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Vila Real 1968 was a non-Tilke circuit


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#1 Terry Walker

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Posted 04 April 2006 - 01:56

These two 1968 photos shows Vila real, Portugal, circuit before the races started. Taken by Dave Sullivan when he was mechanic for John Raeburn's Ford GT40.

Now imagine a clutch of current F1 cars diving into the corners. You can't? Neither can I.


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#2 Barry Boor

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Posted 04 April 2006 - 07:17

Yes, Terry, a REAL race circuit to go along with Pescara, Ospedaletti, Chimay, Genoa....

I could go on all day.....

#3 kayemod

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Posted 04 April 2006 - 07:29

If the Italian Government had been less parsimonious, and had accepted Hermann Tilke's quote for making the entire length of the Mille Miglia route completely safe, with barriers and big run-off areas on all the corners, it would still be running today.

#4 Rob29

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Posted 04 April 2006 - 07:59

Wonderful shots. Any chance of any more of the actual racing -particularly the F3?

#5 Terry Walker

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Posted 04 April 2006 - 11:02

Dave took only one photo of F3 racing at Vila Real that day:

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#6 subh

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Posted 04 April 2006 - 11:31

How many times did Joey Dunlop win there?

#7 LittleChris

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Posted 04 April 2006 - 22:34

Looks like Ronnie in no 40. I believe he raced in F3 there in 1967 ( His 1st International Race outside Sweden ) and 1968 according to Alan Henrys 1975 ( revised 1978 ) biography

#8 David Shaw

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Posted 04 April 2006 - 22:41

This photo of Ronnie was from 1968. Retired after 9 laps with final drive problems:

http://www.formula2.net/F368_E45.htm

#9 roger saretzki

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 19:04

does anyone has photos from the 1967 villa real f3 race? any other photos?

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#10 Mig007

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 14:33

There are races there again, although it was cancelled due to the crisis and some problems with organization this year and I don't know if there will be in 2012 again.
The circuit was reduced and security facilities where improved. But I think it retained some of his challenges