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Rare Video: King Farouk at the 1947 Formula Grand Prix in Cairo

Video footage dating back to 1947 shows Egypt's King Farouk at the edge of his seat as he watches automobiles racing across the streets of Cairo. "Next time, let's hope a British team will be competing," says the English commentator at the end of the video.

A rare video of the 1947 Formula Grand Prix in Cairo was posted on Monday on Facebook page Archive Egypt. As shown in the video, the event was attended by Egypt's last Monarch, King Farouk, who awarded the Grand Prix Cup to the Italian winner.

The race took place on the streets of Cairo, and consisted of 50 lap rounds, with a total distance of approximately 72 KM. King Farouk is seen excitedly watching the racing automobiles while conversing with his company.

The Formula Grand Prix first took place in 1904 in France, and is considered the legitimate predecessor of the now-renowned Formula One race.

"Next time, let's hope a British team will be competing," the English commentator says at the end of the video.


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