Up to Speed

Illustration for TIME by Andy Potts

Like the city in which it is held, the Macau Grand Prix has long been biding its time. For years, it trundled along in the bottom tier of race-car meetings as a sort of amateur's Monaco, the field dominated by weekend drivers and their hobby cars. These days, however, it is bigger, louder and definitely on the world map — fueled in large measure by the growth of Macau itself.

From Nov. 15-18, a 900-strong media corps and some 260 competitors will swarm upon China's gaming capital for the 54th Macau Grand Prix. The...

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