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Circuits of the past

Remember the motor racing circuits of the past!

A lap at the old Pescara street circuit

A photo tour around the former Italian street circuit of Pescara, the longest circuit that hosted a Formula One Grand Prix ever. By Herman Liesemeijer.

pescara circuit start finish
We start our lap at the main straight where the start/finish line was painted again (a revival?)!

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pescara circuit turn one
After 1,3 km (0.8 mile) we see the first corner.

pescara circuit

Pescara Circuit
After the first corner a short straight with at the end a railroad bridge.

Pescara Circuit
Immediately after the railroad bridge we go left.

pescara circuit rail station

Pescara Circuit
Shall we pass left or right? The huge building on the left side is the Pescara Railway Station.

Pescara Circuit

Pescara Circuit

Pescara Circuit
We turn right to Villa Raspa.

Pescara Circuit

pescara circuit villa raspa
After 1,6 km (1 mile) almost straight we turn right at Villa Raspa into the direction of Spoltore.

Pescara Circuit
Just a few buildings and than we go into the hills...

Pescara Circuit
At this rolling part of the track are a lot of sweeping kinks. In front a bridge over the SS16 motorway.

Pescara Circuit

Pescara Circuit
After a series of fast kinks we're reaching a beautiful complex of medium fast left and right hand corners...

Pescara Circuit

pescara circuit nice corners

pescara circuit spoltore
A few kilometres further we're reaching the town Spoltore, with his 185 metres above sea level the highest point of the track!

Pescara Circuit

Pescara Circuit

Pescara Circuit

pescara circuit spoltore church
In front of the church we turn right.

Pescara Circuit
And here we leave Spoltore.

Pescara Circuit
Again fast sweeping corners. The straight in front goes exactly over a tunnel from the Autostrada A14.

Pescara Circuit
Here starts the most beautiful part of the circuit with lots of elevations!

Pescara Circuit
This picture has been taken from opposite direction and gives a good idea of the elevations at this part of the track!

Pescara Circuit
At the end the hairpin is waiting...

pescara circuit monument
Just before the hairpin a monument remembers to the good old times!

Pescara Circuit

Pescara Circuit
The picture above shows the turn after the hairpin from opposite direction and has been taken from a jump where the cars should have airborne!

Pescara Circuit
This picture has been taken from the same spot as the previous one, but now into the driving direction.

Pescara Circuit
And here we're arrived into the nice Italian village Cappelle! The picture above has been taken from a higher parking and looks against the driving direction.

pescara circuit village cappelle sul tavo
The picture above shows the beautiful main street from opposite direction.

Pescara Circuit
The first one of two hairpins.

Pescara Circuit

Pescara Circuit

Pescara Circuit

Pescara Circuit
Here we're leaving Cappelle, in front of us a series of very fast kinks...

Pescara Circuit
Here the last one from a series of very fast kinks leading to the 6 km (4 mile) long straight. Unfortunately there's a roundabout after this corner now!

Pescara Circuit
And here we cross the A14 Motorway again.

pescara circuit flying kilometre
On this straight was the so called "Flying Kilometre"!

pescara circuit montesylvano
After the 4 mile straight we have to brake very hard at Montesilvano...

Pescara Circuit

Pescara Circuit
And than accelerate again at the next long straight!

Pescara Circuit
After a 4 km (2.5 mile) straight, we have to make a detour to reduce speed at start/finish. A kind of chicane.

pescara circuit chicane

Pescara Circuit

Pescara Circuit

Pescara Circuit

Pescara Circuit

Pescara Circuit

Pescara Circuit

Pescara Circuit
And than we're back at the point we started!

Click here to read more about the history of the Pescara circuit.

© Text & pictures: Herman Liesemeijer

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