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Downtown, Detroit, June 5th
The big surprise, albeit a pleasant one, was that another Formula One race was held in Detroit. By any standards the 1982 event was a bit of a shambles and justified the simple rule that was not adhered to. Any new venue for a World Championship race is supposed to run a non-championship race first of all, to get the circuit and organisation working properly and to prove that the organisation is capable of running a World Championship event. Somehow this rule did not apply to Detroit in 1982 and that first event was a success more by luck than judgement. In my report I said "For a first attempt the Detroit Grand Prix was a bit of a shambles at times but enjoyable nevertheless and I am sure the organisers will learn by their mistakes." Well, I am pleased to say that they did, and this year's race round the streets of downtown Detroit, the motor city of the USA, or "Motown" as they call it, was a great success. So much so, in fact, that everyone was saying the day afterwards that the 1984 event was assured and they could see no reason why it should not become a permanent fixture in the Formula One calandar.