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1957 Reims Grand Prix

Grand Prix de Reims

Sunday, July 14, 1957
Fastest Lap:
Behra, 2m27.8
1957 season:

Ferrari Has a Clean Sweep

Reims, July 13/14th.

With the Grand Prix de l'A.C.F. being run at Rouen this year the organisers of the Reims circuit were left without a World Championship meeting for their high-speed circuit. As the B.P. fuel and oil company were sponsoring the meeting once again, with enormous prize money as last year, a veritable fiesta of speed and sport was laid on. So great is the Automobile Club de Champagne, who run the Reims races, that the whole meeting was well able to stand on its own; in fact, it is to be hoped that the French Grand Prix will continue to be held at Rouen, and the Reims Weekend become important in its own right, just as Le Mans stands on its own.

The plans for Reims envisaged a 12-hour race for Gran Turismo cars at midnight Saturday until midday Sunday, then lunch, and at 2 p.m. a full-scale Formula II race, followed by a full-scale Formula 1 Grand Prix. With all this racing activity in view practice began on the preceding Wednesday and it was the Formula II cars that first used the high-speed triangular circuit, but with three days available there were not many cars out, though it was clear that Cooper-Climax cars were going to dominate the entry.