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Report - Reims F1 Circuit, France - August 08

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by xm657, Sep 5, 2008.

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    The old F1 circuit near Reims is about 2 hours South of Calais, and was last used for an F1 race in 1972. It hosted 14 French Grands Prix.
    As most of the course was on public roads the circuit, the pits and grandstands were left pending being used again. But apart from the occassional amateur meet the circuit has been silent for over 30 years.

    I called in to see what remained and the atmosphere was amazing. I could really imagine Fangio, Sterling Moss and the rest thundering past the grandstand I sat and had my lunch in. The locals have partially repainted some of the site, which I have mixed feelings about. There's no structural restoration, just touching up the original paint work.

    Some history from Wikipedia

    And now the pictures - all with a camera phone so some of the best angles were spoilt but here the best of the rest.

    First a shot of the grandstands and pits at some time in the 50s, they've hardly changed today

    Standing in the 3rd floor commentary position viewing the main straight and grandstand opposite - where I'm standing and the grandstand are clearly visible in the old photo above

    And the view from opposite

    The bare inside of the box

    and the dodgy steps I used to reach it!

    The subway under the main straight is now redundant on what is just a quiet country road

    This is the only recognisable bit of the large building from the old photo at the bottom. Its very derelict but this sign remains

    Inside viewing the roof of the grandstand

    My bike waits in the pit lane

    Finanally a lap of the old circuit back in the day someone has put on Youtube, skip to 1:57 to actually see the buildings in my report


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