Grand Prix Gold: Dallas 1984

Grand Prix Gold: Dallas 1984

The Dallas Grand Prix only happened once, in the heat of the summer of 1984, and anyone who was there will never forget it for good, and bad, reasons. A classic race, a crumbling track, a threatened boycott and a great read

A bizarre weekend. The inaugural Dallas Grand Prix had many modern F1 ingredients: an unsatisfactory track, a threatened boycott of the race by the drivers, a row about passes, a press conference at which a lot of drivers came across like petulant brats. And all of this in temperatures of more than a hundred degrees.

On Sunday morning the condition of the track surface was nothing less than a disgrace, a blend of crumbling tarmacadam and soft concrete. The warm-up was postponed, then cancelled altogether. The race finally got under way a little late, with no one knowing quite what to expect.

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