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“Remains of a race circuit”

Circuit de Reims-Gueux
Ranked #21 of 80 things to do in Reims
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Owner description: Called the Circuit de Reims-Gueux, this old road racing circuit is situated just outside the pretty village of Gueux, to the west of Reims on the Route Touristique de Champagne. The circuit saw it's heyday in the 50's and 60's with both 12 hour endurance races and 14 Formula 1 Grand Prix's. Indeed it's debut in Formula 1 was during the inaugural World Championship year in 1950. In 1954, Jaguar gained a 1,2,3 in the 12 hour race with a maiden victory for the D Type.
Reviewed 14 August 2014

The rather sad remains of a race circuit on the side of the road with the dilapidated stands and garages. If you (like me) are a petrolhead you will love it and it is a great photo opportunity. If you are not, don't bother!!

1  Thank Budjuggler
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

If you grew up in the 50s and 60s watching European Formula I, you have to take the time to visit this site. The race ended long ago and the locals are resolved never to see it return. But it was grand and important stuff at the time, rivaling Le Mans, with the greatest racers of the world participating. What you find here, hard along the side of a public road, are the relics remaining of glory days. Visit at dusk, as the light retreats, and you can almost imagine what once was.

Thank CapertonGC
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

We booked the Ibis, Tinqueux, Reims (see my review) on the western side of Reims for our return stop en route to Calais so that we would be close to this historic site. If you love historic racing as I do, I urge you to make this small detour.

Finding the track is not too difficult, although Sat Navs can get confused. Google maps finds it with “Reims GP Pits”. Leave Reims via Tinqueux on the N31 heading slightly north-west until you reach Thillois. After about 2km, take the 4th exit at the roundabout onto the D27 heading south west towards Gueux. For the next 1km you are on the straight, heading for the pits. Set your watch back half a century.

As you approach, you are in the tyretracks of the legends, who included the famous five J’s of the 50s and 60s, Juan Manuel Fangio, Jack Brabham, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart and Jochen Rindt, along with many other racing heroes.

There is a hard shoulder the whole length of the pits, so parking is easy. But be careful as you stop, and even more so as you wander around with your camera, because the traffic does tend to hurtle past.

Put on your rose-tinted glasses and drift back to 1968. Become Jackie Stewart in his Matra Cosworth to imagine this atmospheric relic of a bygone age as it would have been in its heyday. Imagine his elation as he saw the chequered flag being unfurled.

I stopped my Jaguar in front of the Jaguar pits and imagined the mechanics leaping into action. If only…


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31  Thank XF_Jagman
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

For anyone driving in the area then this is worth a detour to visit. A piece of history from the old Formula one days. Great tp photograph. Be careful as the traffic on the road does go quite quick. But worth taking a moment and sit in the grandstand.

1  Thank Jonathan G
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

Well worth a visit, I'd suggest an early morning drive as it's located on a pretty quick road.

You're not supposed to explore the building as such but we managed to get in the grandstands etc and explore the area behind the main track.

Amazing place steeped in history.

Thank DJWCheshire
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