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2010 Festival of Sport – San Fernando Grand Prix Official Release

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2010 Festival of Sport – San Fernando Grand Prix Official Release

In 1986, Trinidad & Tobago was treated to a spectacle of Motorsport that many remember as one of the greatest events they ever witnessed. The effect was so great that spectators rushed on to the roads and racing had to be stopped. So great was their passion for seeing the streets of San Fernando alive with the glorious sound of full race machines at full throttle. The date will November 14th, 2010, the event will be the festival of Sport, the brain child of Selwyn Bunny Persad, past president of TTASA and presently FIA/NACAM delegate, who also holds the position of PRO SECRETARY General on the board of NACAM.

Get ready to experience some of the best action you will ever see on the streets of San Fernando! Yes you’re reading right it’s happening again… Now is your chance so see it all!

San Fernando Grand PrixThe Ministry of Sport and the City of San Fernando has granted all the necessary approvals. Of course this did not happen with arbitrary string-pulling. This is a privately organized event held in collaboration with the city and MSYA. Admission will be FREE. All costs involved will be borne by sponsorship and interested parties can contact the committee members at the end of this release. Racers can do the same, although most of the cars have already been earmarked by their respective racing fraternities. This event is clearly then not about the almighty dollar as long as running costs are covered. It is however, about giving the City of San Fernando an experience they will never forget and if all goes well, for the right reasons.

The streets on the popular “cross” aka Cross Crossing Intersection and the highway roads there will be used to form a road course as shown in the diagram. There will be walkovers between Skinner Park and the stands on the road to allow free and easy access to concessions and additional seating. Portable toilet booths will be placed throughout the venue. There will also be commemorative merchandise on sale so you can let everyone know you were there. There will be stands placed near the hairpins and straightaways for a choice of which action you would like to observe.

In terms of safety, the entire course is rated for up to 70mph collisions and will be certified by FIA officials who will fly in two days before for final inspection. They are from NACAM which is the western hemispheric arm of the FIA. Chicanes will be used to slow the cars down from their potential speeds of well over 100mph and allow more opportunities for passing and braking duels. Tire and water filled barriers will be used along with fencing and elevated stands to ensure that everyone is out of harm’s way. Local TTASA officials will be inspecting, certifying, organizing run groups and directing the Car and Kart races.

The day’s programme is packed even with a 6am start and is scheduled to be closed to allow free traffic access safely by 3:30-4:00pm at which point activities will be limited to Skinner’s Park itself. The proposed schedule is as follows:

Official Itinerary

Paid Parking will be provided in the Stadium by the City of San Fernando and of course food and drinks will be on sale, also to be handled by the City. Please remember to comply with police officers, officials and marshalls on the day as access will be restricted and directed for everyone’s safety. Regular traffic flow will be accommodated through auxiliary roads and shoppers will still be able to access JTA Supermarket and the NP Gas Station. So remember to set aside the date on your calendar, November 14th and get there early!

Here is a map showing the proposed circuit track layout. There will be chicanes along the longer stretches to slow the cars down and to add more technical sections to the course (click to enlarge):

Proposed track layout

The following are the approval letters from the San Fernando City Cooperation and the Minister of Sport respectively:

City of San Fernando approval

Ministry of Sport approval

32 Responses to “2010 Festival of Sport – San Fernando Grand Prix Official Release”

  1. User avatar

    armagedon

    Sep 29th, 2010

    Yes folks, it’s a fact. Link is absolutely correct, for the Grand Prix is here – November 14th 2010. Please check TTASA"S Website www.ttasaonline.com for full details.

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    .:PROZAC:..

    Sep 29th, 2010

    oh father, a next bearer of good news.

  3. User avatar

    rollingstock

    Sep 29th, 2010

    Just over a year from one event to the next, talk bout burning the candle at both ends :?

  4. User avatar

    SmokeyGTi

    Sep 29th, 2010

    ibtl?

  5. User avatar

    SR

    Sep 29th, 2010

    no thanks

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    SUPAstarr

    Sep 29th, 2010

    at least this one actually has details

    FESTIVAL OF MOTOR SPORT
    FIA / NACAM SAN FERNANDO GRAND PRIX

    All roads lead to San Fernando on Sunday 14th November, 2010 !!!

    History will be written from 7.00 am Sunday morning, starting with the MAYOR’S 5K EVENT, followed by a loaded schedule inclusive of Grand prix circuit racing, karting, exotic and antique car displays, performances by the Mini Club, Offroad and most of the varied motor sport clubs !!

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    Lucian-2nr

    Sep 29th, 2010

    Mr Gear wrote:
    I’m locking this Thread because it is a waste of time. Some other generous mod may reopen it and grant you a space to waste people’s time but I’m locking it down.

    :lol: :lol:

  8. User avatar

    RoTaRyBoYz

    Sep 29th, 2010

    "all the money dem fellas thief", dey cyah get a proper website to promote their organization? :roll:

    Paging Mr Gear :mrgreen:

  9. User avatar

    pete

    Sep 29th, 2010

    Driving school will be at EMBD Development, Balmain, Couva

    Where exactly is this located? Might be interested in doing the driving school/time attack as it’s the week before Solodex.

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    ImamurA

    Sep 29th, 2010

    apparatly its the place between balmain and camden on couva main road…as soon as you pass the village itself at balmain there are some narrow roads on the right hand side of the main road…i think thats where they are talking about….

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    pete

    Sep 29th, 2010

    Yeah I pulled up google earth and found where it is.

    Looks interesting but I dunno if I’ll be able to compete cuz i don’t have a helmet yet..

    I assume minimum safety requirements as per TTASA SOP is helmet and a fire extinguisher in the the car right?

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    Trini Hookah

    Sep 29th, 2010

    armagedon wrote:
    Welcome to the end of the world.

    :shock: :shock: :shock:

    :skurry: :skurry: :skurry:

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    DrunkenMaster16

    Sep 29th, 2010

    they still saying fia???? kiss meh rass

  14. User avatar

    bushwakka

    Sep 29th, 2010

    gosh another ttasa event

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    Yorkshirelass

    Sep 29th, 2010

    "Additionally, competitors who are members of affiliate organisations must present documentary support from their respective organisations with regard to competency" – Taken from the TTASA website. Question I have is ….Who exactly are these affiliate organistions???

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    SR

    Sep 29th, 2010

    dig deep into this and see who is really running things and who are just puppets

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    UML

    Sep 29th, 2010

    pete wrote:
    Driving school will be at EMBD Development, Balmain, Couva

    Where exactly is this located? Might be interested in doing the driving school/time attack as it’s the week before Solodex.

    looks more like the development after the bridge heading in an easternly direction….it wud be to the north east of the balmain main road….this looks like just before the houses of the village begin

    cud be wrong….if i get a bigger view of the map i wud be certain

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    link

    Sep 30th, 2010

    The EMBD development is east of Camden bridge as you are proceeding to the highway…OR, west from the highway (Couva flyover) along the Couva main Road headed to Camden.
    If you are approaching from the Camden area, it’s about 30 seconds drive from the bridge and on the left.
    From the highway side, the drive is worth about 5 mins and on the right. It’s also next to the main road and the actual roadways which will be used are behind the main road houses.
    There are two entrance/exits in the open, mainroad area & two ‘exit only’ roads between the houses on the mainroad.

    rgds

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    link

    Oct 1st, 2010

    WRT
    the driving school……
    anyone can attend the tutoring session at 9.00am on Sunday 10th Octoberit’s not only for those who must be re-certified in order to enter the San Fernando Grand Prix.

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    link

    Oct 2nd, 2010

    Training officers from FIA/NACAM will be here to conduct training sessions on 10/11/12 November in three categories marshalling, stewardship & medical response. This exercise is certifiable and all organisations should take advantage of this FREE opportunity to upgrade memberships’ abilities & uplift their respective statures.
    This facility could only have been made possible through TTASA exercising it’s responsibility as the FIA ASN & T&T National Sporting Organisation.
    Please remember to present your letters of introduction from your respective organisations so that our records can be properly updated.
    email or tel the TTASA Secretary for additional info.

    www.ttasaonline.com/contact.html
    rgds

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    wagonrunner

    Oct 3rd, 2010

    link wrote:
    WRT
    the driving school……
    anyone can attend the tutoring session at 9.00am on Sunday 10th Octoberit’s not only for those who must be re-certified in order to enter the San Fernando Grand Prix.

    Certified by whom?
    What certification will be awarded?

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    equipped2ripp

    Oct 3rd, 2010

    what history will be written?

    didn’t they have this in San Fernando in the 80s? :?

  23. User avatar

    Mudboy

    Oct 3rd, 2010

    sounds good…more info

  24. User avatar

    Freelander

    Oct 3rd, 2010

    mini club dere i dere!!! talk done!

  25. User avatar

    link

    Oct 4th, 2010

    all motor sport organisations are invited to send a ‘delegation’.
    Please ctc ttasa.secretary@gmail.com for details.

    The driving school is linked to the Grand Prix in terms of drivers who have to re-validate their local FIA licence, but all drivers who wish to enter the San Fernando Grand Prix circuit race events MUST be assessed at this driving school on the 10th October at EMBD Development, Balmain.
    The exceptions are those licensed drivers currently engaged in competition.
    rgds

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    link

    Oct 5th, 2010

    recheck www.ttasaonline.com for links to downloadable entry forms, medical declaration & A.S.R. for the San Fernando Grand Prix.
    .
    Don’t forget the general meeting at Space La Nouba on Thursday 07th October for ALL individuals who have any interest in this event, wether competing, investing or plain spectating.There will be a video presentation & general questions will be fielded by the organising team.
    rgds

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    GEAR_HEAD

    Oct 5th, 2010

    ^^^ time of meeting?

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    link

    Oct 6th, 2010

    :oops:

    time 7.30 pm sharp..
    remember…..as much questions as possible will be fielded by the Committee by all involved in the event…..from sponsor to spectator….we’ve tried to cover ‘all’ the bases, but….u never know….

    rgds

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    kes_vtec

    Oct 6th, 2010

    is good to see that you guys are trying to do things the right way… i hope that this is not just lip service

    next what are the guidelines that scrutineer will be be using…

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    link

    Oct 7th, 2010

    kes_vtec wrote:
    is good to see that you guys are trying to do things the right way… i hope that this is not just lip service

    next what are the guidelines that scrutineer will be be using

    I agree with you…..lip service can be great !!!
    but in this case, NO CAN DO…

    www.ttasaonline.com has the A.S.R. governing the San Fernando Grand Prix. Always remember, these are supplementary regs which are concurrent with the general prescription of rules/regs of motor racing.
    .
    The driving school basic safety requirements for roadworthiness plus helmet/fire extinguisher will be observed for the practical aspect.

    rgds

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    link

    Oct 7th, 2010

    pete wrote:
    Driving school will be at EMBD Development, Balmain, Couva

    Where exactly is this located? Might be interested in doing the driving school/time attack as it’s the week before Solodex.

    ATTENTION ALL

    Specific approval for staging the time attack aspect HAS NOT BEEN GRANTED

    TTASA apologises for cancelling this aspect of the day’s activities, and, whilst it was regarded as an opportunity for the driving school aspirants to immediately raise their horizons, it is not SPECIFICALLY stated in the letter of approval recieved from EMBD.

    TTASA would be officious to assume that said approval is implied in the EMBD approval document and, rather than jeapordise the growing understanding of the needs of motor sport enthusiasts, TTASA prefers to observe the specifics of the approval recieved.
    Rest assured, we are persuing a clear date devoted soley to this exercise.

    rgds

  32. User avatar

    link

    Nov 8th, 2010

    ALL persons officiating at the San Fernando Grand Prix (marshalls, stewards, safety/security officers, drivers/pit crews/sponsors, media, vendors, etc) are requested to attend the event briefing meeting at Space La Nouba on Tuesday 09th November, 2010 at 7.30 pm.
    In short, EVERYONE WHO HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE SFGP SHOULD ATTEND THIS CRUCIAL MEETING.

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