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Circuits of the past

Remember the motor racing circuits of the past!

A lap at the Zandvoort street circuit

A tour around the former Dutch street circuit of Zandvoort, today known for it's permanent race track and beach. By Herman Liesemeijer.

zandvoort street circuit start finish van lennepweg
We start our tour at the old Start/Finish straight at the Van Lennepweg.

zandvoort street circuit roundabout
Original here was a right kink but now there's a roundabout!

zandvoort street circuit

zandvoort street circuit nicolaas beetslaan
We turn right into the Nicolaas Beetslaan.

Zandvoort Street Circuit

Zandvoort Street Circuit
Trough the kink.

Zandvoort Street Circuit
The cars didn't drove at this part of the street but on the right hand side, where now the sidewalk and the gardens are (see picture below).

Zandvoort Street Circuit

Zandvoort Street Circuit
At the end we turn right into the Vondellaan.

zandvoort street circuit vondellaan
Accelerate to the intersection.

Zandvoort Street Circuit
The intersection Van Lennepweg/Vondellaan.

Zandvoort Street Circuit
We turn left at the Van Lennepweg, where the Start/Finish is, but now in the opposite direction!

Zandvoort Street Circuit
This was the longest straight of the track.

Zandvoort Street Circuit

Zandvoort Street Circuit
Here we have to brake for a long right hander.

Zandvoort Street Circuit

Zandvoort Street Circuit
And another straight, a little bit shorter than the previous one.

Zandvoort Street Circuit
In fact this street was not a part of the track. Original the street was a little bit more on the left hand side and was called the Dr. John Metzgerstraat.

Zandvoort Street Circuit
We turn right into the Vondellaan. In front you see the building of the "Slotemaker Anti Slip school".

zandvoort street circuit near permanent race track
At the begin of the Vondellaan we see on the left hand the entrance to the parking of the current permanent circuit!

Zandvoort Street Circuit
Dead end...

zandvoort street circuit through bungalow park
Here was the old part of the Vondellaan, now a bungalow park.

Zandvoort Street Circuit
This road inside the park follows the lost part of the Vondellaan.

Zandvoort Street Circuit

Zandvoort Street Circuit

Zandvoort Street Circuit
Here was a left corner where the gravel path is now.

Zandvoort Street Circuit
The exit of the bungalow park.

Zandvoort Street Circuit
After the interruption of the bungalow park we continue at the remaining part of the Vondellaan.

Zandvoort Street Circuit
At the intersection we turn left. Do you recognize this site? We have been here before this lap. But than we came from the opposite direction!

zandvoort street circuit final corner
The last corner...

Zandvoort Street Circuit
And than we're back at Start/Finish.

© Text and pictures: Herman Liesemeijer Map: Rob Petersen

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