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Circuit de Reims-Gueux
Ranked #20 of 81 things to do in Reims
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Owner description: Called the Circuit de Reims-Gueux, this old road racing circuit is situated just outside the pretty village of Gueux, to the west of Reims on the Route Touristique de Champagne. The circuit saw it's heyday in the 50's and 60's with both 12 hour endurance races and 14 Formula 1 Grand Prix's. Indeed it's debut in Formula 1 was during the inaugural World Championship year in 1950. In 1954, Jaguar gained a 1,2,3 in the 12 hour race with a maiden victory for the D Type.
Reviewed February 13, 2012

This is a must stop over. Just stop for a few minutes at the side of the road and you can't quite believe you're on an actual race track. The pits and race tower are still there to be seen. A great photo opportunity which costs nothing yet has so much history attributed to it....such as...

First established in 1928 on the public roads between the small French towns of Thillois & Gueux. The circuit had two very long straights between the towns.

The circuit was last used by Formula One in 1966 and closed permanently in 1972.

Famous British winners include Peter Whitehead, Stirling Moss and Graham Hill.

It's free so why wouldn't you

5  Thank TJBrooke
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Reviewed November 29, 2011

It's nice to see when you pass by, a nice memorable moment if you like car racing. But don't travel too far to see it sepcially !

2  Thank Gee_Cat
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Reviewed October 15, 2011

Amazingly, after 12 years of touring the Champagne region, we only recently found out of this old race circuit. Fallen into disrepair after racing ceased at the circuit in the early 70's,a local society are slowly bringing the place back to life. All advertisements have been re-painted giving it a distinctive retro feel. It currently hosts occasional classic car rallies. It is found just outside the village of Gueux (pronounced Gerr), about 10kms west of Reims. Whilst some of the track can still be traced it is really the long start/finish straight that is easily determinable. This has the added bonus of being the main road D27 taking you into the south-east of Gueux, directly off of the Route National N31 from Reims. This is in turn served by the Motorway/Autoroute junction A26/E46.

You will find two grandstands opposite the pit garages that have a three tier enclosed stand that I believe would have been used by officials and the media. There is also a small pavillion at the end of the pit garages.

The track's heyday was in the 50's and 60's when it hosted the French Formula 1 Grand Prix in the inaugural World Championship season of 1950. This was won by none other than Juan Manuel Fangio, who won a total of 4 races at the circuit, racing firstly for Alfa Romeo and then Maserati. All in all, 14 Grand Prix's were hosted at the track. Other winners included Great Britain's Mike Hawthorn, Peter Collins and Tony Brroks, all with Ferrari. Italy's Alberto Ascari was another Ferrari winner in 1952. Jim Clark of Great Britain won in his Lotus in 1963 before the final Formula 1 Grand Prix was held at the in 1966. This was one by Australia's Jack Brabham in his own Brabham car. With so many famous names and cars, it can certainly be said that this track enjoyed the halcyon days of Formula 1.

The track was also used for 12 hour endurance races between 1953 and 1967. Stirling Moss with Peter Whitehead were the inaugural winners for Jaguar, the team managing a famous 1,2,3 in 1954 with their D Type finishing in first and second and a C Type finishing 3rd. Great Britain's Graham Hill and Sweden's Joakim Bonnier were winners in a Ferrari 250 LM in '64 before the final race was won in '67 by the French pair of Jo Schlesser and Guy Ligier in their Ford Mk IIA.

With such great history, it is heartwarming to know this track isn't going to be left to crumble. It is well worth a visit for motor racing fans or anyone interested in a bit of unique modern history.

6  Thank PsychoWarthog
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