The former Grandstand as seen from the ruins of the pits at the defunct motor racing circuit of Reims-Geux, in 1997 (these buildings have since been cleared of the vegetation, given a lick of paint and fenced off – we had the run of the place then!):
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So sad when iconic places become obsolete and fall into disrepair. 😦 It makes for a good photo though. 🙂
Thanks, Sylvia….I have fond memories of that first visit, clambering about the place!
How sad that’s it isn’t still in use, it must have cost a lot to build in the first place.
It was first used in 1926, and the last F1 Grand Prix was in 1966….nowadaŷs some of the roads are still used, but the circuit as a whole no longer exists…..
Were you racing on the circuit?
Hardly! The circuit no longer exists, and I’m no racer….
It does make for an excellent shot, Sue.
Thank you, Janet!
The whole place to yourself. I like this photo idea 🙂 Well executed, Sue!
I don’t remember how I found out about it, in the years before I used the Internet….oh wait, yes I do, it ŵas a film by Chris Rea in 1996, La Passione, about Ferraris, and this place featured….so I thought, let’s find it the next time we’re in France!!
Rea rocks 🙂
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Ha! Back to decrepitude 🙂 I knew you’d soon crack! Happy what’s left of Saturday/Sunday, Sue 🙂
Me, crack? 😀😀
I’m just reverting to type….
Ah, but it’s a nice type, Sue 🙂
Oh, glad you think so, Jo!
I have a great fondness for seeing nature reclaim the buildings that once tried to dominate it.
You saw it at a good moment in time, Sue.
Best wishes, Pete.
I did catch it at a good moment….when it was both atmospheric and accessible…….
looks like nature wins.
Well, not any more, it’s all been tidied up and repainted, rather soulless now, Gavin
Excellent Sue – do you have more? I would love to see them if you do. One of the classic road circuits which one day I must visit. I have driven round it … in a PC GP simulator 🙂
Haha! Well, I do have a few more.. I posted this 2009 image a few years ago, and you can see how it has been tidied up: https://suejudd.com/2013/08/18/weekly-photo-challenge-carefree/
I thought I had posted some more from the days when the Grandstand was overgrown….if I can’t find the post, then I’ll show the images again sometime, Robin. The whole time circuit no longer exists, as some of the tarmac was taken up years ago…..
OK, Robin, take a look at Silent Sunday today…a couple of images of the pits from 1997, in stark contrast to the link I gave you earlier which shows the same place post renovations
This place is someones memory, and it is sad to see its decay, but there is solemnity and dignity in the way the man-made structures surrender to the nature, and it feels right.
Solemnity and dignity – yes, you’re right