The 1982 United States Grand Prix West was commonly known as the “Long Beach Grand Prix”, the race was held on the city streets of Long Beach from 1976 to 1983. The full race is available to watch above, the event itself starts at 10:20 and there’s a little bit of German spoken at the beginning, followed by some American pre-race commentary before the familiar voices of James Hunt and Murray Walker crackle through the speakers to provide full commentary for the race itself.

As we have the modern Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas this Sunday I though it’d be a good idea to give you a little historical context for Formula 1 in the USA. I’ve always been a fan of the Long Beach street circuit, in fact I kind of think they should bring it back. Watching vintage Formula 1 cars slide around corners, grazing the walls with their tires always makes for a great viewing experience.

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