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BOIS DE BOULOGNE
Description In 1945 Bois De Boulogne hosted first car racing in Europe after the end of World War Two
Location Bois de Boulogne, Paris
75 - Paris - Île-de-France
Location Approx 1.5 km - 1 mi East of Circuit de Longchamps e del Circuit de Bagatelle
Latitude - Longitude + 48°51'48"     + 2°15'34"
48.863333     2.259444
UTM Coordinates X = 445686.022  -  Y = 5412527.707  -  Zone 31U
Aerial photo / Map (*)  Google Maps  -    Bing Maps  -    Flash Earth  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) GéoPortail
Altitude AMSL 48 m - 157 ft
Inauguration September 9th 1945
Closing October 6th 1946
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) English 8w.forix.com/bdb.htmlHistory of 1945 event
(2) English forums.autosport.com (...)Autosport.com Bulletin Board --> The Nostalgia Forum --> bois de boulogne circuits
(3) English www.milermeter.com/?r=1776790Track layout
(4) English www.silhouet.com/motorsport/archive/f1/nc/1945/45crb.htmlI Coupe Robert Benoist
(5) English www.silhouet.com/motorsport/archive/f1/nc/1946/1946.html#resistI Coupe de la Résistance
(6) English www.silhouet.com/motorsport/archive/f1/nc/1946/1946.html#salon
(7) English www.silhouet.com/motorsport/tracks/boisdeb.htmlThe GEL Motorsport - Tracks Around The World
(8) Italian www.tazionuvolari.it/corse7it.htmTazio Nuvolari’s official 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.

Bois de Boulogne
Description  
Years 1945
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration September 9th 1945
Closing September 9th 1945
Last update of this page April 10th 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Route de Suresnes - Allee des Fortifications (Boulevard Périphérique) - Avenue de Saint-Cloud - Chemin Ceinture du Lac Inférieur
length 2826  m 9272  ft 1.756  mi   (4)
length 2675  m 8775  ft 1.662  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (3)

Bois de Boulogne
Description I know that 1946 tracks had start/finish line in Porte Maillot and they went throigh Porte Dauphine, but according to track length it seems they were two different circuits. I have no more info
Years 1946
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration May 30th 1946
Closing May 30th 1946
Last update of this page April 10th 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Porte Maillot - Porte Dauphine
length 3191  m 10469  ft 1.983  mi   (8)
length 3202  m 10505  ft 1.99  mi   (5)

Bois de Boulogne
Description I know that 1946 tracks had start/finish line in Porte Maillot and they went throigh Porte Dauphine, but according to track length it seems they were two different circuits. I have no more info
Years 1946
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration October 6th 1946
Closing October 6th 1946
Last update of this page April 10th 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Porte Maillot - Porte Dauphine
length 2943  m 9656  ft 1.829  mi   (6)

Bois de Boulogne 1945

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Latitude - Longitude: + 48°51'48", + 2°15'34"
If the aerial photo is not visible, you have to zoom out by clicking (maybe more then once) button ’-’ in top left corner

PHOTOS

Copy of an article by Clyde Berryman about 1945 event, here published with kind permission

Photos by Clyde Berryman -  
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PHOTOS

1945 layout. Photos and description in English are by Clyde Berryman, here published with his authorization. Translation in Italian is by Guido de Carli. Poisition of each photo is shown on Google Maps/Google Earth map (see above)

Photos by Clyde Berryman - 2002
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The Start/Finish line was at this intersection in front of the Pavillon RealRight after the start, the circuit hooked right along the Route de Suresnes. The pits were to the right behind the parked carsJust past the Pits along the Route de SuresnesNow, flat out on the Route de Suresnes

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Approaching the hard-right hairpin at the north end of the circuit. Today the signpost points you down right onto "Le Peripherique". The large building on the right is the Economics Faculty of the University of ParisAt the north hairpin viewed from across the street. Today the car funnel down the ramp onto "Le Peripherique"The terraces of Le Pavillon Dauphine at the northern end of the circuitLe Pavillon Dauphine

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Looking back northward, the eight-lane wide "Le Peripherique" where the cars once came down the Allee des FortificationsA glance to the right from the circuit across the Southern edges of the Pelouse de la MuetteA right curve and onto the Avenue de Saint-CloudThe southern hairpin of the circuit viewed from across the street. The cars would arrive from the right and then proceed northward on the road beyond the parked cars

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A glance to the left from the circuit today, across Lac Inferieur, at le Chalet des IlesThe first right-hand curve along the Ceinture du Lac InférieurComing out from the first right-curve and setting up for the next gentle left curveThrough the left curve and now about to tackle a right along the Ceinture du Lac Inférieur

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Another glance to the left from the circuit, down the grassy lawn towards the Lac InferieurA look back southward across Lac Inferieur from the intersection where the Start/Finish line was situated in front of the Pavillon RealThe memorial to Jean-Pierre Wimille erected on the north side of Port Dauphine 


Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
January 11th 2010   1945 Clyde P. Berryman   Clyde P. Berryman Update Description
January 6th 2010   1945 Guido de Carli   Clyde P. Berryman Update Photos (on this site)
April 10th 2008     Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Description with map
September 2nd 2005     Guido de Carli     Update Description
June 6th 2003   1945 Guido de Carli     Update Description
May 26th 2003     Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   New Description with map
Not all eventual updates issued in last years are already visible in this list

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