The Bellahøj Park area of Copenhagen has been transformed into a street course each summer since 2013, forming the venue for the city's popular Historic Grand Prix, one of the the flagship events of the Danish racing calendar.
Each August the temporary track bustles with excitement as grids of thundering historic GT, touring car and single-seat racers roar into action, with some of the biggest names in Danish racing taking part.
While the focus has been on historic racing, recent years have seen contemporary championships take part to bring a modern counterpoint. The Danish V8 Thunder series
The event itself dates back to 2001, when it was first organised on roads inside the city's Fælledparken. The not-for-profit event generates funds for local children's charities and enjoys a festive, family-oriented atmosphere, with plenty of off-track attractions and exhibitions. Crowds of up to 30,000 have been known to come out to enjoy the spectacle and the Grand Prix continues to gain in popularity.
The likes of Tom Kristensen and Kevin Magnussen have all taken part in the Grand Prix in one form or another, while HRH Prince Joachim of Denmark is a regular competitor. Around 200 vintage cars participate, with everything from 1920s Bentleys to Jaguars and Porsches from the '50s and Lotus Cortinas and Ford GT40s from the '60s.
The event switched to Bellahøj for 2013, when it benefitted from the larger area and amenities. The course is laid out on public roads around Bellahøj Park. From the start/finish line on Bellahøjvej, the track heads down Hvidkildevej, past the temporary pit facilities put up in the car park of the Grøndal sports centre. Then it heads northwards in a fast blast along Hulgårdsvej. The first iteration of the course narrowed fairly sharply along this stretch as it headed past the sports centre and through a temporary-barrier chicane. Following feedback from the drivers, a larger permanent chicane was added in 2014.
A sweeping curve then brings the cars onto Borups Allé, which leads to a right-left 'Bus Stop' chicane, before a sweeping corner complex brings the cars back onto Bellahøjvej. A chicane midway along the straight leads back to the finish. After being a left-right-left combination in 2013, the chicane direction was reversed for 2014. Fairly short and frenetic, the track posts a reasonable challenge to the drivers, with little respite during the lap. Unyielding concrete awaits anyone who gets it wrong!
In 2014 the circuit also hosted the country's top category in modern racing, the Danish Thundercar Championship, which marked the first time non-historic racing has formed part of the proceedings. With the relatively limited number of permanent circuits in Denmark, the chance to race at a different venue was something the DTC organisers were quick to seize and the event again forms part of the 2015 calendar.
The course gained international attention in 2021, when the Grand Prix welcomed the addition of the Pure Electric Touring Car Championship to the schedule for the first time.