In 1922 a speed competition for race cars was arranged in Sweden for the first time. The first competition took place at Ladugårdsgärde, Stockholm, and was arranged by KAK. In spite of winter climate, they succeeded in making a 2,600 metres track with almost summer characteristics.
One of the most difficult curves was where the business centre Fältöversten is today. Previous speed competitions took place on straight ice tracks with no more than about two cars on the track at the same time - not so interesting for the spectators. Now the cars were racing towards each other, lap after lap. Of course, this was more exciting for the spectators as well as for the drivers.
The King Gustaf V and other members from the Royal family took the opportunity, together with a great number of spectators this sunny winter Sunday, to be present at this first competition. A great success, thanks to the generosity of different public authorities. 29 cars - from the smaller European types to the bigger American ones - were participating in seven different classes.
Most thrilling was the big car class, where the fastest car participating - an unruly Minerva - was driven by the then famous car director Hans Osterman. To attract spectators the race cars had been driving through Stockholm in a motor parade. Today’s follow up of the competitions from the 1920`s, Prins Bertil Memorial, is opened in exactly the same way and has become one of the most attractive events in Stockholm.
After the traditional “Dixieland Music breakfast” with about 500 historic vehicles and drivers wearing “old fashion clothes” follows the Historical Motor Parade in Stockholm City, and then the participants get together at Biskopsudden/Djurgården, where a lot of activities start. The highlight of the day is normally a track race of 2.500 metres, where you are not supposed to drive as fast as possible but with the most constant speed, a regularity race.
Here the spectators can see many classical sports cars, 50 years or older. Other popular favourites are the "Concours de Charme" where the participants are wearing clothes that are true to the period of the vehicles. Classic Boat Show and the Historical Airplane fly pass (weather permitting) are all attractive events accompanied by a lot of Dixieland Music.
Prins Bertil Memorial – an unique show of motor and cultural history in exquisite surroundings!For more information and application do not hesitate to contact us: PBM@gardesloppet.com