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Circuits of the past

Remember the motor racing circuits of the past!

A lap at Népliget Park 1936

A photo tour around the 1936 Grand Prix circuit in Népliget Park in the Hungarian capital Budapest, made by Herman Liesemeijer in the summer of 2010. See also "Népliget 2010".

Nepliget Park Budapest
Here at the Vajda Péter utca was in 1936 the start of the first ever Hungarian Grand Prix.

Nepliget Park Budapest
Just before the intersection we turn right to the closed road.

Nepliget Park Budapest
This was the first one of a long series of corners!

Nepliget Park Budapest

Nepliget Park Budapest
On the junction we turn right.

Nepliget Park Budapest

Nepliget Park Budapest
Look at the bad condition of the surface! Can you imagine that Nuvolari, Rosemeyer and Caracciola have driven here?

Nepliget Park Budapest

Nepliget Park Budapest

Nepliget Park Budapest
On old maps this part was curved. Probably they made this part straight to create space for a new power station (see picture below).

Nepliget Park Budapest

Nepliget Park Budapest
Here we turn left. But the original corner was more fluent and located more right.

Nepliget Park Budapest
The new corner seen from the location of the exit of the old corner...

Nepliget Park Budapest
Followed by a curved part which was full throttle.

Nepliget Park Budapest
But than the radius decreases and the drivers had to brake here!

Nepliget Park Budapest
The exit of the corner is widening again.

Nepliget Park Budapest

Nepliget Park Budapest

Nepliget Park Budapest
Looks like an endless series of corners!

Nepliget Park Budapest

Nepliget Park Budapest

Nepliget Park Budapest

Nepliget Park Budapest
Bad surface again.

Nepliget Park Budapest

Nepliget Park Budapest

Nepliget Park Budapest
On the junction right.

Nepliget Park Budapest

Nepliget Park Budapest
This part is now closed...

Nepliget Park Budapest
Here they cut a small piece out of the track because of the extension of the main road, the Könyves Kálmán körút. In the seventies they followed another route here to stay in the park.

Nepliget Park Budapest
And here the old track continue!

Nepliget Park Budapest
By the pigeons we turn right.

Nepliget Park Budapest
A wide left hand corner again.

Nepliget Park Budapest

Nepliget Park Budapest
In 1936 they go straight here, but in the seventies they turned left to an additional loop.

Nepliget Park Budapest

Nepliget Park Budapest
One of the few straights.

Nepliget Park Budapest
Here we're leaving the quiet part of the park.

Nepliget Park Budapest
Passing the planetarium...

Nepliget Park Budapest
The only part with some elevation.

Nepliget Park Budapest
Passing the water tower.

Nepliget Park Budapest

Nepliget Park Budapest

Nepliget Park Budapest

Nepliget Park Budapest
On the junction we go left. This is the beginning of a very long and fast corner with an increasing radius.

Nepliget Park Budapest

Nepliget Park Budapest

Nepliget Park Budapest
At the end of the long parabolic corner we enter this junction. In 1936 they go right but in the seventies they go left to the new Start/Finish. That made the corner even longer!

Nepliget Park Budapest
Because we following the 1936 route we go right and enter this short straight.

Nepliget Park Budapest
Here we go straight. The road on the left is constructed after 1936.

Nepliget Park Budapest
Here was the last left hand corner before the Start/Finish straight.

Nepliget Park Budapest

Nepliget Park Budapest
And here we're back on the half Mile long straght.

Nepliget Park Budapest
Here was the Start/Finish from 1936 where we started our lap.

© Text & pictures: Herman Liesemeijer

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