My yearning to find a place, experience it for myself is frequently through reading of it, via printed media or on the Internet. Most of the best ruined, abandoned places I have seen in the past have been found this way….Printed media found the ruined houses from the abandoned leper colony off the coast of Crete three decades ago ( Spinalonga, well known now), the disused pit buildings of Reims-Geux Motor racing circuit (read on) and others.
Of course, with the Internet, more of these are known, if they still remain standing. And some are restored to a greater or lesser degree. The best are closely guarded secrets, known to a few Urban Explorers, and I am too compromised health wise to be in that select band!
I read of this place in a weekend newspaper article in the 1990s, because Chris Rea had made a film about the Shark-nosed Ferraris of the early 1960s. I was transfixed by the image of the Pits with the restored Ferrari 156 posing by it for the article, and determined to find it (the place, not the Ferrari) when we were returning from a jaunt in France.
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
Alas, it’s all been repainted now, the atmosphere largely gone, and access restricted……
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Inspired by Cathy at Wanderessence here