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Changing Guias: 60 Years of the Macau Grand Prix

First run in November, 1954 as a club race for local motoring enthusiasts, the Macau Grand Prix has evolved into what many believe is the finest street circuit race meeting in the world. Here we look back at some of the highlights of the last 60 years.


Austrian Dieter Quester, driving a BMW Formula 2, won the 17th Macau Grand Prix, three laps ahead of second place man Albert Poon's Brabham BT30. Singapore's Anne Wong won the 20-lap Touring Car Race in a Mini-Cooper S and Indonesia's Benny Hidajat, riding a Yamaha YSI, took the chequered flag in the fourth Motor Cycle Grand Prix.

Crack German driver Dieter Glemser, in a factory Ford Capri RS, won the 20-lap Production Car Race by more than two minutes over his nearest rival. Japanese riders O. Motohashi and S. Minuro swept the 54-strong field to take top honours in the fifth Motor Cycle Grand Prix, both on factory Yamahas. The 18th Macau Grand Prix saw 29 cars on the grid, with victory going, for a second time, to Jan Bussell, with Japan's Riki Ohkubo in second and fellow countryman Ken Misaki in third.

John MacDonald made history when he won the first running of the Guia Race (originally run over 201.4 miles, the race was then known as the "Guia 200") in an Austin Cooper and the same year won the Grand Prix in a Brabham BT36. MacDonald's win made him the only competitor to have won all three international events. Japanese Yamaha riders took the top three spots on the Motor Cycle GP rostrum with victory going to Ikujiro Takai, second place to Yutaka Oda, and third to Akira Teuri.

Hong Kong's John MacDonald, won his third Grand Prix in 1973 driving a Brabham BT 40, followed by Indonesian Sonny Rajah and Singapore's Graeme Lawrence. More than 100 entries were received for the seventh Motor Cycle Grand Prix, won by Japan's Ken Araoka on a Suzuki. Araoka also set a new lap record of 2:56.68, the first rider to lap the Guia Circuit in under three minutes. To accommodate the huge number of entries, the Macau Grand Prix introduced a six-lap "Organiser's Trophy Race" for non-qualifiers in the Motor Cycle GP.

Australian Vern Schuppan drove to a run-away victory in the Grand Prix, setting a new lap record of 2:30.96 and taking the chequered flag in his March 722 more than four laps ahead of second placed David Purley and five laps ahead of Herb Adamczyk. Japan's Nobuhide Tachi won the 53-lap Guia Race in his Toyota Celica TA and fellow countryman Kawasaki Hiroyuki rode his Yamaha to victory in the eighth Motor Cycle GP.

With his win in the 21st Macau Grand Prix John MacDonald became the Macau Grand Prix's most victorious driver with wins in the 1965, 1972, 1973 and 1975 events. Nobuhide Tachi won the Guia Race for the second year running and the top three places in the 25-lap Motor Cycle GP went to Japanese riders Hideo Kanaya, Ken Araoka and Sadeo Asami.

British bike ace Chas Mortimer finally broke the Japanese stranglehold on the Motor Cycle Grand Prix with his victory in 1976. Theodore Racing's Vern Schuppan won his second Grand Prix in a Ralt, but it was team mate Alan Jones who stole the show when he set a scorching lap record of 2:21.44 in his March - a record which would stand unbroken for the next eight years. Following in the footsteps of her record-setting husband Albert, Diana Poon, became the first woman to drive a single seater on the Guia circuit. Popular Hong Kong driver Herb Adamczyk took victor's laurels in the 40-lap Guia Race in his Porsche Carrera RS and for the first time, the Macau Grand Prix was run as a FIA-recognised event.

Italy's Ricardo Patrese drove his Team Harper Chevron to a decisive victory in the 40-lap Grand Prix, run to FIA Formula Pacific regulations. Kiwi Steve Millen was second and Australian Andrew Medicke was third. Peter Chow won the Guia Race, and set a new lap record of 2:52.50, in his Toyota Celica and Kawasaki UK rider Mick Grant smashed the Motor Cycle GP lap record when he rode the 3.8 miles of the Guia Circuit in 2:48.38 on his way to victory.  


In 1978, the Macao Grand Prix celebrated its 25th anniversary in grand style. Bob Harper, ably assisted by Teddy, went about organising a "Race of Giants". And giants they were, with the likes of His Royal Highness Prince Birabongse (after whom Thailand's race track Bira Circuit is named), Jack Brabham (now Sir Jack Brabham OBE), Phil Hill, Denny Hulme, Jacky Ickx, Stirling Moss (now also Sir Stirling Moss), Bobby Unser - and of course Teddy Yip - lining up for the start.

In celebration of the 25th ,Aniversary of the Macao Grand Prix.Hong Kong's Bob Harper pulled out all the stops and organised the Race of Giants.The world's racing legends converged on the race meeting including.

1. Bobby Unser
2. Sir Jack Brabham
3. Mike Hailwood.

For the first time, the Motor Cycle GP was run in two legs of 15 laps each; Sadeo Asami, riding a Yamaha TZ-OW, was the clear winner of both legs while Steve Parrish was second on points, and Bernard Murray, third. Herb Adamczyk took the chequered flag in the Guia Race, followed by Japan's Masahiro Hasemi and countryman Nobuhide Tachi. Geoff Lees' Theodore Racing March Ford took victory in the Grand Prix over Ricardo Patrese.