Start your engines: Formula 1’s coming to Jerusalem

‘Formula 2013: The Peace Road Show’ to hit city streets in June

race car formual 1 driver 370 (photo credit: REUTERS)
race car formual 1 driver 370
(photo credit: REUTERS)
For the first time, Formula 1’s internationally renowned race cars and drivers will traverse the capital’s streets.
The event, scheduled for June 13 to 14, is part of Formula 1’s “Peace Road Show” and will feature world-class cars and drivers representing Ferrari, Mercedes and Audi, among others. The cars will be exhibited before the show at the Old Train Station from June 9 to 13.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, a former race car driver who has competed in events in Israel and abroad, said he was delighted the city had been chosen by Formula 1, joining the ranks of Monaco, New York, Moscow, Rotterdam and Sao Paolo.
“Jerusalem joins other leading cities in the world which hold motor sports events attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators, who contribute greatly to the city’s economy, tourism and world image,” Nir said in an interview with Ynet.
He added that “the planned track is beautiful and attractive, combining the Old City walls and Jerusalem’s unique landscape with one of the most popular sports in the world.”
The cavalcade is scheduled to travel from the Cinematheque to Sultan’s Pool and the Tower of David, through Mamilla Boulevard, continue past the King David Hotel to Liberty Bell Park, on to the Old Train Station and then back to the Cinematheque.
“Ferrari Challenge” cars will also participate in demo drives, as will drift cars with powerful V8 engines. Chris Pfeiffer of Germany, one of the world’s most renowned stunt riders, will showcase a high-speed, daredevil performance.
The public is invited to view the event for free from special viewing areas along the route. Tickets for access to raised seating spots will be available for purchase.