For racing fans, especially F1 enthusiasts, waiting for the new edition of the F1 gaming franchise for PlayStation and Xbox One has become somewhat of a annual ritual. While we love to write about all the forgotten circuits that have played their part in racing history over the years on Circuits of the Past, there are other ways in which we can enjoy some of these forgotten tracks.
It was Tuesday August 4, 2015 when I was underway from Wavre to Francorchamps. The weather was very bad that day and around Liege was a huge traffic jam. I was underway to a special place, the circuit of Spa-Francorchamps. Spa-Francorchamps is for many people the most beatiful circuit in the world. For me it's a place full of memories to the early 90's. The time that the world was, short after the fall of the iron curtain, naively optimistic.
It's August 2, 2015. In the morning I leave my hotel in Thillois, near the old circuit of Reims-Gueux (See my previous blog). My next destination is the Belgian city of Mettet. For this day I planned a visit to the old street circuit with the famous banked corners.
After I visited Nivelles and Chimay, both in Belgium, in the morning of this first of August, I traveled to the North of France for the third destination of this day. The circuit ruin of Reims-Gueux. The shortest way was over country roads, but unfortunately traffic was regularly held up by slow tractors. When I started to get hungry at noon and was stuck behind a tractor again, I just passed a restaurant. I decided that this was the perfect moment for a break.
The second circuit on my circuit tour of 2015 was Chimay. The first time I heard about this Belgian street circuit was in 1992, after the fatal accident of Guy Nève. In a magazine the track was described as boring and less technical with mainly long straights.