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LUANDA, AUTóDROMO
Not to be confused with Fortaleza, Marginal - Luanda, autódromo, Morro da Samba
Description Permanent circuit, inaugurated on May 28th 1972. It was the second permanent circuit in Angola, after Benguela. Its construction started in mid 1971 and they were directed by Brazilian architect Ayrton Cornelson (the same who built Estoril, inaugurated only 21 days later than Luanda) and to Engineer Júlio Basso. Its promoters, António Pinto da Fonseca, Rui Gonzaga Martins and the driver António Peixinho, wanted to call in Angola best cars and drivers. Contrary to what happened in Benguela, this circuit was quite ready on the inauguration day: race direction tower was nearly ready, access roads, heliport and 30 large boxere were ready. Tribunes were temporary, final ones for 20000 spectators have been made later. On track, main new were light panel to be used to segnalize ro driver instead of usual flags. According to somebody, when finished this circuit could have been the best in the world, even better than Nivelles (Belgium), at that time considered the best. This circuit was soon abandoned because of civil war that hit Angola after indipendence, in 1975. Now the circuit is still in use for few local races: in 2007 it will host and event of Angolan Championship.
Non to be confused with Morro da Samba proposed circuit.
Location Barra do Cuanza - Luanda
Location Approx 30 km - 18.5 mi South of Luanda. along the road to Barra do Cuanza and no more than 1 km - 0.6 mi from the Sea. During Portuguese colonization (ended in 1975) it was named São Paulo da Assunção de Loanda
Latitude - Longitude - 9°00'35"     + 13°05'49"
-9.009722     13.096944
UTM Coordinates X = 290796.286  -  Y = 9003528.752  -  Zone 33L
Aerial photo / Map (*)  Google Maps  -    Bing Maps  -    Flash Earth
Altitude AMSL 60 m - 197 ft
Inauguration May 28th 1972
Closing  
Designer Ayrton Cornelson
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) English forums.autosport.com (...)Autosport.com Bulletin Board --> The Nostalgia Forum --> Benguela circuit, Angola
(2) Portuguese sportscar.com.sapo.pt/Luanda72.htmSportscar Portugal
(3) Angolan Portoguese www.sanzalangola.com/galeria/album97?&page=8Racing photos
(4) English www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=708176SkyscraperCity --> Continental Forums --> Middle East & Africa --> Africa --> Angola --> Skybar --> Autodromo de Luanda y Benguela/International Autodromes in Luanda and Benguela
(5) Portuguese Mundo Motorizado 321/1971 (page 17)Description of starting of track building (with map)
(6) Italian Autosprint 13/1972 (page 46)New proposed circuit
(7) Italian Grace 3/2007 (page 37)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.

Luanda, autódromo
Description Circuit #5 is the longest available.
I don’t know the length of track #2.
Years 1972÷...
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration May 28th 1972
Closing  
Last update of this page June 3rd 2006
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 3208  m 10525  ft 1.993  mi Circuit # 1 (2)
length 4414  m 14482  ft 2.743  mi Circuit # 3 (2)
length 5780  m 18963  ft 3.592  mi Circuit # 4 (2)
length 6280  m 20604  ft 3.902  mi Circuit # 5 (2)

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Location: - 9°00'35", + 13°05'49"
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Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
June 3rd 2006     Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Description with map
July 28th 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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