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#151 Graham Clayton

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 22:27

The Overseas Passenger Terminal Sweeper on the former Wellington street circuit in New Zealand went through the main gate of the terminal, as seen in this footage of the 1986 Wellington 500:

 

http://youtu.be/bA6VqI1-MVg?t=1m19s



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#152 Graham Clayton

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 10:01

One of the major problems of the pit lane at the inaugral Las Vegas Grand Prix in 1981 was that there were no garages for the teams. The pit crews had to work on their cars under the blazing sun, only a metre or so away from cars traversing the pit lane:

 

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Were dedicated garages installed for the 1982 Las Vegas Grand Prix?



#153 Spaceframe

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 13:44

The Roskilde Ring (some 20 miles west of Copenhagen, Denmark) circuit initially (in the mid-1950s) was an oval with banked turns at both ends of the tiny straights (the original circuit was only half a mile or thereaboutsin length), and both bankings featured advertisments painted in white on the tarmac. Quite an experience in a wet race!

 

Later the circuit was increased with an extra loop, and the new corners got the paint treatment as well - this longer circuit was used for the only two F1 races ever held in Denmark, the 1961 and 1962 Copehagen GPs.



#154 Graham Clayton

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 11:33

The Oakland Stadium in San Leandro, California in the 1950's had paved straights and dirt turns.



#155 mymemoryfails

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 12:42

I have just spent a small portion of today at a ridiculous part of a race track. Face full into antarctic wind and rain as I point a camera towards the action at the aptly named "Siberia" corner at Phillip Island.

 

 

good view though when I eventually got to see.

 

 

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#156 simonlewisbooks

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 21:13

The Oakland Stadium in San Leandro, California in the 1950's had paved straights and dirt turns.

A number of British stock cars in the 50s/60s featured concrete start lines for the speedway bikes that also ran there. Must have been like hitting one of those bloody traffic-calming things when the track was soft and getting chewed up!



#157 HistoricMustang

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 20:58

The pit lane at the Augusta road circuit was over 3000 feet long and pit exit was right in the middle of cemetery turn.

 

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#158 D-Type

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 12:55

Where is cemetery turn on that photo?  At the arrowhead of  3 mile Road Circuit  perhaps?



#159 Catalina Park

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 18:25

Left hand top corner close to the two mile tri oval arrow. (The circuit boundary goes around the cemetary)

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#160 D-Type

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 10:12

I think I understand.  Was the road circuit run anticlockwise?



#161 Graham Clayton

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 07:19

The Fulford-By-The-Sea ¼-mile board track near Miami, FL. had 50° degree banking in the bends. Have there been any other board/superspeedway tracks that have 50°+ degree banking?


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#162 Rob Semmeling

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 12:04

Miami-Fulford Speedway had the steepest banking of the 24 American board tracks built for automobile racing, but most of the earlier motordromes, which were smaller, circular tracks built for motorcycles, had even steeper banking, up to 62 degrees.

The concrete oval of Sitges-Terramar in Spain was probably also up there, although I've never seen an actual figure quoted for that oval.