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Lyngåsbanen. Rallycross track in Norway


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#1 Myrvold

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 20:07

So, I honestly don't know how many rallycross fans there are on autosport, but for those who followed rallycross in the late 70's. 80's, 90's and start of 00's, they will remember Lyngåsbanen, that hosted the norwegian rounds of the European rallycross championship through almost 30 years. The track was made during the rally-stop period we had in Norway, from 1971-1984. When rallying was forbidden by law.  No one knew how to draw a true rallycross track, so they just walked in front of the bulldozer and voila, a track was made. And with a lot of work on the sparetime, and income from the local bingo-club the track was financed without a single loan or state-funding. Actually, the track was made without anyone knowing about it. And the local government ordered the work to stop. With some local people with influence they got back to work, and with the rally-ban, they managed to host the first rallycross event in 1972, under the name "autocross". They ran the first race was run under a one-off "test-event" permit. The same permit was used for every race the next few years.
However, the influence it have had on Norwegian motorsport, not only rallycross, but the whole motorsport-arena in Norway is forgotten, it was tried to get it conserved by the state, for historical reasons. But it didn't work out.

This is how we remember Lyngåsbanen.

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But sadly this is how the track is now.

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I've never understood the importance of preserving tracks before now. It's a sad sad sight.



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#2 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 22:37

I competed at Tailem Bend Rallycross [South Australia] late 70s and it is far worse I believe.
And Catalina Pk Katoomba is worse again. Catalina Pk [TNFr] has posted quite a few pics at various times.
Rallycross was originally inexpensive, good for the fans and good for TV too but just seems to have died in most countries.