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SOLITUDE
Not to be confused with Solitude, Gerlingen
Description First hillclimb in this area was raced in 1903, few km far from the most famous circuit (the 1935÷1965 one). In 1925 for the first time a large circuit 22.3 km - 13.8 mi long was used (not shown in my map). It used also the section Glemseck - Dreispitz - Schattengrund. In 1931 a new layout (not shown here as well) used Mahdental (Mahden valley) section from Schattengrund to Glemseck.

In 1935 finally defintive layout was first used. In following years, it hosted both car and motorbikes legendary races and tests by Mercedes, Porsche (both based in Stuttgart) and NSU. The circuit was abandoned in 1965 and it was replaced by Hockenheim, just renovated and converted into a permanent circuit. Solitute track was reverted into a public road.
Since 2003 some historical revivals have been held on some section of the old tracks, but in 2004, when Gerlingen Circuit were used.
Location Stuttgard
BW - Baden-Württemberg - 1949÷1990: BRD
Location Between Stuttgart, Leonberg and Büsnau, along Mahdental (Mahden Valley), in Baden Württemberg
Latitude - Longitude + 48°46'06"     + 9°02'44"
48.768333     9.045556
UTM Coordinates X = 503347.507  -  Y = 5401703.981  -  Zone 32U
Aerial photo / Map (*)  Google Maps  -    Bing Maps  -    Flash Earth  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) GoYellow.de
Altitude AMSL 380 m - 1247 ft
Inauguration 1903
Closing  
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) English ForumForum --> Europe --> German Countries --> GER - Solitude [ENG]
(2) English forums.autosport.com (...)Autosport.com Bulletin Board --> The Nostalgia Forum --> Solitude racetrack
(3) English tbk.fameflame.dk (...)Forum tbk.fameflame.dk --> Motorsport Photos --> Solitude Racetrack Part 1 of 2
(4) German www.classic-motorrad.de/w_mueller_50er/Solitude/Solitude.htm2003 Revival
(5) German www.landkartenindex.de/spezial/spezial_rennstrecken_solitude.htm
(6) German www.matthiasacksel.de/Projekte.htmlProject of the new Solitude Ring
(7) English www.milermeter.com/?r=2309237Track layout
(8) English www.milermeter.com/?r=2315219Track layout
(9) English www.milermeter.com/?r=2315276Track layout
(10) English www.milermeter.com/?r=2315293Track layout
(11) English www.racingcircuits.netMotor Racing Circuits Database
(12) English www.silhouet.com/motorsport/tracks/solitude.htmlThe GEL Motorsport - Tracks Around The World
(13) German www.solitude-memorial.de/soli02hist.htm
(14) German www.solitude-rennen.de/index.htm
(15) German www.solitude-revival.org
(16) German www.solitude-revival.org/sr03a.htm
(17) German www.solitude-revival.org/stx06_06.htm2006 Revival
(18) English www.solitude-revival.org/u_sr03a.htm
(19) Italian Autosprint 21/1969 (page 21)Main data (because of a mistake, map reported shown Sebring circuit)
(20) German www.solitude-memorial.deOfficial website

(*) 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.

Solitude
Description  
Years 1903÷1905
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Hillclimb
Inauguration 1903
Closing 1905
Last update of this page October 3rd 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Schwarzwild Park - Solitude
length 4023  m 13200  ft 2.5  mi   (11)
length 4000  m 13123  ft 2.486  mi   (16)
length 6950  m 22801  ft 4.318  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (9)

Solitude
Description  
Years 1906÷1924
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Hillclimb
Inauguration 1906
Closing 1924
Last update of this page October 3rd 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Schwarzwild Park - Solitude
length 7000  m 22967  ft 4.35  mi   (11)
length 7000  m 22966  ft 4.35  mi   (16)
length 6627  m 21743  ft 4.118  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (10)

Solitude
Description  
Years 1925÷1930
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Road course
Inauguration 1925
Closing 1930
Last update of this page October 3rd 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Solitude - Glemseck - Hadersbachkurve - Hadersbachebene - Sandsträßle - Frauenkreuz - Dreispitz - Lettenlöcher - Steinbachset - Schatten - Schwarzwild Park
length 22300  m 73163  ft 13.857  mi   (11)
length 22300  m 73163  ft 13.857  mi   (16)

Solitude
Description  
Years 1931
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Road course
Inauguration 1931
Closing 1931
Last update of this page October 3rd 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Solitude - Schwarzwild Park - Bruderhaus - Sandwerk - Café Glemstal - Spitzenklinge - Glemseck
length 19900  m 65289  ft 12.366  mi   (16)

Solitude
Description Start/finish line was near Leonberg and still today (see photo 1, below) you can see "Zeitnehmerhaus" tower on the left and pits on the right. Today here is based an ADAC Verkehrsübungsplatz (traffic exercise area). Hadersbachkurve was a very steep and tight uphill turn, the the track goes on with a steep uphill (up to 18%) up to Elend. From Frauenkreuz the circuit went left, but this section 600 m long up to Dreispitz in 1998 was demolished and replaced by the forest, because of a tread-off for the one cut down for building an Autobahn restaurant. Section after Lettenlöcher was very fast and weavy. After Büsnau village, the circuit goes downhill with some corners up to Schattengrund, where it joins the road that comes from Stuttgart. From here the circuit follows Mahdental (Mahden valley), with Glems creek on the left and hills on the right. There are 10 left and 8 right corners, all difficult because they seems very similar, but they are quite different.
Years 1935÷1965
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Road course
Inauguration 1935
Closing 1965
Last update of this page October 3rd 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Glemseck - Hadersbachkurve - Elend - Hadersbachebene - Sandsträßle - Frauenkreuz - Dreispitz - Lettenlöcher - Wildparkeck - Schatten - Schattengrund - Bruderhaus - Sandwerk - Café Glemstal - Spitzenklinge - Krumbachtalkurve
length 11500  m 37730  ft 7.146  mi   (11)
length 11700  m 38386  ft 7.27  mi   (16)
length 11417  m 37457  ft 7.094  mi   (2)
length 11401  m 37404  ft 7.084  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (8)

Solitude
Description  
Years 2003
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Road course
Inauguration 2003
Closing 2003
Last update of this page October 3rd 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Solitudestraße - Bergheimer Steige - Wildparkstraße - Stuttgarter Straße - K1659
length 4600  m 15092  ft 2.858  mi   (16)
length 4641  m 15227  ft 2.884  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (7)

Bergsprint
Description Hillclimb that used first section of the 1935÷1965 circuit, from after first bend to Frauenkreuz
Years 2006
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Hillclimb
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page November 25th 2010
Info last update September 15th 2006
Designer  
Distinctive points  

Solitude Ring
Description Proposed permanent circuit to be built in the same area where there was start/finish line of 1935÷1965 circuit
Years  
Direction  
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page November 25th 2010
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  

Solitude and Gerlingen Circuit: comparison between different track layouts

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Solitude 1903÷1905

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Solitude 1906÷1924

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This feature will be restored as soon as I figure out how to do (any help would be appreciated!)

See this track layout with Google Maps - Google Earth - milermeter.com
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(Map shown here above can show at the same time all eventual layouts drawn. If you want to see only some of them, please go to Google Maps or Google Earth, by clicking on its own link)


Solitude 1935÷1965

Solitude 1935÷1965

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Solitude 2003

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Location: + 48°46'06", + 9°02'44"
If the aerial photo is not visible, you have to zoom out by clicking (maybe more then once) button ’-’ in top left corner

PHOTOS

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Photos by Crasher, taken on July 2005 (already posted on tbk.fameflame.dk - Motorsport Photos - Solitude Racetrack Part 1 of 2 and here published with author’s permission). Comments by Crasher slighty modified; Italian translation is mine

I went to our great track Solitude near Stuttgart. Unfortunately the power of our camera gave up after "Schattengrund" near Stuttgart-Büsnau. I managed to shot one picture from the last corner, but Mahdental (Mahden valley) is completely missed. Frauenkreuz and Dreispitz are no longer existing today, I hardly searched for them, might have to go trough the forest. On official website (Rennstrecken section) there are some historical pics taken in the same position of the following ones.

Photos by Crasher - July 2005
Click on thumbnail to open original large photo

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The Tower ("Zeitnehmerhaus") and Start/Finish. In the past, in the background there was the paddock for the drivers. Today it’s a driving-school course owned by the ADAC (ADAC Verkehrsübungsplatz)The Start and Finish Straight. Where you can see the red old house, there were the pitstalls, today it’s nothing more but a entry for the driving course.A better pic from the pitstallsHedersbachkurve

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From Hedersbachkurve to Elend and HedersbachebeneFrom Hedersbachkurve to Elend and HedersbachebeneHedersbachebeneSchattengrund. The corner which connects Büsnau to Sandwerk and then over Mahdental (Mahden valley) back to Start/Finish

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SchattengrundKrumbachtalkurve: the last corner before Start/Finish and the section after Mahdental  


Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
December 17th 2010     Guido de Carli   Martin Berrang Update Description
November 25th 2010     Guido de Carli   Roelard Smit Update Description
October 6th 2008     Guido de Carli   Roelard Smit Update Description with map
October 3rd 2008     Guido de Carli Guido de Carli Lorenzo Tommasi Update Description with map
August 20th 2005     Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Description with map
August 20th 2005     Guido de Carli   Crasher Update Photos (on this site)
July 25th 2005   1935÷1965 Guido de Carli     Update Photos (link)
January 16th 2005   1935÷1965 Guido de Carli     Update Description without map
November 17th 2003   1935÷1965 Guido de Carli   Uwe Sautter Update Description
September 16th 2002     Guido de Carli     New Description
Not all eventual updates issued in last years are already visible in this list

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