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Paul Wederfoort and the 1985 Curaçao Grand Prix

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#1 Nanni Dietrich

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Posted 27 August 2022 - 07:01

Paul Wederfoort was the organiser of the infamous Formula 3000 Curaçao GP of  13 October 1985. The off-season race, sanctioned by SCCA, was held on a street course in the capital city of Willemstad. The track was very narrow and slippery, reportedly several drivers drove their cars in practice with wet tyres... John Nielsen won the race in a works Ralt, ahead of ivan Capelli and Claudio Langes.


Paul Wederfoort, the greatest racing promoter in the Island, lost his life while competing in a dragster race, presumably at the Curaçao International Raceway.

No date, no details, nothing about this fatality.



#2 Nanni Dietrich

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Posted 07 September 2022 - 08:30

According to MyHeritage website, Paul Wederfoort's date of death was 20 September 1998, in Willemstad, island of Curaçao.

#3 Porsche718

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Posted 07 September 2022 - 22:20

Wederfoort's death happened on Sunday, 20 September 1998 at the Willemstad's Curacao Drag Racing Circuit.


I quote from "www.motorsportmemorial.org"


"The circumstances of the accident are still uncertain, as it has not yet been clarified whether Paul Wederfoort was at the track as a competitor, a spectator or any other role and it is not known whether the accident happened during a race, while practicing for a specific event or carrying out a private test."


Cheers Steve

Edited by Porsche718, 07 September 2022 - 22:21.

#4 Nemo1965

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Posted 08 September 2022 - 06:30



Using my native language, I found a posting from 2016 in which a certain Gustavo Santander from Curacao asks about a recent drag-event: 'Is mijn bij een drag race omgekomen vriend Paul Wederfoort nog herdacht?' Translated: 'Was there a remembrance for my friend Paul Wederfoort, who was killed in a drag-race?'


There was no e-mailadress in this posting, perhaps you can trace him down anyway. First indication: yes, Paul died during a dragrace.