Jerusalem prepares for the return of Formula 1 Road Show
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Jerusalem prepares for the return of Formula 1 Road Show

Mayor Nir Barkat is confident the showcase will draw tourists and help foster a positive image of the capital

A worker cleans a Ferrari racing car as he prepares it for display prior to the opening of a racing car and motorcycle exhibition held at the Old Jerusalem Train Station, on June 9, 2013 (photo credit: Flash90)
A worker cleans a Ferrari racing car as he prepares it for display prior to the opening of a racing car and motorcycle exhibition held at the Old Jerusalem Train Station, on June 9, 2013 (photo credit: Flash90)

The Jerusalem Formula Peace Road Show returns for its second year on Monday and Tuesday (October 6 and 7), with drivers to perform stunts and complete a circuit showcasing some of the world’s most exclusive vehicles.

In a municipality press release, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat hailed the success of last year’s Formula Peace Road Show that attracted over 250,000 spectators, saying that the event significantly contributed to the city’s tourism economy.

Barkat is confident that the road shows give the world a different perspective of Jerusalem. “The pictures of the Formula 1 cars racing through our streets sent an international message that Jerusalem is an open, welcoming city in which sport and entertainment are enjoyed by residents and tourists alike,” the mayor and former race-car driver said in his press release.

The circuit will follow a route similar to that of last year, beginning at the Old Train Station, past the Cinematheque, Old City walls, Mamilla Mall, and the King David Hotel before returning to the renovated train station, where all of the vehicles will be on display until October 17.

The Road Show will also highlight a team of young Israeli drivers: F3 drivers, Roi Nissany and Yarin Stern; F4 driver, Bar Baruch; and GT Series driver, Alon Day.

Although the event is free of charge, the 2013 Formula 1 race angered many Jerusalem residents, who saw the 2.5-million-shekel motor event — which shut down the city center — as a hassle and a waste of money.

Police announced extensive road closures throughout Jerusalem on Monday from 11:00-20:00, and Tuesday from 12:00 to 20:00, including Yitzhak Kariv Street, King David Street, Agron Street, David Remez Street, Keren Hayesod Street, Jabotinsky Street, Derech Beit Lechem, and the Tzahal Square tunnel in both directions.

Jerusalem joins New York, Sao Paulo, Moscow and Macau, which have all have hosted similar Formula 1 showcases.

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