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ASMARA
Description From 1938 to 1955 (or more) some races were organized in Eritrea. I found only the very few info here following, without any info about the track used.
Location Asmara - Regione Centrale / Central
Location NOTE: Eritrea was an Italian colony from 1890 to 1941 and from 1936 to 1941 it was included in Africa Orientale Italiana (Italian Eastern Africa, A.O.I.) toghether with Ethiopia and Italian Somaliland. With the defeat of Italy in 1941 Great Britain governed Eritrea as a protectorate ruled it as "Occupied Enemy Territory." On December 2th 1950 UN passed a resolution that formally federated Eritrea to Ethiopia. In September 1952, the agreement was put into practice and Ethiopians replaced the British. After a very long war, Eritrea declared its indepence on May 24th 1993.
Latitude - Longitude + 15°19'56"     + 38°55'50"
15.332222     38.930556
UTM Coordinates X = 492545.901  -  Y = 1695072.954  -  Zone 37P
Aerial photo / Map (*)  Google Maps  -    Bing Maps  -    Flash Earth
Altitude AMSL 2339 m - 7674 ft
Inauguration  
Closing  
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) English forums.autosport.com (...)Autosport.com Bulletin Board --> The Nostalgia Forum --> Some obscure races in Ethiopia, Brazil and Hungary won by Maseratis! --> post by O Volante quoting the book Maserati Story. Il rilancio di un mito by Eliseo Ferrari publ. by Edizioni Il Fiorino
(2) English forums.autosport.com (...)Autosport.com Bulletin Board --> The Nostalgia Forum --> Some obscure races in Ethiopia, Brazil and Hungary won by Maseratis!
(3) English forums.autosport.com (...)Autosport.com Bulletin Board --> The Nostalgia Forum --> Obscure places for races: Asmara, Antananarivo --> post by humphries quoting an article by Capt. L.Croft, R.E.M.E. issued by Autosport on June 20th 1952
(4) English forums.autosport.com (...)Autosport.com Bulletin Board --> The Nostalgia Forum --> War time race in North Africa --> post by David McKinney quoting an article published on Classic & Sports Car maybe on 1999 or 2000
(5) English users.mo-net.com/nixit/kagnew4.htmlStreet race photos by Bob Wassum and Dick Lillienthal on Joe Nix’s website
(6) English users.mo-net.com/nixit/streetraces.htmlPhotos of the race of June 11th 1952
(7) English www.milermeter.com/?r=4061563Track layout
(8) English www.trainweb.org/eritrean/scrapbook/where/maps/0001Asmara.jpgCity map
(9) English Autosport /1952 [Publishing date: June 20th 1952]
(10) Italian Grace 3/2007 (page 36)Description in brief (with map) [Publishing date: April 2007]

(*) NOTE: a complete and detailed view of the circuit can be found (if available) on Street View by Google Maps and/or Bird's Eye and 3D views by Bing Maps for Enterprise (former Microsoft Virtual Earth): both can be reached using their own link in Aerial photo / Map cell.

(**) For on-line not-English speaking sources, click on each small flag and you open the corresponding Google Translator page with automatic translation.

Asmara
Description Coppa di Natale (Christmas Cup, main race) and Coppa del Governatore (Governor’s Cup) were raced

Coppa di Natale
1. Emilio Romano (Alfa Romeo 2.8L) 30 laps (108.810 km - 67.613 mi)

Coppa del Governatore
1. Ferdinando Gay (Maserati 1100) 51’26"2, 20 laps (72.540 km - 45.075 mi), 84.891 km/h - 52.750 mph
2. Cristoforo Bigi (Fiat 508) 53’22"4
Years 1938
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration December 25th 1938
Closing December 25th 1938
Last update of this page November 1st 2005
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 3627  m 11900  ft 2.254  mi   (2)

Asmara
Description In 1943 a bunch of British army officers requisitioned six Italian cars and organised a race for them over a street circuit in Asmara. A single-seater Maserati 4C won from the ex-Howe 8C-2300 Alfa Romeo after a 6C-1750 Alfa was forced out following an encounter with a donkey which had strayed onto the track. The other starters were a newer 8C Alfa, a second 1750 and a small sports Maserati, but the drivers’ names remain hidden by the security in force at the time.
Years 1943
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Road course
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page December 18th 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 7242  m 23759  ft 4.5  mi   (4)

Asmara
Description Salvatore Ettori (Maserati) won Circuito d’Asmara. I have no more info
Years 1948
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type  
Inauguration June 13th 1948
Closing June 13th 1948
Last update of this page May 14th 2005
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  

Asmara
Description In "Autosport" June 20th 1952 Capt. L.Croft, R.E.M.E. provided a brief report, or should that be dispatch, about the 5th Circuit of Asmara. Although there was no circuit diagram included in the report, possibly using an old map of Asmara or a more recent map it’s possible to work out the circuit from his description.
The Asmara circuit has a lap length of 2865 m - 1.780 mi, each race consisting of 40 laps (114.600 km - 71.211 mi). The start is half way along the straight of a dual carriageway (Viale Roma). From the start there is about 300 m - 328 yd. before a right hand sweep, then a slight left hand curve before taking a very tight left turn on to the 1 kilometre straight back stretch. At the end of the straight (which includes a fairly steep rise and a long downhill) is a tight left hand curve, followed by a steep climb, right hand bend, right sweep and left sweep back on to the straight up to the start."
Asmara is 2195 m - 7200 ft. above sea-level and consequently the cars lost a considerable amount of horsepower.

Joe Nix’s website has some photos taken by Bob Wassum and by Dick Lillienthal during a street race in 1952.
There are no more info
Years 1952
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration June 11th 1952
Closing June 11th 1952
Last update of this page September 23rd 2010
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Sematat Avenue - Viale Roma - Strada 300-A - Strada 301-A - Largo Milano - Sematat Avenue - Viale Milano
length 2865  m 9400  ft 1.78  mi   (2)
length 2715  m 8907  ft 1.687  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (7)
Straight length (approx) 1000  m 3281  ft 0.621  mi Longest straight (2)

Asmara 1952

Due to technical problems, temporarily it’s no longer possible to see the circuits on Google Maps embedded in the current page.
This feature will be restored as soon as I figure out how to do (any help would be appreciated!)

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Latitude - Longitude: + 15°19'56", + 38°55'50"
If the aerial photo is not visible, you have to zoom out by clicking (maybe more then once) button ’-’ in top left corner

Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
September 23rd 2010   1952 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Map
January 4th 2008   1952 Lorenzo Tommasi Lorenzo Tommasi   New Map
November 16th 2005   1952 Guido de Carli     New  
November 12th 2005   1952 Guido de Carli   humphries Update  
November 1st 2005     Guido de Carli     New Description without map
March 9th 2005     Guido de Carli     New Description without map
Not all eventual updates issued in last years are already visible in this list

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