Originally posted by philippe7
Indeed !!! great picture, thank you .
In the 70's the "new" karting track was not built , and kart races were sometimes held on a "tyres and cones" circuit set up on the piece of runway to the right of the current track, on the other side of the tiny hedge-lined road I used to walk all the way from St Donat's...
And of course all those white rectangulars buildings of the same size are ex-RAF Hangars converted for various civilian tasks nowadays.....the atmosphere was really special at Llandow
When it was running actual race meetings in the 60s and 70's there were no chicanes and the main straight was the full width of the runway - unlike now where the top right section of which on the image is a caravan storage area and has reduced the width by about 70%.
When I first went testing there this had just been introduced and narrowed up the exit of that long bumpy sweeper quite severely with an imposing wall of earth fronted by tyres right on the edge of the line. Quite spooky as it really did seem to draw you into it's clutches. Looks like it's now fronted by a bit of grass verge?
The re-working of the layout and resurfacing in the early 90's, featured a tight chicane halfway down the main straight at the end of the bit used by the caravans (you can just see the clean bit of tarmac vanishing under the dust) then went through what now looks like a bit of pit/paddock before exiting into that ultra tight chicane with a fiddly bit added to the first original corner and another fiddly bit added as you came out onto the back straight (are they still there? it's a few years since I have been there).
I remember testing an 1100cc hillclimb single steater there in 96 which was not much bigger than a kart and very nimble but in places it felt way too tight ever for that. Prescott seemed like a motorway by comparison..
I think the idea of the revised layout was OK in theory but the guy with the paper and pencils did what many of us would probabaly do and underestimated how much space is required to make a reasonable radius corner thats not completely stop-start in nature. But a fun place to drive all the same.