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Circuits of the past

Remember the motor racing circuits of the past!

A lap at TT Circuit Assen 1925

A photo tour around the 28.4 Km. long version of the first circuit of Assen, which was not really in Assen, where the first ever Dutch TT was held in 1925. By Herman Liesemeijer.

dutch tt assen 1925 start finish site grolloerstraat rolde
Here at the Grolloërstraat in Rolde was the Start/Finish of the first ever motorrace in the Netherlands.

dutch tt assen 1925 first corner
The firs corner was also the first angle of the triangular race track.


Leaving Rolde we enter this nice little country road...


But than a fence is blocking the road!


It's the new main road the N33.


After a detour we contunue the old circuit.


In 1925 this was an S-corner...


Today it's a junction. The 1925 course was where now the cycle path is.

dutch tt assen 1925 narrow bridge
A remarkable point at the circuit was a very narrow bridge which is now replaced by a modern one. The motocycles had to pass here one by one!


At 2/3rd of the leg Rolde Borger was a series of fast kinks which are very well recognizable today.


Close to Borger we turn right. This was the second angle of the track.


Here was the old road to Schoonloo...


That road was in the middle of this meadow!


Somewhere here it conected to the current road to Schoonloo.


Halfway the leg Borger Schoonloo was the intersection at Westdorp. In 1925 this was a real corner, but now it's rounded for traffic-technical reasons.

dutch tt assen 1925 sweep
The long sweeping corner just before we're reaching Schoonloo is still there.

dutch tt assen 1925 entry schoonloo


In Schoonloo we turn right at the third angle of the track.


Accelerating towards Grolloo, 1.8 Miles further...


But today we have to make an extra turn!


From here the new road is following the old track again...


But not for long! Here they changed the road to lead the traffic around the village. In 1925 the road was on the left side, at the site where now the cornfield is.


The site of the red white fence is where the original road was. After this corner we will continue the original course of 1925.

dutch tt assen 1925 entry grolloo


The S-corner at Grolloo.


If you think away the van it looks like time have stand still here.


The right hand corner leads to the new road, in 1925 they go straight to the narrow road in front.

dutch tt assen 1925 nice classic look
Looks like 1925...


But not for long, because classic has made place for modern from here...


After the fence the modern road continues.


Modernism all around complete with roundabouts. The fly over in front is from the road N33 which we have crossed before at the beginning of our lap.

dutch tt assen 1925 entry rolde

Dutch TT Circuit Assen 1925
And than we're back in Rolde where we started our lap.

© Text & pictures: Herman Liesemeijer

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