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Circuits of the past

Remember the motor racing circuits of the past!

A lap at the Reims-Gueux Circuit

A photo tour at the Reims-Gueux circuit, made on a rainy day in the summer of 2005 by Herman Liesemeijer.

Reims-Gueux Circuit
We're leaving the pit lane and go uphill!

Reims-Gueux Circuit
Until 1951 the track goes straight to the village of Gueux.

Reims-Gueux Circuit
In Gueux hard braking was necessary for a slow right hand corner!

Reims-Gueux Circuit

Reims-Gueux Circuit
At this intersection we cross the pos 1951 part of the track.

Reims-Gueux Circuit
Beautiful fast and rolling corners on this part of the track!

Reims-Gueux Circuit

Reims-Gueux Circuit

Reims-Gueux Circuit

Reims-Gueux Circuit
On this site was a corner called Garenne which was leading to the back straight (N31)...

Reims-Gueux Circuit
But the N31 is now a multiple lane motorway...

Reims-Gueux Circuit
And the Thillois Hairpin is now the Thillois Roundabout!

Reims-Gueux Circuit
From Thillois we accelerate on the long straight to start/finish...

Reims-Gueux Circuit
But we're not finished yet...

Reims-Gueux Circuit
Since 1952 the circuit turned right after the first hillock to cut off the Gueux section. It also reduced the length of the start/finish straight to "just" two kilometres! Unfortunately, they changed this corner also in a roundabout ...

Reims-Gueux Circuit
Again beautiful sweeping corners.

Reims-Gueux Circuit

Reims-Gueux Circuit
Look at the intersection in front...

Reims-Gueux Circuit
Yes we have been here before! In 1952 they turned right at the intersection to the part we know already. But since 1953 they cross the intersection into the direction of Muizon.

Reims-Gueux Circuit
This corner was named after Annie Bousquet who died here in 1956 during the 12 Hours of Gueux.

Reims-Gueux Circuit

Reims-Gueux Circuit
We're reaching the Hovette Corner. The only left hand corner in the 1953-1972 version of the track.

Reims-Gueux Circuit

Reims-Gueux Circuit
Unfortunately ... This beautiful corner is ending into the corn fields!

Reims-Gueux Circuit
In front was the Muizon Corner which was leading to the long back straight (N31)...

Circuit Reims-Gueux French Grand Prix 1960 Ferrari Phil Hill
Phil Hill in his Ferrari during the French Grand Prix of 1960...

Reims-Gueux Circuit
The same place now!

Reims-Gueux Circuit
On the background the old back straight (N31). Because of the reconstruction of the N31, the Muizon corner has been demolished! So our lap ends in the corn fields.

© Text & pictures: Herman Liesemeijer. Map: Sylvain Regnier. Picture from 1960: George Standaar.

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