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#51 LittleChris

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Posted 03 May 2006 - 21:53

Originally posted by lfcjari37
Little chris I saw from you site that the 1972 part was dug up, have you seen the area since?


I was there last summer on way home from a holiday in the Vendee region. It looked like a bulldozer had attacked the tarmac across its full width at the entry to the 1972 link road and also the exit, although I didn't investigate the area around the Courbe D'Autoroute. Previously there had been at least a ribbon of tarmac all the way up the link from entry to exit.

I liberated a bit of concrete kerbing that had been dug up at the Paradis end of the link road which will end up in our garden as a piece of nostalgia

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#52 lfcjari37

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Posted 03 May 2006 - 22:00

Maybe they have just reduced it to a small bike path instead. Shame.

#53 LittleChris

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Posted 03 May 2006 - 22:15

Not even as much as a bike path left as far as I could see, just overturned earth

#54 lfcjari37

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Posted 03 May 2006 - 22:26

I suppose they will re-grow the forest there, but that is totally ridiculous.

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Posted 03 May 2006 - 23:40

Id just like to thank everyone here for their help on this, must be strange for you guys that a kiwi who hasnt even been to Rouen would be making a webpage about it:)

#56 lfcjari37

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 09:12

Has anyone got any further info or pics that could help please?

#57 Kpy

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 10:07

Originally posted by LittleChris


I was there last summer on way home from a holiday in the Vendee region. It looked like a bulldozer had attacked the tarmac across its full width at the entry to the 1972 link road and also the exit, although I didn't investigate the area around the Courbe D'Autoroute. Previously there had been at least a ribbon of tarmac all the way up the link from entry to exit.

I liberated a bit of concrete kerbing that had been dug up at the Paradis end of the link road which will end up in our garden as a piece of nostalgia


Seems you were there since my last visit when the digging was in progress - late June 2005 I think. I must admit I assumed (always a bad idea) that they were resurfacing the path on the site of the circuit extension. Looks like I'm wrong, in which case it's vandalism.
There was no sign of any interference with the section of the old circuit at Virage du Gresil.

Originally posted by lfcjari37
Has anyone got any further info or pics that could help please?


No further photos, but if I manage a stop and take any on the way to or from Le Mans or Tours in June I shall post them. :)
BTW the Normandy Automobile Club was taken over by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest a few years ago:
Automobile Club de l'Ouest
30, quai de Paris
76000 Rouen
Tél. 02 35 71 44 89
Fax 02 35 07 55 81
Email aco76@lemans.org

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 11:02

Originally posted by lfcjari37
Has anyone got any further info or pics that could help please?


E mail me with your details and I will scan some shots from the 90s. If they are any use to you, feel free to use them as you will.

with kind regards

Roger Lund

#59 James Page

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 11:43

Like Roger, I've got a bunch of pics from a meeting in the early 1990s, which I'll scan in as soon as I can get to a scanner!

WIll probably be this weekend.

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#60 lfcjari37

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 08:56

Thankyou very much James and Roger, they would be much welcomed. KPY thanks for the info, I will email the club and see if they could help. Also right up to date photos of the area would be great :up:

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 02:50

The latest update is up, with thanks to Alan Cox and Luc Ghys.
http://8w.forix.com/rouen-94-00.html

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 19:51

I have managed to get pictures of the track's construction, which adds a nice symmetry to the site, I hope to add them in the next day or 2. Has anyone else found any photos that could be used?

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 07:50

Originally posted by MCS
Apart from Luc's pictures (and others), there is this website http://motolesessarts.site.voila.fr/ which I had never seen before.

Excellent, but so poignant. Why destroy such a wonderful place?



it is what this victory of G. Marzotto in 1951 over F2? me I have on one 166 MM Barchetta chassis 024MB.

c'est quoi cette victoire de G. Marzotto en 1951 sur F2? moi j'ai sur une 166 MM Barchetta chassis 024MB.

#64 James Page

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 08:27

Originally posted by lfcjari37
I have managed to get pictures of the track's construction, which adds a nice symmetry to the site, I hope to add them in the next day or 2. Has anyone else found any photos that could be used?


I've dug out the ones I promised you, and on Wednesday was supposed to give them to someone so that they could scan them in for me. But I forgot!

I'll try and get to a scanner this weekend. The pics are from a French national F3 meeting in 1992, not long before the circuit shut.

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 09:09

Thats fantastic news James cheers! Incidentally the latest update is up:
http://8w.forix.com/rouen-50.html

Sorry Bruno I'm not sure what you are asking, can you try again please, sorry! :blush:

#66 Bruno

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 12:47

[i]

Sorry Bruno I'm not sure what you are asking, can you try again please, sorry! :blush: [/B]

GP de Rouen les Essarts 1951:
winner "Giannino" Marzotto / Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta s/n 024MB
2 race ? F2 and Sport ?

#67 lfcjari37

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 22:13

Yes he won the Rouen GP for F2 cars in 1951:)

#68 Bruno

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Posted 03 June 2006 - 11:25

and also the race Sport :up:

#69 Kpy

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Posted 05 June 2006 - 19:32

Originally posted by Bruno
and also the race Sport :up:

Bruno -
I don't think there was a sports car race at les Essarts in 1951.

#70 lfcjari37

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Posted 05 June 2006 - 21:09

No I cant find any info on a sportscar race there either. While on the subject, does anyone have a picture of Stirling Moss in the birdcage in 1959 at Rouen?

#71 Barry Boor

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Posted 05 June 2006 - 21:17

Yes, but it is Joel Finn's book and I don't think I should show it here.

#72 lfcjari37

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Posted 05 June 2006 - 22:25

Fair enough Barry, don't want to get into copyright issues:)

#73 Barry Boor

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 06:29

lfcjari37 - check your private messages.

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 06:44

Responded, cheers Barry :up:

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 10:44

If you want some up-to-date photos, I can take some when the weather is good and I'm in the area. I used to work a couple of miles from the circuit, but these days it's a special journey taking up a good slice of the day. The circuit's 50 miles from my house. I may have time on my way to Le Mans, or to Tours on June 10/11 -



Kpy are you still able to grab some photos for me on those dates you mentioned this weekend?

#76 Kpy

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 10:59

Originally posted by lfcjari37


Kpy are you still able to grab some photos for me on those dates you mentioned this weekend?

Certainly. It's on my agenda so long as the weather and circumstances allow me the time. ;)

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 11:04

Superb. Ill be hoping for sunshine then:)

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 11:45

James any luck locating a scanner?;)

#79 JamesPage

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 20:42

Finally got someone to scan them in for me! It was my Dad who did it, so I'll blame him for some of them being a bit wonky - sure a few minutes with a Crop tool will sort that out! Sorry they were a bit delayed - if any of them are any good to you, feel free to use them! :wave:

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#80 Rob Semmeling

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 20:59

Incredible photos, James! I find it hard to believe the circuit survived as long as it did, and always had troubles imagining what it must have been like in its final years. These photos show the odd combination of a fabulous yet outdated circuit with modern machinery. A great sight, I must say!

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 21:33

Brilliant photos James! Your dad didnt do a bad job scanning them:) Iwill probably use most if not all of them! one question, do you know which year these were taken?

#82 Alan Cox

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 21:33

Thanks for those photos, James. As Rob says, it's nice to see some scenes from its final days. So sorry I never got to see an event there.

Have just been watching the BP film "The Time Between" which begins with the French GP of 1964 at Rouen and then moves on to Reims for the 12 hour race - the Le Mans start in the dark is just too lunatic to imagine!

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 22:13

No worries! :)

I think the year was 1992 - fairly sure it was. Dad and I went over especially because we'd heard the circuit would be closing shortly afterwards. It was a national F3 meeting, with support from various saloon cars.

The picture with the backs of people's heads in it is on the 'new' link - fairly sure that's the autoroute you can see in the centre-right.

At the lunchtime break, there was a kart demo! I kid you not - somewhere I've got some (very poor) pictures of 250cc machines coming down through the sweepers. They must have been mad...

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 22:18

Great! Yep looks like the autoroute...I think thats the 1st pic ive seen from the 1972 link:) Those karters must have been nuts! Would have been heaps of fun but.. :up:

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Posted 11 June 2006 - 06:16

Latest update is up, have a look:)

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Posted 13 June 2006 - 13:56

But I still need to add some late-90s pictures... Apologies for the delay!

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Posted 13 June 2006 - 19:26

You will get there:) I have been given some great scans in the last few days so some new pages are cooking nicely:)

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Posted 14 June 2006 - 06:44

Originally posted by JamesPage
No worries! :)

I think the year was 1992 - fairly sure it was. Dad and I went over especially because we'd heard the circuit would be closing shortly afterwards. It was a national F3 meeting, with support from various saloon cars.


Looks like we were together at that meeting James ! :wave: Only time I ever got to Rouen. Indeed, as you say, national F3 and the French "Supertourisme" saloon cars , plus a few other support races....I had gone there to "help" a friend of mine who was taking part in the "Bardhal Trophy" , a series for AC Cobra replicas....those cars were mostly driven by careful gentlemen drivers, but boy , the acceleration and the noise made the F3's look like very unexciting electric cars......I remained in the pits area during the whole meeting unfortunately, since for the first time in my life I had an official "team crew" pass and I wasn't ready to waste any part of the privilege by mingling with the "general admission" folks :smoking: ....but in retrospect of course I regret I didn't take a look at the rest of the circuit. Although the sight of the cars blasting down the start-finish line before diving full-speed into the first downhill, armco-lined curve, was impressive enough....

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Posted 14 June 2006 - 07:08

Phillippe7 do you have a program from the meeting or maybe some photos of your own? Every bit helps:)

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Posted 14 June 2006 - 07:19

Great pictures James, from a time when National French Drivers had to drive around Rouen but also Charade (until 1988 ?).
Anyway the Renault Sport site lists 1990 as the last year for the Renault 5 GT Turbo in the "Cup".
This doesn't seem to fit with 1992 as the year for these pictures.

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Posted 14 June 2006 - 08:27

Originally posted by chofar
Anyway the Renault Sport site lists 1990 as the last year for the Renault 5 GT Turbo in the "Cup".This doesn't seem to fit with 1992 as the year for these pictures.


Hmmmm...I'm afraid you have a good point there, chofar. Maybe James should double-check with his father about the year ?

#92 James Page

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Posted 14 June 2006 - 08:34

Originally posted by philippe7


Hmmmm...I'm afraid you have a good point there, chofar. Maybe James should double-check with his father about the year ?


Well, well, well - I didn't think it was as long ago as 1990! I'm sure that the only reason we went over was to see racing there before it closed, which I believe happened in 1993. So, unless the threat of closure hung over the circuit for a few years beforehand, we seemed to have jumped the gun a bit!

I'll double-check with Dad when he's back from holiday. There are some photos of me in among the load that we took, but I can't work out whether I look more like I'm 13 or 15 years old!

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Posted 14 June 2006 - 23:56

Im glad I havent finalised the page as 1992 then...:)

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 08:06

I think you will find the photos were taken in June 1984. One of the photos of a pack of small saloon cars coming down the hill at the photographer is of the race for the Trophee Samba Rallye, in which I took part! Pretty hectic stuff, especially trying to get 3 cars abreast through the chicanes! But the old Charade was a much better track - in fact the best I have ever driven anywhere. The single seaters look like Formula Renault.

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 08:32

To be fair the track wouldnt have been the same without the pre-72 part and with a chicane at six freres...
BTW PM for you zoff2005.

#96 James Page

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 09:05

They definitely weren't taken as long ago as 1984; I'd only have been seven years old!

Somewhere I've got either a ticket, a programme or a sticker with the date on it - I'll research it further as soon as poss!

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 09:07

Cool:) Can you scan those James?:)

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 09:24

If I can find them (and sadly I was never as careful with such things as with photos!), then yes - no problem.

Dad's in Canada at the moment, but as soon the time difference is a little bit more sociable I'll text him and ask about the year. We went to Spa as well as Silverstone in 1990, and it would have been rare for us to make two motorsport forays abroad in the same year, but you never know!

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 09:30

Cheers James...I will keep my fingers firmly crossed that you find them:)

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 09:35

Originally posted by zoff2005
I think you will find the photos were taken in June 1984. One of the photos of a pack of small saloon cars coming down the hill at the photographer is of the race for the Trophee Samba Rallye, in which I took part!


I took it for granted that the pack of cars in question was a bunch of Renault 5 GT Turbo, but now even looking carefully at the pics ( which are a bit fuzzy....) it's hard to be positive , might well be some Talbot Samba's after all ( I must confess I had totally forgotten about that specific car model !!!! )

But 84 does seem very, very early....