The Legendary History of Spa-Francorchamps

26 may 2024
Did you know that Spa-Francorchamps, one of the most iconic racing tracks in the world, has a history as thrilling as its turns? Here’s a dive into its fascinating past! 🌟 Imagine back in the 30s, when the track was first raced on, turn one of a 15km, 21-turn lap was Eau Rouge. Back then Eau Rouge looked nothing like it does today. Forget taking the mighty corner flat out in the dry, in the middle of it there was a hairpin, there was no armco, and spectators sat by the side of the track with their picnics. Even in the 1950s Eau Rouge was a monster, when all four wheels of the car would leave the ground as it hurtled over the crest of the hill. These days, Eau Rouge is a baby, with corners like Pouhon demanding more from the drivers, but the Kemmel Straight is still as fast as it always was. Since the revamped circuit was introduced in 1983, the most successful drivers have been Schumacher with six victories followed by Senna with five and Raikkonen with four to his name. ✨ Conception and Creation ✨ The vision for Spa-Francorchamps began with Jules de Their, a newspaper owner eager to revive the La Meuse Cup, halted by World War I. Joining forces with racing driver Henri Langlois van Ophem and the mayor of Spa, Baron Joseph de Crawhez, they crafted a legendary circuit by linking roads from Spa, Francorchamps, Malmedy, and Stavelot. 🛤️ The Original Circuit - 1920 🛤️ The initial circuit was a staggering 15km, featuring parts of today’s track including Blanchimont, La Source, the Kemmel Straight, and Les Combes. The renowned Eau Rouge and Raidillon were present but connected by a hairpin, posing a formidable challenge. 🏎️💨 Let’s keep the legacy alive!

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