Zurich Gnome

The journal of a Swiss-based motor-racing enthusiast.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Anyone for Sherry?

Jerez de la Frontera in Spain has two connotations for me. First of all it's the home of Sherry, that excellent drink commonly associated with the elder generation which I seem to be getting ever nearer. I suspect the reason we call the golden liquid "sherry", is because early British consumers wouldn't have been able to cope with the Castellano pronounciation after a couple of pints of product. But that's neither here nor there.

Because there's also the race track. Scene of the great 1986 Spanish GP, where Senna beat Mansell by 0.014 of a second. Except Senna wouldn't have won if the finish line hadn't been moved on the day before the race, as Mansell had passed him by the time they'd got to the original line. But before conspiracy theorists start getting excited, I don't think anyone really expected such a close finish - I just wanted to mention the heritage of the track, and to say that testing of this year's GP cars started there today. If you're really keen, you can check out the pictures.


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