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
Pits at Rheims, 1998
View of Grandstand from inside the pit building
Some years later we returned, but it was being renovated, lost the atmosphere and much was out of bounds….