Brno Masaryk Circuit
Posted 01 February 2001 - 22:40
I have enclosed an extract of Win Percy's recollections of the circuit from Joe Sawards "World Book of Motor Racing Circuits"1989 Hamlyn Publishing.
"In the Jaguar XJS" he remembers "that track was just beautiful. Down from the pits on the long bumpy blast to the fast sweepers which led through the village. We used to do them in fourth, scanning the sky as we went in to see if there was any debris flying up there, indicating a crash in the village. Flick into fourth and flat out through left-right, then a tighter left-right. We used to actually rub the front of the cars gently against the barriers.On the way out of the village you couldn't cross the road because the surface was so bad.You had to stay on your line". The cars would emerge into open fields,pulling slightly uphill on a piece of road which fell away on either side.Get off line here and the road would take the car from you and deposit you in the corn. A straight brought the cars screaming flat out into the collection of houses- too small to be a village-at Velselka. Here the escape road disappeared straight on for 850 yards, most of which were needed if the cars left the track here. Those who got their braking right had to turn sharply right between two houses. "That was a tight right and the road was almost banked" remembers Percy and you would run right out to the house at the exit and then off uphill through these long sweepers- a ditch on either side".
A tight righthander into the forest led you through a series of climbing curves which were identical to parts of the old Nurburgring. Then the track burst into a housing estate at Kohoutovice and under the trolley-bus wires into a series of fast downhill sweepers which would not have been out of place at the old Spa. Down the hill the saloon men used to clang the barriers as they dived to the valley floor and the tight right-handed hairpin leading past the pits. Over 8 1/2 miles in under 4 minutes!
What a track.
Posted 01 February 2001 - 23:50
And thanx for that excerpt, it's great.
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If you can scan it, email it to me and I'll post it.
don't go too big on the resolution or size, though...
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The inaugural race on the Masarykuv okruh (Masaryk Circuit) was successfully organized by the CAMS or Ceskoslovensky Automobilovy Klub pro Moravu a Slezsko (Czechoslovakian Automobile Club for Moravia and Silesia) with offices in the large town of Brno. The circuit, first called Brno-Ring, was then named after Czechoslovakia's commendable first Minister-President, Thomas Garrigue Masaryk. Because the challenge trophy carried Masaryk's name, the event gained significance of the highest order. The Brno race was the greatest motor sport event the Czechoslovakian Republic had ever seen.
The circuit was just outside the borders of Brno and went counterclockwise. The first 18 kilometers up to the village of Ostrovacice were formed primarily of winding, hilly, rather narrow district roads, leading through romantic forested areas and four other villages. From there, the circuit turned back and the last 11 km were almost all wide, straight state roads which allowed driving at top speed. In January 1930 the official length had been 29.212 km. Afterwards the circuit must have been measured again because with the CAMS announcement in June it was changed to the generally known 29.142 km road circuit. The preparation of these roads had taken more than a year and had cost millions of Koruny. The old dusty thoroughfares in Novy Liskovec, Pisarky outside Brno, Kohoutovice, and Zebetin were paved. These district roads received the biggest changes. They were widened to 6 meters and to 8.5 meters in the dangerous corners. The circuit, with 36 left-hand corners and 47 to the right, was in excellent, dust free condition with a maximum incline of 7% and a maximum decline of 9.5%. Special grand stands were built, from which the drivers could be seen up to 7 km away. In June, when the circuit was still under construction, the experts estimated that the large cars should be able to attain an average of 100 km/h. The circuit had to be lapped 17 times bringing the total length of the race to 494.414 km.
The inaugural event on 28 September 1930 was a great success and about 80.000 spectators surrounded the brand new Masaryk-Ring. This international event, Czechoslovakia's first big circuit race, was very exciting and did not lack any dramatic moments. Caracciola's 7.1-liter Mercedes-Benz SSK took an early lead. Von Morgen's 2.3-liter Bugatti T35B pursued relentlessly. Then Caracciola's engine went sour. Doré flipped his 1.5-liter Bugatti T37A in a serious crash. When difficulties arose in his Bugatti, von Morgen had Leiningen stopped at the pits to exchange cars. As a result, Morgen lost a full lap. Leiningen, in Morgen's car, would keep the lead for a long time. After Nuvolari's Alfa Romeo broke down, he took over his teammate's car later in the race. He was able to gain the lead after Leiningen had to give up, driving Morgen's ruined Bugatti. In a heroic drive Heinrich-Joachim von Morgen outfoxed everyone and finished first in Leiningen's car after 4h54m13.6s averaging 101.027 km/h. Just five miles from the finish, Tazio Nuvolari's Alfa Romeo ran out of cooling water. The Italian finally crossed the finish line with a steaming radiator 32 minutes after von Morgen. It was the swan song for the Alfa Romeo P2 after seven successful years.
Posted 02 February 2001 - 06:48
This one lasted into the 1980s when work began on an ultramodern facility inside the original road circuit near the old Ostrovacice Serpentine, and the new autodrome, measuring a mere 3.35 miles, was opened in 1987.
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where have I seen it before.... where have I seen it before.... where have I seen it before.... where have I seen it before.... where have I seen it before.... where have I seen it before.... where have I seen it before.... where have I seen it before.... where have I seen it before.... where have I seen it before.... where have I seen it before.... where have I seen it before....
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Ditto for spa and various national UK tracks (has Mallory Park changed *at all* ?)
Posted 03 February 2001 - 18:13
I have driven around most of the original Masaryk circuit - OK, been driven - but without a map to hand, so we might have strayed off course at a few places. I suspect you can also drive the various other permutations mentioned on this thread.
Mallory Park is still pretty much as it was when it opened in 1956. There's a chicane on the way down the hill from Shaw's Hairpin to the start/finish line, but as far as I know it's only used at motorcycle meetings. Bur Cadwell Park's the one you need your on-board camera for!
Posted 03 February 2001 - 18:25
What a nightmare
Brit F3 is suppoed to go to Castle Combe this year
Posted 04 February 2001 - 15:30
The best I've seen so far on this wonderful circuit that deserved much better fate than just being forgotten like the other monuments of motor racing history.
Does anyone have pictures of cars in action round Brno?
Posted 07 February 2001 - 04:23
From Saward's book, the World Atlas of Motor Racing, the ETCC cars are in the village just after the start:
Edited by Ray Bell, 15 April 2020 - 01:10.
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Posted 13 October 2005 - 10:01
Originally posted by Ray Bell
Very good map (I have it from different source) because it shows modern circuit position near original circuit's road.
Here's aerial view of modern Brno circuit: http://members.iinet.../aerial_029.jpg.
Source - http://cfm.globalf1....erial/index.htm (see also Circuit Aerial Photos. )
It's very interesting to see old curcuit's road runnin through the forest. Did it look similar back in 1930? Also Zebetin is visible so we can imagine where 1930 and 1949 parts of the circuit were.
Posted 13 October 2005 - 12:15
It's very interesting to see old curcuit's road runnin through the forest. Did it look similar back in 1930?
Posted 09 November 2009 - 21:08
I am writing a book about Kim Newcombe. Kim raced Koenig bikes that he built himself in GP coming 2nd in the 500 class in 1973.
Rigt now I am writing about Brno in 72. I believe he qualified 4th but can find no mention of himother then that. I believe Rolf Stienhausen was also there racing a Koenig outfit but do not know what happened to him.
Photographs suggest there might have been sections of cobble. Does anyone know anything about that?