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Circuits of the past

Remember the motor racing circuits of the past!

A lap at TT Circuit Assen 1926 - 1954

A photo tour at the second version of the Dutch TT circuit, which was used from 1926 to 1954, by Herman Liesemeijer.

dutch tt assen 1926-1954 start finish still at the same site
We start our lap at start/finish which is still on the same site as in 1926.

dutch tt assen 1926-1954 s corner
From 1926 to 2005 this fast right left sweeper was the first corner at Assen. Today the new stadium style North Loop begins here.

dutch tt assen 1926-1954 entry to the public road
Here we enter the public road. Note that in the old day's the whole circuit was on public roads.

dutch tt assen 1926-1954 de haar
This section was called "De Haar".


The right hand corner is not a part of the circuit and is constructed later to make a connection to a new road. The narrow road in front is the original one.


This part of the road is very authentic.


The next part of the old street circuit is now a cycle path!


Look at the trees on the right. At the site where you see a different type of threes was a right hand corner which is removed to make place for a new road.


Here we're following the authentic road to the Bartelds Corner.


And here we're arrived at the Bartelds Corner, a famous point at the old Assen track.

dutch tt assen 1926-1954 bartelds corner


After the Bartelds Corner we accelerate on the straight. The little detour has been constructed recently, just like the red white fence.


Can you imagine that this was a race track once?


One of the many kinks at Assen...


This was a famous braking point and the beginning of the twisty section at "Oude Tol".

dutch tt assen 1926-1954 oude tol
The name of this section "Oude Tol" (Dutch for old tollhouse) comes from an old tollhouse at the site of the house on the right, which is also named "Oude Tol".


After the twisty section we enter a long straight after this left right sweeper.


After a two km (1.25 Miles) long straight we enter the village of Hooghalen...

dutch tt assen 1926-1954 hooghalen
Where we have to brake very hard for this rectangular street-corner.


The S-corner at Hooghalen.


The road from Hooghalen to Laaghalen is now cut by the A28 motorway.

dutch tt assen 1926-1954 laaghalen
After a detour we're arrived at Laaghalen. The original track was going straight at this point. The left hand corner in front was constructed later.


Here was the original road!


And somwhere here was the original intersection. The elevation you see was created later for the overpass over the new motorway.


Here it's just like the old day's, except the surface.


Long straights and fast kinks where typical for Assen those day's.


After a very fast section we have to brake very hard for a slow section at Laaghalerveen.

dutch tt assen 1926-1954 laaghalerveen


At this point the spectators could almost touch the bikes!


And accelerating again on the straight back to Assen.


A new road is bending here to the left but the old road was going straight at this point.


This part is now a training ground from the Police and officially closed for public...


dutch tt assen 1926-1954 old joins new
In front you see the back of the tyre wall from the current circuit. Until the nineties there was a connection from the original road at this point.

dutch tt assen 1926-1954 old kniebocht now GT chicane
The last part of the old track is still a part of the new track. Original the last corner was a fast kink, today it's a chicane which is famous for overtaking action on the current circuit.


And so we come back to start/finish.

© Text and pictures: Herman Liesemeijer.

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