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Old 29 Jul 2013, 22:04 (Ref:3283477)   #1
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Abandoned tracks

There is something very haunting about race tracks that have been reclaimed by nature, either because they have been modified or abandoned completely. Reims, Interlagos, Osterreichring, Hockenheim, Monza banking all spring to mind.
The link below shows some beautiful night time, very long exposure pics from Brooklands.

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Anyone got any pics to add?
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Old 30 Jul 2013, 07:33 (Ref:3283661)   #2
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A repeat of one of my posts from May 2009 in another thread.

A had a few hours spare while I was in London so made a nostalgic trip to Crystal Palace. CP was the first race track I ever visited and I was there for it's final meeting.

As seen on Google Earth with layout and corner names added:



The startline and pits circa 1971...


...a similar view 12.30pm 12/03/2009 (yesterday) - My apologies for the quality, these were taken with the camera on my mobile phone!


1971...


...2009


A view from towards the back of the grid. A short stretch has been grassed over.


Looking back towards the startline - the tarmac here looks like it could be all that's left from CP's racing days.


Heading towards North Tower.


North Tower in..


...North Tower out.


The Glade


Park Curve. This area was out of bounds for spectators. I never realised the houses were so close. No wonder there were complaints about the noise.


New Link.


Stadium straight. There is a little track by the blue boxes which I think maybe for radio controlled cars.


Stadium straight towards Ramp Bend. The Grandstand and offices now use part of the circuit.


Ramp Bend. I think the concrete wall on the left may have been around in racing days.


Anerley Ramp


Maxim Rise. The bridge from the station that went over the track has gone.


Finally heading into South Tower.


It's sad that there appears to be no recognition that racing took place there. I was chatting to a chap who was walking his dog and he had no idea what I was talking about. There is a little Museum on site, but unfortunately that was closed due to structural damage by vandals!

At least the Sprint has brought some sort of motor Sport back to CP.
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Old 30 Jul 2013, 08:43 (Ref:3283686)   #3
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Those are great, thanks. How often does the sprint run? Is it annual?

Your comment about the lack of acknowledgement that racing took place there reminded me of the old, and long built over, Westmead track between Durban (my hometown) and Pinetown in South Africa. The area still features Circuit Road, Clark Road, Moss Road and Hocking Road. As well as the more ambitious Kyalami Road, Suzuka Road, Le Mans Place, Monaco Place, Daytona Place, Monza Road, Goodwood Road, Monte Carlo Road etc.
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Sam Collins (of this Parish) has compiled a fantastic book 'Autodrome' that is a coffee table must have.

Also been following an American group on facebook about the same thing: https://www.facebook.com/LostSpeedways

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second sam's book, the photography is absolutely excellent.

hockenheim has the abandoned section, of which just the back straight into the stadium remains. that's now used as a car park. the rest was torn up and replanted with trees and the whole area is used by the locals for walking and cycling.

obviously monza has a ton of disused sections that extend beyond just the oval. i've pretty much found all of them on the ground and photographed them now. it's the most important shrine to motorsport on the planet, imo.
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second sam's book, the photography is absolutely excellent.
Did 'Autodrome 2' ever emerge?
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I went and found bits of the Sudschliefe when Iw as last at the Nordschliefe!

Totally lined with trees, then you find that bikes used to run there in the old days, mental!
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Autodrome...the bain of my life at the time, but it is a great book. The photography was by Gavin Ireland, he is fantastic, am lucky have a couple of the autodrome pics as prints tucked away, I really should get them framed.

Not sure if 2 ever emerged...Sam?!

Edit: A quick google shows it did come out, although I don't know if it available anywhere though and there is also one called speedway buy Sam and Gavin too.

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Old 30 Jul 2013, 17:22 (Ref:3283860)   #9
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Not a track but the Paddock.

Spanish GP 1975. The ill fated race at Montuic used a derelict Stadium for the Paddock.




Since rebuilt for the 90's Olympic Games.

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Reims is always worth a visit.



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Great thread guys.

Oh and Alan, I've hit that wall at Ramp Bend many times in GPL - but chunder won't thank me for mentioning it.....
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I would love to visit Reims some time.
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Great thread guys.

Oh and Alan, I've hit that wall at Ramp Bend many times in GPL - but chunder won't thank me for mentioning it.....

....the odd GLTL hit as well. My apologies for picture quality

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I would love to visit Reims some time.
Reims is definitely worth a visit. When these pictures were taken a chap was surveying the site to see what can be done to keep the buildings preserved.









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Yes, I'd love to go there too. And Rouen, although the locals have virtually erased all memory of the fact that there was a great race circuit there..... This is quite an interesting read...

http://8w.forix.com/6thgear/rouen.html

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http://www.circuitsofthepast.nl/en-U...Left=0&AG_MK=0

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