Spa-Francorchamps historic layouts
Posted 20 February 2007 - 11:21
I have studied a number of sources - including Dan King's old World Motor Racing Circuit Database and Peter Higham's International Motor Racing Guide - but all seem to differ on when modifications were made and what they were! All of which means that generating reasonably accurate maps is a bit of an impossibility.
According to Peter Higham's book, the circuit opened in 1924 at 9.236 miles. Malmedy was eased in 1934 (9.290 miles) and L'Ancienne Douanne was bypassed in 1939 (9.060 miles). I believe racing resumed in 1947 and Higham says Stavelot was modified in 1956 (8.768 miles). In 1958, some corners were eased (8.755 miles) and the last variation came in 1974 when a chicane was built before Malmedy.
I'm not confident that the details above are absolutely right. Does anyone know different or, better still, possess any track maps which could enlighten?
Calling all Spa experts!
Posted 20 February 2007 - 11:49
Posted 20 February 2007 - 14:42
Posted 20 February 2007 - 15:01
"Spa-Francorchamps, histoire d'un circuit de 1896 å nos jours"
R. Bovy, Th. Galle et H. Maudoux
La Renaissance du Livre, 2006
I've only ever seen it on sale in Malmedy and Spa, but no doubt you is available online somewhere.
From memory it was about 35 or 40 Euros. Rather a nice book (in French, though).
It's a large-ish book - more pictures (hundreds of them) than maps or plans - but there is an original plan for the track (as we think of from the 20s) from 1919 where Masta is bypassed entirely by what is now a very minor back road -- and the proposed direction of travel was anti-clockwise. I can't recall if there are other diagrams, but certainly pictures taken during various times of rebuilding.
When I have got my present work-panic out of the way I'll browse it again and any other stuff I have collected (I holiday there quite a lot).
Posted 20 February 2007 - 16:20
2F-001 - I'll have to see if I can find that book as the pics may be of use.
The corners I'm struggling with in particular are Malmedy, Masta and Stavelot as these are where the majority of changes occurred.
Posted 20 February 2007 - 19:33
i was a regular visitor of spa from 65 to 72 in stavelot and from 73 in malmedy.
you can find photos of spa on my website (in the photogallery)
here is a link to a french speaking forum (but you have to register )with belgian marshalls from spa and a lot of people living or born near the circuit
Posted 20 February 2007 - 23:31