Ah you posted the same link to grand prix twice by accident. I assume you meant to post this one: https://www.youtube....h?v=fhLb5UWI4p4
Crikey it is very zoomed in, it makes me dizzy! Though if you wait, it gets better when they get to the camera mounted on the front of the car.
It's funny to see the changes in just a few years - armco added to the exist of parabilica instead of just the mounds etc
In fact before the von trips / clark incident, the grassy mound extended all the way around parabolica and there was no sand / gravel trap (not sure which it was in those days).
It is amazing the difference all these little changes make to the feel of a circuit. That is why things like the mexico and zandvoort 65 - 69 historical updates are so interesting.
But guys: compared to modern race tracks. What a difference! These were real race tracks.....
Well, it is actually quite wrong, as Ginetto said.
Here is an aerial from 1988:
(i posted about it in this topic, starting here http://srmz.net/inde...=20#entry120942 but sadly the images i uploaded to postimg seem to have gone. Looks like i'll be using imgur now unless anyone knows any better alternatives).
Although the picture is from 88, curva grande and the lesmos are still unchanged (apart from the run-off etc obviously) and della roggia gives an idea of how it would have been as the chicane hasn't been moved yet - I imagine it would have kinked left following the line of trees. Vialone is harder to map.
Anyway if you overlay the papyrus layout, you will see it doesn't match up to this. (Of course aerial photos themselves and everything have distortions but...)
But i do agree with you a lot about old tracks being vastly superior - especially pre 1970 or so, when the changes really started to come into force. Pre 80 at a push.
Bike racing stayed with great circuits for much longer than cars, and of course circuits that were only run in national or club championships were saved until much later - 80s or 90s was when they tended to be ruined.
And that's forgetting that the most interesting circuits of all were the road circuits themselves!
When was it that italy outlawed road racing? I have a feeling it was after le mans 55 but then maybe that was only for cars as I know bikes did non-championship road racing events. Maybe it was just they started to wind it down then? Or were there other incidents that caused the ban?
Sadly there were never really road races in england as far as i know, but on the plus side, at least the national circuits are still quite interesting if you ignore the monstrosities of modern silverstone and snetterton.
Anyway it's not people here you need to convince about old circuits - try telling them over a race department where all they care about is modern f1 and gt3. They were actually surprised when reiza's imola 72 turned out to be the best layout of the versions reiza released.
Edited by one2fwee, Apr 04 2019 - 01:14 AM.