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Old 6 Jun 2002, 23:46   #1
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Remember the old Snetterton?

Anybody remember the 'old' Snetterton circuit in Norfolk UK?
As you approached the track on the A11 road you could see Sear corner then the mile long Norwich Straight leading to the hairpin. This ran parallel to the main road, about 30 feet back behind a small hedge. Many times everyday Sunday motorists were suprised to hear and see a full field of raucous F5000s on the first lap just behind the bushes!
Safety got the better of the place and it was cut in half in 1974. I guess a GT40 ending up in the petrol station forecourt swayed the decision!
Sear corner is still there, just behind the hedge, but moved further back.
The circuit has a new entrance flyover being built right now together with dual carriageway set way back from the track. Shame really - the old straight and hairpin are no more, they have been dug up to create these improvements. Passing motorists will no longer be in danger of having their concentration compromised by lunatics charging around Sear!
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Old 9 Jun 2002, 14:16   #2
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I've got the old snet on Grand Prix Legends and it is one hell of a track after Crystal Palace its my fav british circuit.
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Old Snetterton Pictures

I have always had a soft spot for Snett - I don't know why, probably because I spent so much time there in the 60s/70s as it is the local circuit to me. In those days there were huge crowds and big Internationals.I have posted several pictures before in the other threads in this historic section - here are a few more.
Starting with the start of the Good Friday Group 4 Sportscar race in 1969. Lola T70s on the front row of Redman, Bonnier and Hawkins, with Attwood's John Woolfe T70 and Juncadella's GT40.
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http://www.wheelsarchives.freeserve.co.uk
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The winning car of Paul Hawkins in the same race.
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Trevor Taylor at the end of the old Home Straight runway - where the pay booths are now - about to go under the Dunlop bridge at the Esses.
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Denny Hulme in Sid Taylor's GT40 in 1967.
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And this is how it looked back then.A very fast circuit with challenging corners.
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Just out of interest, would anyone be able to take Andrew's picture of the old circuit layout and overlay it with the new layout for comparison?

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Yeah, I can do that Maisie! Will post it soon.
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Here you go, I hope this works. Old track in grey, new one in black with new entrance bridge at end of Revett Straight. If only they would do away with the Russell chicane and revert to the almost flat Russell kink as on the old track. That sorted out the men from the boys!
However, there is a chicane to be built on the Revett straight, but used only for some bike meetings and the 2cv 24hr race only.
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Many thanks, Andrew, that's fantastic!
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Cracking photos Andrew. I never got to Snetterton during my if-it's-a-weekend-there-must-be-a-race-to-go-to days. It looks fast now on telly but, boy, how much faster it must have been then! I hadn't realised short the current circuit is in comparison.

Marvellous days, when top class fields could be seen at most of the British circuits.
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Dave - I did an Formula Ford Festival there on the old circuit. It was fast and the hairpin at the end of the straight was 'sudden', particularly at the end of lap 1!. I think Donald McLeod was the winner, or Ian Taylor was it? I know Bob Arnott had me off at the hairpin in the final.
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gfm- Ian Taylor won the first Festival, held at Snett in 72.
What did you think of Russell? The old one of course.
I think Don won the second in '73 in the first Van Diemen.
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