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Circuits of the past

Remember the motor racing circuits of the past!

A lap at Pedralbes

The description of a lap around the former Spanish street circuit of Pedralbes in Barcelona, by Herman Liesemeijer.

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona
We start our lap at the Avinguda Diagonal, than called the Avenida del Generalisimo Franco, at the site where the Formula 1 races where started and finished. This was not a part of the original lay out from 1946 but was added to the track in 1950 for the Formula 1. The old start/finish line was at another part of the 2 km long straight.

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona
This intersection was the last corner of the pre 1950 version of the circuit, when the straight was only 1,3 km (0.8125 Mile) long.

pedralbes circuit palace
Here we pass the Palau Reial de Pedralbes. Probably here was the original start/finish line.

pedralbes circuit diagonal
From here the straight is climbing slightly.

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona

pedralbes circuit traffic
At the end of the 2 km ( 1.25 Mile) long straight we approach the first corner.

pedralbes circuit first corner

pedralbes circuit freeway
This was the breaking zone for the first corner...

pedralbes circuit motorway
The first corner should have been at the site of the overpass.

circuito de pedralbes
After the first corner accelerating on the Avinguda d’Esplugues, than called the Carretera de Cornella a Focas de Tordera.

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona
A sign warns for speed traps now! We need to keep right to enter the the original road.

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona
The first kink of the sweeping section starts now with a roundabout.

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona
The flat out kink was followed by a short straight.

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona
This was the first corner of the most technical section of the circuit which where only a few corners.

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona
After this long corner another long straight...

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona
The Avenida de la Victoria, now the Avinguda de Pedralbes.

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona
From here the circuit was descending slightly.

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona
If you say Barcelona you say Gaudí.

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona
At the pre 1950 version of the circuit you had to go straight on at this intersection...

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona
To enter here the Avenida del Generalisimo Franco...

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona
But we will follow the 1950 extension and go left at the intersection...

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona
And we are going into the Passeig de Manuel Girona, which still have the same name!

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona
A slight kink in the Passeig de Manuel Girona.

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona
Passing the Finca Miralles from Gaudí.

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona
Hard braking for the corner at the end of the Passeig de Manuel Girona...

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona
Now a roundabout!

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona
Than into the Carrer de Numància.

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona
After a relative short straight we turn to the start/finish straight.

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona

Pedralbes street circuit Barcelona
And there we're back at the point we started.

© Tekst en foto's: Herman Liesemeijer

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