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Bottom post of the previous page:

Aerial pics of the old Donington circuit are extremely rare. These are the first I have seen, courtesy of Motorsport Images.

At first I was confused how there could be a left hander leading down to the Melbourne Hairpin, but then I realised that this is actually Starkey's Corner and the Melbourne Hairpin did not exist for another year or so after these images were taken.

In the third photo you can see the exit of Coppice. That's the first time I have ever seen this part of the old track from above or otherwise. There is another hairpin here, which was part of a short layout known as the Manufacturer's circuit. I didn't know about this before.

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I posted this in another thread a few months ago and just got reminded it should also be recorded here.....

The Lotus Test track at Ethel.
Aerial pic of the Lotus factory and base showing the test track. Classic Team Lotus is still based there, run by Colin' Chapman's son
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Original post with more info here. viewtopic.php?p=436312#p436312

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Zeltweg airfield, sometime in 45.
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Everso Biggyballies wrote: 1 year ago I posted this in another thread a few months ago and just got reminded it should also be recorded here.....

The Lotus Test track at Ethel.
Aerial pic of the Lotus factory and base showing the test track. Classic Team Lotus is still based there, run by Colin' Chapman's son
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For reference:
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Original post with more info here. viewtopic.php?p=436312#p436312
Here I found the original layout:
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(more here: https://media.lotuscars.com/en/heritage ... laces.html)

And fist few pictures here show the 1999 version of the track (very close to modern layout):
http://www.ukairfields.org.uk/hethel.html
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kubakozal wrote: 1 year ago
Everso Biggyballies wrote: 1 year ago I posted this in another thread a few months ago and just got reminded it should also be recorded here.....

The Lotus Test track at Ethel.
Aerial pic of the Lotus factory and base showing the test track. Classic Team Lotus is still based there, run by Colin' Chapman's son
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For reference:
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Original post with more info here. viewtopic.php?p=436312#p436312
Here I found the original layout:
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(more here: https://media.lotuscars.com/en/heritage ... laces.html)

And fist few pictures here show the 1999 version of the track (very close to modern layout):
http://www.ukairfields.org.uk/hethel.html
Great stuff. Thanks. :thumbsup:

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Rouen-les-Essarts, year/photographer unknown

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I don't know if this fits to this thread:

old aerial imagery from:
french geoportal:
ROUEN-LES-ESSARTS

LE MANS

belgian geoportal (wallonie)
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Italian geoportal:
http://www.pcn.minambiente.it/viewer/ - I cound not find the tool to generate link to specific location, but you can find i.e. Monza and go back to 1988 :)
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kubakozal wrote: 5 months ago I don't know if this fits to this thread:

old aerial imagery from:
french geoportal:
ROUEN-LES-ESSARTS

LE MANS

belgian geoportal (wallonie)
SPA
(there are more layers)

Italian geoportal:
http://www.pcn.minambiente.it/viewer/ - I cound not find the tool to generate link to specific location, but you can find i.e. Monza and go back to 1988 :)
Baden Wurttenberg Geoportal - Germany
https://www.geoportal-bw.de/#/(sidenav:karten)
Just under the Manheim is Hockeheim - you can see images from 60s, 80s and later (select Menu -> Karten -> Digitaler Luftbildatlas)
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Disappointing, the oldest photo available is from 1968, several years after the conversion. :sorrow:
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Imola 1973
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Michkov wrote: 4 months ago Imola 1973
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Nice! I'm surprised to see they had the chicane installed where Barrichello crashed in '94, I thought that was a much later addition.
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Yes. The Variante Bassa was added in 1973. And the Variante Alta a year later.

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Indeed, the track was build from local roadways and was up until the late 70s still a semipermanent facility. There is a flurry of improvements to the track from 73 onward, most likely since they tried to get a GP. That seems to have been what made the track a permanent facility in the end. On the other hand, the road itself was pretty much unchanged from 1980 to 1995. See the Racing Circuit database entry, just recently updated ;)
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One of my favourites from the Turismo Carretera series.
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WOW! Great shot of Balcarce. :)
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