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BEL - BELGIUM
NIVELLES
SORRY, SOME DATA ARE NOT TRANSLATED YET
Description This circuit, with Zolder, has replaced old Spa in 1970s because the latter was too dangerous. Inaugurated in 1972, it was considered a modern and safe circuit, but there were also unfavourable opinions. A journalist of an English magazine (Autosport?) said that the last corner was too narrow and main straight too long. He noticed that the wide safety area between the track and armco (9 m wide) is dusty with good weather or muddy in case of rain; besides it obstruct spectators’ view. It should have hosted Belgium GP by alternating with Zolder: after two editions in 1972 and 1974, in 1976 it had to give up for economical problems. In the same year it was sold and new owners tried to present it again by promoting it also in near countries and by making a motocross course, an autocross course, a golf course, a kart track and facilities. I think it hosted Kart world championship in 1980 and I think it was its last race. Neverthless because of some legal problems the track was closed for good
Location Baulers - Nivelles / Nijvel - Brabant wallon / Waals-Brabant - Wallonie / Wallonië
Location 30 km - 19 mi South of Bruxelles
Latitude - Longitude + 50°37'13"     + 4°19'44"
50.620278     4.328889
UTM Coordinates X = 594005.022  -  Y = 5608442.46  -  Zone 31U
Aerial photo / Map (*)  Google Maps  -    Bing Maps  -    Flash Earth
Altitude AMSL 138 m - 453 ft
Inauguration 1970
Closing 1981
Designer Hugenholtz
Johannes Bernhardus Theodorus "Hans" Hugenholtz
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) English
(2) English
(3) English ForumForum --> Europe --> Benelux --> Suzuka [ITA ENG]
(4) Dutch users.pandora.be/zwiss/nivellesPhotos
(5) English Dutch www.circuitsofthepast.nlCircuit of the Past
(6) English www.circuitsofthepast.nl/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=13Circuits of the past - English forum --> Circuits --> Nivelles-Baulers
(7) Italian Conoscere la Formula 1 1 (page 248)Published by: Rizzoli Editore - year: 1984
(8) Italian Autosprint 8/1969 (page 25)Inaugurato nel 1970 un circuito - gioiello
(9) Italian Autosprint 17/1972 (page 8)Non piace agli inglesi, problemi di fango e polvere
(10) Italian Autosprint 42/1973 (page 29)Una chicane per la gara Turismo gr.2 (senza mappa)
(11) Italian Autosprint 10/1974 (page 34)Fallita la società, a rischio il GP Belgio?
(12) Italian Autosprint 33/1975 (page 26)Circuito riaperto
(13) Italian Autosprint 6/1977 (page 43)Cambio gestione
(14) Italian Autosprint 28/1977 (page 51)In vendita in settembre
(15) Italian Autosprint 38/1977 (page 46)Circuito in vendita
(16) Italian Autosprint 45/1977 (page 60)Chiesto il GP Belgio 1978: è solo un trucco?
(17) Italian Autosprint 49/1979 (page 68)Ormai definita la chiusura
(18) Italian Rombo 34/1981 (page 78)Liti legali, circuito ormai chiuso
(19) Italian Autosprint 27/1982 (page 18)
(20) Dutch www.rtl.nl (...)Video interview with Hans Hugenhotz jr. about his father’s job. At minute 3.52 original Nivelles proposal is shown [Publishing date: October 9th 2009]

(*) 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.

Nivelles
Original proposal
Description Original proposal, much longer than the one built later. The land where extension should have been built was never purchased
Years  
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page June 3rd 2011
Info last update  
Designer Hugenholtz
Johannes Bernhardus Theodorus "Hans" Hugenholtz
Distinctive points  
length 5964  m 19566  ft 3.706  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (1)

Nivelles
Long circuit
Description  
Years  
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1970
Closing 1979
Last update of this page June 3rd 2011
Info last update  
Designer Hugenholtz
Johannes Bernhardus Theodorus "Hans" Hugenholtz
Distinctive points  
length 3724  m 12218  ft 2.314  mi   (7)
length 3711  m 12174  ft 2.306  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (1)

Nivelles
Short circuit
Description  
Years  
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1970
Closing 1979
Last update of this page November 7th 2003
Info last update  
Designer Hugenholtz
Johannes Bernhardus Theodorus "Hans" Hugenholtz
Distinctive points  
length 2298  m 7539  ft 1.428  mi   (7)
length 2330  m 7643  ft 1.448  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (1)

Nivelles
Description  
Years  
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Kart track
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page November 7th 2003
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  

Nivelles

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Nivelles: 1970 original proposal

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Nivelles: Long course

Nivelles: Long course

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Short course

Short course

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Latitude - Longitude: + 50°37'13", + 4°19'44"
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Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
June 3rd 2011     Guido de Carli   Roelard Smit Update Description
June 1st 2011     Guido de Carli Roelard Smit Roelard Smit Update Description with map
November 7th 2009     Guido de Carli   Roelard Smit Update Description
September 21st 2005     Guido de Carli     Update Description
April 25th 2005     Guido de Carli     Update Description
March 25th 2005     Guido de Carli     Update Description
September 21st 2004     Guido de Carli     Update Description
June 10th 2004     Guido de Carli     Update Photos (link)
November 7th 2003     Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Description with map
September 17th 2003     Guido de Carli     New Description
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