Hi ho all, i am compiling a list of all of the world's street circuits. Im not too sure where this belongs, but I'll give the historic forum a whirl and see how it goes.
Anyways, this is far from complete (i havent looked at what ive typed yet, so it is bound to be full of typos and gramatical errors) so if you lovely folk could fill some of the blanks i would be most appreciative.
PS. What is a street/road circuit? Hmmm, i guess i have classified closed road races for cars. I haven't really started on bikes yet, any hints with that one? (i know ive left out many TT tracks like the Isle of Mann.)
PPS. Sorry it is so long
Adelaide Parklands -Held its first F1 GP in 1986 and set the world standard with respect to street courses. Incorporating public roads and a section inside the Victoria Park Racecourse, it lots its F1 round to Melbourne in 1996. Touring cars took to the track for their own meeting in 1999, and the ALMS will have their first race at the circuit in 2000.
Albany -From 1936, with some breaks, until 1965, the streets of Western Australian town Albany played host to several race meetings, held on two seperate courses around the houses.
Albert Park -a track comprising public roads around the Albert Park Lake in downtown Melbourne held races in the 1950s, including the Australian Grand Prix. The Australian GP returned in 1996 with a round of the full F1 World Championship.
Albury -The roads of the country New South Wales town played host to 2 race meetings in 1938/39.
Applecross -A single race meeting was held in 1940 around the streets, just north of Perth.
Benalla -Yet another one off track, which was raced on in 1936.
Bunbury -2 different street circuits around the southern-Western Australian city center were used for race meetings in 1938, 1946, 1961 and 1963.
Canberra -A new addition to the motorsport scenery in the year 2000, as the circuit through the old and new Parliament Houses for V8 Supercars.
Carey Park- The southern suburb of Bunbury held a one off race in 1962.
Collie -Like other Western Australian street tracks at the time, it held meetings in 1960 and 1961.
Darley -Based around roads left by an old Army camp, near Bacchus Marsh in regional Victoria. Primarily used by bikes, it was raced on in the 50s and 60s.
Geraldton -Once again, a street circuit in the 60s around a West Australian town, with a one off event in 1965.
Gnoo Blas -A 3.75 mile long track around the streets of the rural New South Wales town of Orange. It was in use from 1953 to 1962, and in that time played host to the first ever ATCC event in 1960.
Gold Coast Indycar -Utilising the roads of Surfers Paradise, races for the American based Champ Car series have been run since 1991.
Goomalling -Another West Australian track which was used from 1949 through to 1955.
Loebethal -The massive South Australian track (8.65 miles/13.9 km) ran past the Onkaparinga River, and the townships of Lobethal and Charleston. Its first event was the South Australian GP in 1938, and the '39 Australian GP. Other events were held in 1940 and '48, but closed when a government rule was implied that banned street racing, which was lifted until 1985 and the Adelaide GP.
Longford -The long (4.4 mile) northern Tasmanian track was in use 1953 throgh to 1968, and was raced on racing luminaries such as Amon, Clack, Brabham and Piers Courage.
Middle Ridge -A 2.6 mile track near Toowoomba in Queensland held 3 race meetings from 1958 through to 1961, which coinded with the festival of flowers.
Mount Panorama -Built in 1937 to help out a community still in trouble after the great recession as a scenic public drive. It has played host to many events including the AGP, Easter Bike races, and of course the October Bathurst 1000 for touring cars.
Narrogin -Another West Australian town that held races from 1948 through to 1955, including the 1951 A.G.P.
Northam -From 1952 to 1956 the town of Northam (90 east of Perth) held races on 2 seperate layouts.
Nuriootpa -In the heart of South Australias Barosa Valley held the A.G.P. in 1950 after hosting a meeting in 1949.
Parramatta Park -From 1952 to 1955 the western Sydney park held races over two seperate tracks; a 1 mile short circuit and a 2 mile Grand Prix circuit.
Phillip Island -From 1928 to 1935 races were held on the public roads of Phillip Island, over 3 different layouts, with the longest being 12 miles long.
Pingelly -Another West Australian town which held races from 1939 to 1941.
Southport -Not far from the current Surfers Paradise street circuit was the 5.7 mile long played host to the A.G.P. in 1954, and then had 2 more smaller meetings in the following year before going out of service.
Toodyay -A one off track in yet another West Australian town of length 1.2 miles which was raced on in 1947.
Vale -A long circuit at Bathurst, which was used exclusively by motorcycles before the Mount Panorama circuit came along in the late '30s.
Woodside -The original South Australian street circuit, which held meetings from 1947 through to 1951.
Woody Point -A one off race around the streets of Redcliffe just north of Brisbane in 1936.
Wellington- A premier international event on the waterfront streets of downtown Wellington was devised to lift the image of the area. The tight and twisty circuit was in use from the mid '80s until the mid '90s.
Johore -Malaysian street race, which still exists today as a host for a round of the Asian Touring Car Championship.
Macau -The tiny Portuguese colony has been a stopping point for Formula 3 teams for many years now, who gather to race on the tight and demanding 3.8 mile. Also the craziest of the crazy bike riders take up the challenge to race alongside the cars at the end of season meetings.
Penang -Another Malaysian track, however no longer in use.
Singapore -Ran "Grand Prix" events in the '60s and '70s.
Belle Isle - The race track is location on Belle Isle, which is right in the middle of the Detroit River, and adjacent to downtown Detroit. The track has been used from its inception as a replacement for the downtown F1/Cart track, and has been used by Cart, and its support categories including Trans-Ams.
Dallas -Another "it seemed like a good idea at the time" tracks when it hosted a one off World Championship Round in 1984.
Detroit -F1 and later Cart circuit in the downtown area was used from 1982 through to 1988, with Senna taking several wins on a track which was described as sterile by many.
Grand Rapids -A very interesting layout whcih utilises 2 bridges to criss-cross the Grand River in the center of Grand Rapids, Michigan. First raced on in 1998 by SCCA class cars.
Houston -Another new addition in 1998, this time to the Cart schedule, the track is another to have a liking for right angled corners. Although, there are some variations to the corners, and it is one of the better tracks which have been constructed.
Las Vagas -The car park of the Ceasers Palace Casino played host to 2 F1 Championship races in 1981/82.
Long Beach -Originally used by F5000, then F1 and finally Cart, the circuit has undergone several face lifts in its existance since 1975. In that time the area has grown with the circuit and the event into a thriving tourist attracting branch of Los Angeles.
Meadowlands -Like Las Vagas, a race based in a New York car park for Champ Cars.
Miami -Has had two stints at hosting races in the mid-eighties, as well as a one off race in 1995 for Champ Cars while the Homestead complex was not completed.
Minnesota -A real street circuit, with 10 90 degree corners (and a chicane) turn the streets of downtown Minnesota into a series of drag strips. The track has been used by the Trans-Ams and supporting categories throughout the 90's.
Montreal -Since 1978 the Le Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve has played host to the F1 World Championship. The circuit is on the Ile Notre-Dame, which is in the middle of the Saint Lawrence River, not far from down town Montreal.
Phoenix -Like Dallas, it held one F1 GP in 1989, which was won by Prost in a McLaren.
Reno -Another downtown dash around the streets, this time up in the Rocky Mountains at the Casino City of Reno. Trans-Ams used the track which ran around the Hilton up until 1998.
St. Petersburg -Much like Minnesota, with 6 right angle turns and a chicane for good measure, put with a twist. St. Petersburg ran over rail lines, which worried Trans-Am drivers when the crossing lights started flashing during a race!
Toronto -On the shore of Lake Ontario and not far from downtown Toronto is cricuit which has played host to Cart events for man..
Trois-Rivieres -This historic tight little circuit, where Gilles Villeneuve will always be the favourite, has been in service since 1967 (apart from a 3 year break starting in 1986). These days it hosts rounds of Trans-Ams and Cart feeder categories.
Vancouver -The racetrack was originally run around British Columbia Place Stadium, but was moved slightly south for 1998 due to contruction on the old site.
Watkins Glen -The original of the 3 tracks which have used the name "Watkins Glen" in the Upstate New York area first held races in 1947, however racing ceased in 1951 after several serious accidents resulted in the deaths of drivers and spectators. The track measures 6.6 miles in length.
Caracas -Venezeula street circuit which Venezeulan GP for Sports Cars in 1955-57, where drivers such as Fangio, Moss, Collins and Phill Hill raced.
Cordoba -Argentinian street race.
Montevideo -Uruguay track in 1952 for F3 cars.
Punta del Este -Another Uruguay track based in a sea side resort.
Dakar -Dual carriageway used during the '50s.
Lourenco Marques -2.1 mile street circuit through the streets of Mozambiques capital.
Luanda -Angolan track used during the '60s.
Alessandria -Italian city which held races from1924-1934.
Antwerp -Belgium track from 1930's which held 2 sportscar meetings.
Ards -Irish circuit from 1905 through to 1936.
Avellion -Italian city which ran major sports car events from 1928-33.
Avus -After many years of construction, Berlin's Avus track was opened in 1921. The track was formed by a dual carriage way with 2 loops at either end. The circuit is still used these days by national championship classes.
Ballyjamesduff -Irish street circuit of approximately 1/2 a mile in length.
Belgrade - The Yugoslavian GP for 1939 was won on a street circuit by Tazio Nuvolari. In the 1960s, the ETCC made several visits to the city.
Belluno -Italian pre-WW2 sports car track.
Boulogne -Fremch circuit which held a "Speedweek" event from 1921-28.
Birmingham - Race around the British city's streets during the mid-1980's for F3000 cars.
Bremgarten -Fast and dangerous 4.52 mile Swiss circuit, which held GP events up until 1951 and the Le Mans disaster, after which motorsport in Switzerland was banned.
Brno -Fantastic old street race which outlasted many of the other great tracks. The Czechoslovakian track was in use from 1903 through to 1986, with the basic final layout created in 1930. The 8.5 mile track had a lap record of under 4 minutes.
Brussels -Held races on 2 different tracks in 1949 and 1960-2.
Budapest -A city square was used for the first European Touring Car Championship in 1963.
Casarta -Italian city whihc held races from 1928 until the '60s.
Cesanatico -Italian Formula Junior track from the '50s.
Charade -Another long French circuit which first appeared in 1958 and closed in 1988. It played host to 4 F1 GPs, with the last being in 1972.
Chimay -6.75 mile Belgium circuit which ran from 1926 through to 1964 (apart from a break for the war) which hosted just about every form of the sport including F1 in 1949 and 1954.
Dundrod -Irish circuit, in use from 1950 to 1955.
Elaintarha -Finnish track that held races in 1937 and 1939.
Enna-Pergusa -Sicilian 3 mile track around a lake. The circuit opened in 1964 and has been used by nearly all major formulae since, including modern day F3000 today.
Erlen -Swiss F2 track from 1950-51.
Geneva -Several different circutis were used, one in 1924, and a second shorter one from 1946-1950.
La Charte -A semi-street circuti which hosted French Formula 3 championship races up until 1984, after that it was only used by minor series.
Lasarte -11.03 mile Spanish street course which held the Spanish GP up until 1935.
Lausanne -Swiss track from 1947-1949.
Le Mans -The Le Mans track was originally a 105 km long track to the west of Paris. The modern Le Mans track, the Le Sarthe, did not take shape until 1929. Since then the layout has been changed very little with the execption of chicanes for safety reasons.
Lille -French circuit from 1920s through to 1931.
Lungomare -8.93 mile Italian track fro F1 and F1 cars, but closed after the Le Mans disaster.
Luxembourg -Several street circuits which held races, the first being the Luxembourg G.P. in 1939. After the war, an F2 race was held at Findell.
Mettet -Belgium F2 race track from '40s.
Messina -Italian Formula Junior track from the '50s.
Modena - In the center of Italy's Ferrari country, it held several races before the onset of WW2.
Monaco -The most famous of them all, first raced on in 1929. Over the years there have been several alterations made to the layout; the area from the the Tabac to the Gasworks hade to be changed for the addition of the swimming pool, the tunnel has been extended, Ste-Devote chicaned, and the waterfront chicane slowed.
Mons -Belgium F2 race track from '40s.
Monsanto -Portugese track which held races, including the Portugese GP, in the 50's.
Montenero -At Livorno in Italy, held races from 1921-1939.
Montreux -Swiss track that held races beofore the war.
Namur -Belgium F2 race track from '40s.
Norisring -1.43 mile circuit around the streets of the German city of Nuremberg, which has been used over the years by sports cars, touring cars, and other local formulae.
Oporto -Portugese track in use before the opening of Estoril in the '70s. Hosted the first Portugese GP in 1950 for sports cars. The track also had the challenging obstacle of tram lines for drivers to deal with!
Pau -Another famous old French street race, which was first run in 1901. Originally the track was 9.86 miles long, but now has been shortened for modern day F3 and F3000.
Pescara -Italian track dating back to 1924, which held the longest ever F1 GP in 1957 with a lap distance of 15 miles. Racing ceased in the 1960s.
Pedralbes -2.77 mile track around Barcelona's Montjuinch Park, which held races from the '30s through to the '50s.
Phoenix Park -Home of the Irish Grand Prix, situated in a public park of Dublin.
Porteroza -Yugosalvian sea side resort track for F3 cars in 1961 and '66.
Posillipo -Hosted the Naple GP in the '30s, and held F1 races through the 50's until it closed in 1962.
Reims -Famous French circuit which was first used in 1925 and held Grand Prixs on and off until 1970.
Rouen -French road circuit, which was first used in 1951, and survived the outcry following the Le Mans disaster, to hold major races right up to the late '70s. It held 5 F1 GPs with the last being held in 1968.
Salerno -Italian Formula Junior track from the '50s.
Salo -The Circuito del Gardo in the Italian town of Salo held races from 1921 up until the 1960s.
Seinajoki - Finnish street circuit of 1.3 miles in length.
Spa-Francorchamps -One of the worlds great race tracks. The track started out life as a 14km circuit in 1924, but had to be shortened to its current configuration after the 1970 GP. It still hosts many international events including F1, and the annual Spa 24 hour race for Touring Cars.
St-Germain -Home of the French Bol d'Or from 1922-37.
Syracuse -Italian Formula Junior track from the '50s.
Teramo -Italian Formula Junior track from the '50s.
Vila de Conde -Portugese track to the north of Oporto.
Villafranca de Panades -Barcelonan, 9.1 triangular track used from 1921-23.
Vila Real -4.3 mile Portugese track which dates back to 1931, and ran major meetings through to 1974, after which the track was used by touring cars.
Zagreb -1962 street race for F3 cars.