The full pit complex from the Circuit Reims-Gueux

A piece of history – Circuit Reims-Gueux

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The former Circuit Reims-Gueux …

… is a piece of motor racing history

The full pit complex from the Circuit Reims-Gueux, Reims, France

Sitting on the side of the D27 as you head out of the tiny village of Gueux is the remains of a piece of motor racing history, the Circuit Reims-Gueux.

This wonderful reminder of a bygone era in motor racing is tastefully maintained by Les Amis du Circuit de Gueux

It’s wonderfully accessible.

Just pull over and feel the history of circuit that hosted racing from 1926 – 1972, with the expected interruptions during World War II.

I guess you won’t be alone, there’s more than likely to be another petrol head or two.

Porsches collecting in the pits of the Circuit Reims-Gueux
A view from above the pits, looking west down the pit straight of Circuit Reims-Gueux, Reims, France

If you are lucky there may be some exotic machinery to boot too.

Wander up and down the pit lane, enjoy the period advertisements above the individual pit boxes.

The bright coloured advertising hoardings above the pits of the Circuit Reims-Gueux, Reims, France
The top of the observation deck, above the pits on the Circuit Reims-Gueux.

You can even climb up to the observation box above the pit straight.

A real piece of racing history

Looking down the D27 eastbound it’s not too hard to imagine the likes of Juan Manuel Fangio, Alberto Ascari, Mike Hawthorn, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart & Stirling Moss roaring down the straight. The list of winners at the circuit is truly impressive, this was a premier race track hosting the French GP numerous times.

The main grandstands on the start finish straight of the Circuit Reims-Gueux, Reims, France

Imagine the crowds packed into the grandstands.

All to see their heroes blast down towards Gueux. I can imagine the scenes based on the video footage from back in the day and the great 1966 movie ‘Grand Prix’ (compare the list of winners to some of the uncredited cast, and you’ll see they’re one and the same.)

It was also touching to see the commemorations to those who had lost their lives at the circuit. A stark reminder that motorsport is dangerous and never more so than in this circuit’s heyday.

So how did you find out about it?

Was it studious research of the area? Was it my in-depth knowledge of European race circuits? No, it was a map we picked up at the tourist office, to help us follow the Champagne route. Had I done a little more research I would have driven what I could of the original circuit.

An Audi RS5 convertible sitting in the pits of the circuit Reims-Gueux, Reims, France
The view east along the D27 with the Audi RS5 convertible in pit lane of the Circuit Reims-Gueux

However, it was just a stop & go.

Until next time, and keep up the good work ‘Les Amis du Circuit de Gueux

A black & white stencil of a racing car from the circuit Reims-Gueux

Inspired to visit the Circuit Reims-Gueux?

It’s only just over 5 miles from the centre of Reims and it is so accessable.

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Gary

Gary, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born and raised in London. An IT guy who likes to takes snaps. Along with Janis his partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, over a Sherry in Seville, they decided that enough was enough with suits. The decision was made to take their knowledge and experience to create a blog to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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