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1963 Mexican Grand Prix

Gran Premio de Mexico

Sunday, October 27, 1963
Race winner:
Round:
9
Weather:
Dry and overcast
Laps:
65
Pole position:
Fastest Lap:
Clark, 1m58.1
Country:
Mexico
Circuit:
1963 season:
Report

An easy win for Clark

Mexico City, 27th October

In 1962 the Mexican Automobile Club invited some G.P. drivers to participate in a Formula One race on the circuit at Mexico City. This year, with F.I.A. approval, the race counts in the World Championship series and therefore attracted a big entry.

The circuit is situated in a 600-acre sports arena which consists of 48 football pitches, 55 baseball grounds, 100 basket-ball pitches four Olympic-size swimming pools, innumerable changing and locker rooms, children's playgrounds, and the 5-kilometre race track. The area in which the track is built is perfectly flat, as is all Mexico City, this area being a dried-up lake bed. The land belonged to an Indian tribe and when it was confiscated the Indians were promised that their sacred burial ground would not be built on. So, behind the pits is a walled-off area in which there can be seen many weird grave markers.

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