Postcards from my Past / 7

I have always been quite good at looking places up for potential exploration, and before I had access to the internet this would involve a lot of searching in books and magazines. One of the searches was the old motor racing circuit at Rheims – Geux. I discovered that the old pits and grandstand were still there, in a rather dilapidated state, after seeing an article in a weekend newspaper.

So off we went the next year when we were in the area, and it was a brilliant place for a wander… we could walk up amidst the trees onto the grandstand, through the tunnel under the road and into the pits. It had been left much as it would have been after the last races in the early 1970s

Most atmospheric….

Pits at Rheims, 1998

View of Grandstand from inside the pit building

Top of the Pits, Reims

Some years later we returned, but it was being renovated, lost the atmosphere and much was out of bounds….


  1. You’re making me sad tonight. It just looks woebegone and unloved. I feel like that sometimes. 😦

  2. How eerie the grandstand is, a fantastic setting for a tale of ‘mystery and imagination’.

  3. I’m glad you got there before the renovations. Is it being renovated as a motor racing track or something else?


  4. A beauty Sue – a manifestation of two passions

  5. A monument of better times that no longer exists (and literally now it seems). Gotta love these images. So much history and such strong stories each of them tell.

  6. Decayed edifices are so lovely so am sad to hear of the redevelopment, suppose plus ca change and all that 😕 love these old shots you did.

  7. I like that sense of abandoned former glory. I can imagine the excited crowds that once filled the place, and the sounds and smells of the cars. Almost a shame it has been renovated.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  8. Wow, your research paid off that day! I love the first photo, the colors, the composition, and that bit of vine hanging in the foreground.

  9. Emilio Pasquale

    Wow! I would have been in heaven there. What a wander that would have been. I’m sorry to hear it’s been renovated. But maybe by he time we get there it will be once more dilapidated! 🙂 I love that last shot of yours the best. So different. I doubt I would have thought of it.

  10. I don’t recall this racetrack but I suspect it never reached the dizzying heights of hosting F1. Places like this would be fenced off nowadays prohibiting access (the dreaded Health and Safety) but the world is the poorer for us not being able to explore the past. The first image is such a powerful shot, Sue.

  11. That is a place where you could find lots of details to photograph. These rundown places look good in photos

  12. Great find Sue. I prefer restoration to renovation. The latter here in India is is almost always disastrous.

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