Annemasse Vetraz-Monthoux Circuit
Posted 01 May 2012 - 17:42
Clearly a short track then, and indeed the only reference I could find in TNF was a passing comment in a thread on Mickey Mouse tracks. I cannot find the track in any database, and the only references I found on Google were from motorcycle sites (see this one, which includes a map that bears out the short nature of the track).
What is known of this track? I have looked on Google Earth but cannot find any trace so far.
Posted 01 May 2012 - 21:31
Copy - Impasse de la Râpe, Vétraz-Monthoux, France - into google maps.
I think the boundary road ( Impasse de la Râpe ) surrounding the houses is roughly correct corner wise bearing in mind many of the old maps published weren't always that accurate . The fact it was known as the circuit de la rappe hopefully supports my theory...
Posted 01 May 2012 - 22:13
Also see the website of the late Vincent Glon, and there's is a video here.
These are the exact GPS coordinates: 46°10'51.52"N / 6°16'22.53"E.
Posted 01 May 2012 - 22:29
Posted 02 May 2012 - 17:38
Yes, the Impasse de la Rape certainly follows the right contours. What a bizarre thing, to turn a race track into a housing estate, using the track as the road. The video shows, let's say, rather basic safety features (as in zero) so this was presumably very much a local clubby sort of place. Was it mainly for bikes? I wonder what Uhlenhaut and Parkes were doing there? Anyone know of any significant events held there?
So close to Geneva, you might think a track could have served as a venue for Swiss racers, but perhpas it was too small and was just overwhelmed by urban development.
Posted 03 May 2012 - 08:34
The 7-turn, 1.007 km course was usually lapped clockwise and between 7 and 9 metres wide. The lap record reportedly stood at 90 km/h average speed in 1967.
The last event I am aware of was a French motorcycle meeting on 04.06.1972. The circuit closed somewhere around that time and was apparently later purchased by a real estate developer who simply built a housing estate around it and recycled the track as a street. Same thing happened, for example, at Lynndale Farms in Wisconsin.
Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:56
Posted 03 May 2012 - 22:36
I seem to remember that Renault tested there in preparation for Monaco one year ( 1982 possibly ).
Dropped in one day on way back from Reims but wasn't able to sneak onto the circuit for a lap, don't think I missed much really