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Circuits of the past

Remember the motor racing circuits of the past!

Marlboro Corner

The origination of the Marlboro Corner

The Marlboro Corner was the chicane who reduced speed since 1980 at the then controversial fast section on the back of the circuit. Original there was a fast combination of a left and a right kink called the "Hondenvlak". The chicane was constructed between both kinks and they also straighten the kinks a little. Since 1989 this part of the circuit has never been used again.

The temporary chicane for the 1979 Dutch Grand Prix

Short before the 1979 Dutch Grand Prix, Formula One bosses required a chicane at the controversial fast section on the back of the circuit. Because there was not enough time left to get the permits for a permanent chicane, a temporary chicane was constructed at the "Hondenvlak". As a result of the improvised character of this corner it was very ineffective to reduce speed. After a few laps the drivers could take the chicane almost flat out! A year later a permanent chicane was constructed. The Marlboro Corner.

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The construction of the temporary chicane in 1979.

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The Marlboro Corner during the nineties when this part was neglected.

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The last days of the Marlboro Corner. This picture has been taken at the end of 1998 during the construction of the new circuit.

The new Marlboro Corner

When in 1999 the reconstruction of the circuit was completed, the corner leading to the new section - who was located close to the site of the old Marlboro Corner - inherited the name Marlboro Corner. When in 2005 tobacco advertisement was prohibited they renamed this corner to Masters Corner, referring to the Marlboro Masters of Formula 3 event.

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The sound wall on the background is located at the site of the old Marlboro Corner. Where the track now turns right starts the new section.

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The Masters Corner seen from the site of the old Marlboro Corner.

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Once upon a time there was a controversial fast section of a race track here. Now it's a golf course!

© Text: Herman Liesemeijer Pictures Herman Liesemeijer, Rob Soethoudt (Picture from 1978) and Rob Petersen (Picture from 1979)

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