The course began at the harbor-front "Esplanada do Rio de Janeiro", continued on "Avenida da Boavista", (hence the circuit's name), and then twisted its way through small neighborhoods back to the start-finish line.
The first Grand Prix was held in 1958, and saw an act of sportsmanship by Stirling Moss. Moss came to the defense of his countryman and title rival Mike Hawthorn, who faced a penalty for having driven towards oncoming traffic after a spin. Moss persuaded the stewards not to disqualify Hawthorn, who retained his second place and 6 points. Hawthorn eventually won the drivers championship by 1 point over Moss.
The 1960 running was a race of attrition, with only four cars finishing within five laps of winner Jack Brabham. Accidents and mechanical problems ended the day early for future champions John Surtees, Phil Hill, Graham Hill and others.
|1951||Casimiro de Oliveira||Ferrari|
|1953||José Arroyo Nogueira Pinto||Ferrari|
|Not held in 1954|
|Not held in 1956 and 1957|
|Not held in 1959|
The circuit was revived in 2005, though it was shortened from the original layout, now measuring 4.800 km. Now every two years the event takes place, accompanied by some auto-shows and exhibits. Besides the Boavista Historic Grand Prix, there are also races for recent car models. In 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 the track staged the FIA WTCC Race of Portugal, an event which included in its programme European motorsport categories such as International Formula Master and Portuguese national competitions.
In 2015 the Porto City Council decided to suspend the circuit, saying that given the cut in support from Turismo de Portugal, spending about three million euros on the event would be irresponsible.
|FIA WTCC Race of Portugal-Boavista|
|2007||Race 1||Alain Menu||Chevrolet|
|Race 2||Andy Priaulx||BMW|
|2009||Race 1||Gabriele Tarquini||SEAT||Report|
|Race 2||Augusto Farfus||BMW|
|2011||Race 1||Alain Menu||Chevrolet||Report|
|Race 2||Robert Huff||Chevrolet|
|2013||Race 1||Yvan Muller||Chevrolet||Report|
|Race 2||James Nash||Chevrolet|
- "Image: o1_rs_circuito%20da%20boavista%202011_painel%20geral__10_a4.JPG, (4734 × 3429 px)". circuitodaboavista.com. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
- "Movimento diz que chegada do eléctrico à marginal mostra que câmara não queria Circuito da Boavista no Porto" (in Portuguese). Público. December 17, 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2021.