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Grand Prix Circuit de Reims

This small gallery is dedicated to this iconic and atmospheric circuit, located just 15 minutes drive from the centre of Reims. The circuit was in use from 1926 to 1970. During that period, Reims hosted the French Grand Prix 15 times. Just like Spa-Francorchamps, Reims is a classic road course: fast, narrow and dangerous. Formula One visited Reims for the very last time in 1966, when Jack Brabham won.
Since 1970, nothing much has happened with the once famous race track: Parts of the circuit are used as public roads, the old grandstands and pits are still there as ruins. I was lucky enough to visit the circuit in 2002 and again in 2003. I was dismayed to see the degree of deterioration during that short time. Thankfully a group of local enthusiasts has now begun saving what is left of the buildings. I urge anyone visiting this area of France to take the time to see this historic place. There’s more to Reims than champagne!