Early August Events: The pinnacle of a petrol-head’s year – The Post

Early August Events: The pinnacle of a petrol-head’s year

(photo: CHGP Facebook page)
July 29th, 2017 7:00 am| by Aaron Hathaway (unless stated)
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Held since 2001, the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix is the premier event in Danish motorsports – a high-octane, mobile museum of motoring history.

Where the CHGP differs from other races is its dedicated focus to historical vehicles. The event attracts iconic cars and seasoned drivers from across Denmark and beyond, with mid-century Porsches taking corners alongside interwar Bugattis.

While these timeless vehicles tend to outshine their drivers, the CHGP brings its fair share of distinguished racers, too. In 2008, nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen took to the course, and every year sees the return visit of Denmark’s very own Crown Prince Joachim, who is both a sponsor and competitor in the races.

Bellahøj, the quiet residential suburb some 5 km outside Copenhagen, plays host to the races every year. During the first weekend of August the area echoes with the vintage snarl of straight-eight engines, barreling along the many curves of the Historic Grand Prix’s purpose-built, 2.4 km concrete race track.

However, the CHGP isn’t just limited to the track. Festivities include children’s events, concessions and a historic car park, where guests will see a wide range of privately owned vintage cars spanning nearly a century of automotive development.

If you’re planning to pay a visit this August, the CHGP isn’t hard to find – just follow the sharp scent of racing fuel exhaust.

Scandinavian Beach Polo
Aug 3-5; Hornbæk Strand; VIP tickets 1,500kr; scandinavianbeachpolo.com

Don’t miss out on a day of luxury at the beach watching polo. VIP tickets include champagne and caviar, a set lunch and afternoon tea with cake. There will be plenty of action with three matches each day. (PS)

Strøm Festival
Aug 2-5; locations vary; stromcph.dk

For the 11th straight year, the Strøm Festival will bring rib-rattling bass to venues across Copenhagen and Frederiksberg. Churches, nightclubs and parks play host to concerts in this four-day celebration of electro beats.

Stella Polaris
Aug 3; Frederiksberg Have; free adm; stella-polaris.dk

This one-day festival has a heavy emphasis on chill-out electronic music. The open-air event is celebrating its 20-year anniversary this year and will feature electronic artists such as Groove Armada. (PS)

Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix


Aug 5-6; Hvidkildevej 64, Cph NV; chgp.dk