|Each year a minor miracle takes
place in Melbourne.
the transformation of a leafy, inner suburban open space
into an international gathering-point for some of the
biggest movers and shakers in world sport.
For the 2004 Fosterís Australian
Grand Prix a small army of construction workers,
organizers, officials and volunteers will once again
change Albert Park into a global shop-window for the
finest in Australian major events.
A few miles of commuter roads
suddenly become a 5.3-kilometre challenge to the
greatest drivers in the world.
a world-beating facility that attracts hundreds of
thousands of people, from dedicated F1 aficionados to
Itís an inner-city party that last
for four days but brings year-round interest as
Melbourne launches the annual FIA Formula One World
the Grand Prix races at the Albert Park race track in
Melbourne. The first Grand Prix was held there in 1953.
There was another held in 1956 but then the state
government banned racing in the park for many years.
The modern series
of Grand Prix races at Albert Park in Melbourne began in
1995 and have been held every year since.