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Circuits of the past

Remember the motor racing circuits of the past!

Scheivlak Corner

The Tarzan Corner may be the most famous corner at Zandvoort. The corner where all drivers talk about is the ScheivlakThe sprint over the Hunzerug, full throttle upwards trough the Rob Slotemaker Corner, the short braking at the top of the dune and than at high speed trough the Scheivlak with its elevations. That all makes this section to one of the most beautiful sections of a race track in the world!

The Scheivlak Corner in the early years of the Zandvoort Circuit

Since the Zandvoort Circuit opened in 1948 the Scheivlak Corner was part of it. The name Scheivlak comes from the old Dutch word for border "scheidingsvlak" or "scheivlak". On this site was a border between the public dunes and the private property of the Young Lord Quarles van Ufford (See also the article about the corner names of Zandvoort). The corner self have never been modified, they only enlarged the run off area several times.

The Scheivlak Corner abandoned in the 90's

When in 1989 the track became shortened, the so called interim circuit, the Scheivlak was no longer in use and was leaved abandoned between the sand dunes. Years of uncertainty about the fate of this part of the track followed. There were plans to use the section with the Scheivlak Corner again, but there was a lot of opposition. When finally in 1999 the new circuit was opened the Scheivlak was recovered to its old glory. See also "The layout of the Zandvoort Circuit".

Circuit Zandvoort abandoned Scheivlak during the 90's
The abandoned Scheivlak Corner in the 90's.

The Scheivlak Corner revived

When in the late nineties the plans for the layout of the new track get established, some engineers came with the idea to level down the Scheivlak to reduce costs for the sound walls. But the direction of the circuit found that the original character of this unique corner may not be damaged (bravo!). As a result of that the Scheivlak is still the same as in 1948.

Circuit Zandvoort Scheivlak 2008
The Scheivlak anno 2008.

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Action at the Scheivlak during the 2016 Easter Races.

© Text: Herman Liesemeijer Pictures: Scheivlak sixties Vera Lodder, nineties and 2008 Herman Liesemeijer.

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