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#1 cheesy poofs

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Posted 14 November 2002 - 15:16

I always wondered when and where was the first time a race track had its the pitlane seperated from the actual racing line as we know it today... ?

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#2 2F-001

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Posted 14 November 2002 - 15:30

Hmmm... equally interesting would be knowing how recently they remained unseparated, other than by a painted line(!), at a Grand Prix venue.
I would guess at Monaco, early '70s. Any ideas?

(Forgive me, cheesy, for hijacking your thread.)

#3 David Beard

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Posted 14 November 2002 - 19:30

Silverstone has had a few variations on the pitlane theme. has it not? First, I assume they were next to the start line when the latter was positioned between Abbey & Woodcote. Then having moved to the exit to Woodcote it remained with just a painted line in the road until the Christabel Carlisle accident in the sixties. This photo shows the pits in 70s style. How many versions have there been since then, and what do we think of the whole shooting match being moved over the hill to a new site altogether, after Club?
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#4 Buford

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Posted 14 November 2002 - 21:19

Indianapolis first put a wall up in 1957 if I recall correctly.

#5 Rob29

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Posted 15 November 2002 - 09:29

In UK I think Brands Hatch was the first to have a pit lane-it has been there as long as the pits-built when the GP circuit was added in 1960.

#6 fines

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Posted 15 November 2002 - 13:51

On premier level, Indianapolis MS in 1957 was probably the first to have one, and Circuit de Monaco in 1971 the last to have none.

#7 WGD706

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Posted 22 November 2002 - 17:04

Here's an interesting photo in which you can see why it has come to be known as the 'pits'.....
http://www.geh.org/a...html#topofimage

#8 Don Capps

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Posted 22 November 2002 - 17:12

Originally posted by WGD706
Here's an interesting photo in which you can see why it has come to be known as the 'pits'.....
http://www.geh.org/a...html#topofimage


You beat me to it!

#9 LittleChris

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Posted 23 November 2002 - 00:53

Dieppe ?

#10 Ray Bell

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Posted 23 November 2002 - 01:36

What a remarkable photo...

Look at some of that detail there... the dress of those about... and the guy with the clipboard... is he a lap scorer, a journo or maybe even Peter Helck himself sketching the scene?

#11 Jon Saltinstall

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Posted 27 February 2003 - 19:52

As far as I can identify, Bremgarten was the first circuit where the pitlane was separated from the track by a barrier. This was established when the course was first laid out in the 1930s - Huber, its creator, was years ahead of his time (witness that magnificent grandstand). The pits were set so far back from the road that separate signalling pits (in the Le Mans tradition) were required, set up at the Forsthaus corner.

#12 Ray Bell

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Posted 27 February 2003 - 21:41

Bathurst was a latecomer in this regard... in 1973 there was none as Doug Chivas ran out of fuel... I think it might have been into the eighties, in fact, before they had a pitlane wall.

I don't have anything here to check that... pity. But they've got it now... a concrete wall that's been extended to be about five feet high!

#13 eldougo

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Posted 28 February 2003 - 11:09

:D

I had a look in OZ competition yearbook No 8. It shows a Pitwall in 1978, with BROCKon pole
Colin Bond next to him.

#14 D-Type

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Posted 02 March 2003 - 01:11

It depends on the definition of pit lane.

The very amateur track built in 1955 at Nakuru in Kenya had a pit road. This led cars into the pits on a road separate from the track on the inside of the final bend. The pits themselves were non-existent being simply a 3ft fence with advertising. The pit lane proper was separated from the track by a white line

#15 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 02 March 2003 - 02:35

several ovals in America continue to not have a wall seperating the pit fromthe race track. Mainly the excessively large tracks where theres quite a bit of room and since there's no gear stored on the pit road (like in F1) and its all behind the wall on an oval, I guess the idea is a car spinning on the front straight is better served by having grass and the pit road to recover than slamming the pitwall and possibly rebounding into traffic.

#16 Rob29

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Posted 02 March 2003 - 08:39

Welcome to the forum 'D-Type. Would love to hear more about racing in Kenya. Many years ago someone told me they had seen motor racing in Kenya,but I did not believe them. Still have never seen any results.

#17 Falcadore

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Posted 02 March 2003 - 12:10

Originally posted by eldougo
:D

I had a look in OZ competition yearbook No 8. It shows a Pitwall in 1978, with BROCKon pole
Colin Bond next to him.


1978 indeed was the first year of a pitwall on the big hill.

And Rob29 - for shame, have you not heard of the Safari Rally? :)

#18 Rob29

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Posted 02 March 2003 - 13:49

Originally posted by Falcadore




And Rob29 - for shame, have you not heard of the Safari Rally? :)

Yes,but I meant RACING not rallying.