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Author Topic: Valencia F1 circuit now a migrant shanty town.  (Read 844 times)

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Valencia F1 circuit now a migrant shanty town.
« on: August 11, 2021, 10:41:48 AM »
Abandoned since 2012 the race track, which should have formed roadways for a mega urban development, has stood mainly empty.
With all the lost monies and legal wrangling will proper buildings replace the now shanty town before the track totally crumbles?

I'm also wondering which other vanity project tracks around the world are in similar dire straights?  :DntKnw:

https://english.elpais.com/society/2021-08-09/the-shanty-town-on-valencias-abandoned-formula-1-circuit.html


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Online Dare

Re: Valencia F1 circuit now a migrant shanty town.
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2021, 01:01:05 PM »
There's a show on the Peacock Channel hear hosted
by Darrel Earnhardt about the forgotten NASCAR tracks
around the US. Too bad there isn't one about the F1 tracks
around the world
"It's often said truth is the first casualty of war,"

Offline cosworth151

Re: Valencia F1 circuit now a migrant shanty town.
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2021, 01:11:08 PM »
Coming soon to Miami.
“You can search the world over for the finer things, but you won't find a match for the American road and the creatures that live on it.”
― Bob Dylan

Offline Jericoke

Re: Valencia F1 circuit now a migrant shanty town.
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2021, 03:02:02 PM »
There's a show on the Peacock Channel hear hosted
by Darrel Earnhardt about the forgotten NASCAR tracks
around the US. Too bad there isn't one about the F1 tracks
around the world

There's a YouTuber 'Slapshoes' who mostly talks about NASCAR, and has done videos about truly abandoned tracks.  There's one (I don't remember/not looking it up) where it's entirely overgrown by forest, but he can identify the straight and pits by how the pollution affects growth.

There's another track that is only mentioned in one newspaper race summary, with no other evidence it existed.

Offline lkjohnson1950

Re: Valencia F1 circuit now a migrant shanty town.
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2021, 07:19:24 PM »
This You Tuber covers F1 circuits from the past, abandoned and otherwise. Here is hia video on the upcoming track, Spa.

Lonny

Offline cosworth151

Re: Valencia F1 circuit now a migrant shanty town.
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2021, 02:29:14 PM »
Good one, Lonnie! For those of you interested, there are some great shots of the original Spa in the movie Grand Prix.

The old Spa was famous (infamous?) for having sudden cloudbursts on one part of the track while the rest was dry. That happened during the filming. Director John Frankenheimer needed a link to tie the dry & wet scenes. He held a stopwatch in his hand, had the cameraman come in tight on it, and dripped water in the watch with his other hand. Then he dubbed in some thunder in the soundtrack.
“You can search the world over for the finer things, but you won't find a match for the American road and the creatures that live on it.”
― Bob Dylan

 


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