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LINAS-MONTLHÉRY
MONTLHÉRY
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Description In addition to the normal history of the circuit, that can be easily found on websites reportes in sources section, there is also a nearly unknown story connected to the circuit, described by Raymond Gureme in his book Interdit aux nomades (in French, I don’t know if it has been translated into English. In 1939, the circuit was bought by the State and it had been outsourced to the Ministry of War. At first it was used for training soldiers with motorbikes and armored cars. In 1940 the site was transformed into an internment camp for nomads, both French and other nationalities, and it had been open until 1946. The author describes the heavy field conditions as a former internee from November 27th 1940 to October 1941. In spite of the war and the prison camp, somebody still thought of using the circuit for some races, and in June 1941 prisoners were forced to weed the track. I don’t know what happen later; of course, the author tells his personal drama and does not provide other indications.
Location Linas - Montlhéry
91 - Essonne - Île-de-France
Location  
Latitude - Longitude + 48°37'03"     + 2°13'28"
48.6175     2.224444
UTM Coordinates X = 442840.991  -  Y = 5385226.758  -  Zone 31U
Aerial photo / Map (*)  Google Maps  -    Bing Maps  -    Flash Earth  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) GéoPortail
Altitude AMSL 131 m - 430 ft
Inauguration 1924
Closing  
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) Italian Author: Raymond Gurême & Isabelle Ligner - Published by: Piemme bestseller - Published in: France - year: 2012 - ISBN: 9788856622195
(2) English (page 150)Author: Sam S. Collins, Gavin D. Ireland - Published by: Veloce Publishing Ltd - year: 2005 - ISBN: 1904788319
(3) English Author: William ’Bill’ Boddy, G. E. T. Eyston - Published by: Veloce Publishing Ltd - year: 2007 - ISBN: 1845840526
(4) English (page 30)Author: Louis Klemantaski & Michael Frostick - Published by: Batsford Book - year: 1958
Description of the circuit
(5) French Author: Raymond Gurême & Isabelle Ligner - Published by: Calmann-Lévy - Published in: France - year: 2011 - ISBN: 9782702150085
(6) Italian English ForumForum --> Europe --> France --> FRA - Autodrome de Linas - Montlhéry [ITA - ENG]
(7) English ForumForum --> Chat in English --> Aerials of circuits [ENG]
(8) French autodrome.over-blog.com (...)Track history (chapter 1/4)
(9) French autodrome.over-blog.com (...)Track history (chapter 2/4)
(10) French autodrome.over-blog.com (...)Track history (chapter 3/4)
(11) French autodrome.over-blog.com (...)Track history (chapter 4/4)
(12) French fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autodrome_de_Linas-Montlh%C3%A9ryWikipedia
(13) English groups.msn.com/CircuitsofthepastEnglish/linasmontlhery.msnwCircuit of the Past
(14) French jmgosson.free.fr/pilotage/mont.htm
(15) French lfnsc.free.fr/monthlery/index.htmPhotos (August 2001)
(16) French www.montlhery.com/autodrom.htm
(17) German www.montlhery.com/autodrom_deu.htm
(18) English www.montlhery.com/autodrom_eng.htm
(19) English www.racingcircuits.netMotor Racing Circuits Database
(20) English www.silhouet.com/motorsport/tracks/montlher.htmlThe GEL Motorsport - Tracks Around The World
(21) English www.teamdan.com/archive/gen/1924.html
(22) Italian Autosprint 21/1969 (page 19)Map and main data
(23) Italian Autosprint 3/1972 (page 42)Map
(24) Italian Rombo 46/1988 (page 67)Mixed paved and dirt course for Race of Champions 1988
(25) Italian Autosprint 37/2001 (page 46)Short description

(*) 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.

Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry: Anneau de Vitesse
Description Original banked oval circuit
Years 1924÷1973
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Oval course
Inauguration 1924
Closing 1973
Last update of this page April 10th 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 2494  m 8184  ft 1.55  mi   (20)
length 2548  m 8358  ft 1.583  mi   (19)
length 2500  m 8202  ft 1.553  mi   (21)
length 2548.24  m 8360  ft 1.583  mi   (16)

Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry
Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry: Grand Prix Circuit
Full circuit
Description  
Years 1924÷1935
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1924
Closing 1935
Last update of this page October 3rd 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 12496  m 40998  ft 7.765  mi   (19)
length 12500  m 41010  ft 7.767  mi   (21)
Max. gradient (uphill) 12  % 6.8  °        (16)
Max. gradient (downhill) 7  % 4  °        (16)

Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry: Piste Routiére
Description Shorter versions of road course that not include oval course
Years 1924÷1934
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1924
Closing 1934
Last update of this page April 10th 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 9181  m 30122  ft 5.705  mi Circuit # 2 (19)
length 7499  m 24604  ft 4.66  mi Circuit # 1 (19)

Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry: Circuit
Description Shorter versions of road course that include oval course
Years 1924÷1934
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1924
Closing 1934
Last update of this page April 10th 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 5000  m 16405  ft 3.107  mi Circuit # 2 (19)
length 3333  m 10935  ft 2.071  mi Circuit # 1 (19)
length 6283  m 20613  ft 3.904  mi Circuit # 3 (19)
length 7784  m 25539  ft 4.837  mi Circuit # 4 (19)

Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry: Grand Prix Circuit
Description  
Years 1935÷1973
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1935
Closing 1973
Last update of this page April 10th 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 12493  m 40988  ft 7.763  mi   (19)
length 7800  m 25591  ft 4.847  mi   (22)

Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry: Piste Routiére
Description  
Years 1935÷1973
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1935
Closing 1973
Last update of this page April 10th 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 9181  m 30122  ft 5.705  mi Circuit # 2 (19)
length 7499  m 24604  ft 4.66  mi Circuit # 1 (19)

Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry: Circuit
Description  
Years 1935÷1973
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1935
Closing 1973
Last update of this page April 10th 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 5000  m 16405  ft 3.107  mi Circuit # 2 (19)
length 3333  m 10935  ft 2.071  mi Circuit # 1 (19)
length 6283  m 20613  ft 3.904  mi Circuit # 3 (19)
length 7784  m 25539  ft 4.837  mi Circuit # 4 (19)

Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry
Description  
Years 1982÷...
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1982
Closing  
Last update of this page April 10th 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 3405  m 11172  ft 2.116  mi   (19)




Location: + 48°37'03", + 2°13'28"
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