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GARDA (SALÒ)
Not to be confused with Garda (Lonato) - Garda (Maguzzano) - Garda (Pietramurata) - Lonato, South Garda
Description Street track used from 1921 to 1927, from 1948 to 1950 and from 1961 to 1966. Layoud used from 1921 to 1927 used old Napoleonic road (still in use today) that go down from Tormini to Salò. In 1935-1936 a new link road was built (still in use today as National Road) between i Tormini and Brolo: this section was used for all edition after the World War II. As regards the latter, I think that only one layout was used and different length are due to rounded data or conversion between km and miles.

Start/Finish position
  • 1921-1926: piazza Fossa (unofficial Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II name), Salò
  • 1927: Cunettone di Salò
  • 1948-1950: on Strada Statale Gardesana (Gardesana National Road), on branch towards Salò (approx. at middle way between Il Brolo and I Tormini)
  • 1961-1966: via Brunati, Salò
Location Salò
BS - Brescia - Lombardia
Location  
Latitude - Longitude + 45°36'11"     + 10°30'55"
45.603056     10.515278
UTM Coordinates X = 618167.393  -  Y = 5051062.426  -  Zone 32T
Aerial photo / Map (*)  Google Maps  -    Bing Maps  -    Flash Earth  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Portale Cartografico Nazionale  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Visual Pagine Gialle
Altitude AMSL  
Inauguration May 22nd 1921
Closing 1966
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) Italian Author: Giancarlo Cavallini - Published by: Negri edizioni - year: 2001
(2) Italian Atlante delle Strade d’Italia, Automobil Club di Milano, Terza Edizione Published by: Automobil Club di Milano - Published in: Milano - year: 1930
(3) Italian mail, note Mail from Giancarlo Cavallini, author of "Circuito del Garda, quindici volte via!" issued by Fondazione Negri
(4) English members.fortunecity.com/quintin_cloud/18941925/1921cdg.htmThe Formula One Homepage of Grand Prix Results and History
(5) English members.fortunecity.com/quintin_cloud/18941925/1922cdg.htmThe Formula One Homepage of Grand Prix Results and History
(6) English members.fortunecity.com/quintin_cloud/19261949/1948gar.htmThe Formula One Homepage of Grand Prix Results and History
(7) English www.formula2.net/F249_18.htmF2 Register
(8) English www.formula2.net/F250_31.htmF2 Register
(9) English www.formula2.net/FJ63_E8.htmF2 Register
(10) Italian English www.negri.it/circgarda.htmFondazione Negri
(11) English www.racingcircuits.netMotor Racing Circuits Database

(*) 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.

Circuito del Garda
Description  
Years 1921, 1924÷1927
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Road course
Inauguration May 22nd 1921
Closing 1927
Last update of this page September 20th 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 12236  m 40144  ft 7.603  mi   (4)
length 4516  m 14816  ft 2.806  mi Partial length: Cunettone - Tormini  
length 3396  m 11142  ft 2.11  mi Partial length: Tormini - Salò (Piazza Fossa)  
length 4324  m 14186  ft 2.687  mi Partial length: Salò (Piazza Fossa) - Cunettone  

Circuito del Garda
Description  
Years 1922÷1923
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Road course
Inauguration October 15th 1922
Closing November 25th 1923
Last update of this page September 20th 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 12360  m 40551  ft 7.68  mi   (5)

Circuito del Garda
Description  
Years 1948
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Road course
Inauguration October 24th 1948
Closing October 24th 1948
Last update of this page April 4th 2006
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 16367  m 53696  ft 10.17  mi   (6)
length 16364  m 53688  ft 10.168  mi    

Circuito del Garda
Description  
Years 1949
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Road course
Inauguration July 10th 1949
Closing July 10th 1949
Last update of this page August 5th 2003
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 16000  m 52493  ft 9.942  mi   (7)

Circuito del Garda
Description  
Years 1950
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Road course
Inauguration October 15th 1950
Closing October 15th 1950
Last update of this page August 5th 2003
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 16373  m 53717  ft 10.174  mi   (8)

Circuito del Garda
Description  
Years 1961÷1966
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Road course
Inauguration 1961
Closing 1966
Last update of this page August 5th 2003
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 16400  m 53806  ft 10.191  mi   (9)

Circuito del Garda 1921÷1927

Circuito del Garda 1921÷1927


Circuito del Garda 1948÷1966

Circuito del Garda 1948÷1966


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Location: + 45°36'11", + 10°30'55"
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PHOTOS

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Photo are listed according to 1961/1966 track layout. In 1920s direction (and so photo description) was reverted.

Photos by Guido de Carli - August 4th 2003
Click on thumbnail to open original large photo

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Salò, Largo Alighieri: 1961/1966 start-finish section. I think that the big building on the left has been built after 1966. Trees in background weren’t so high and they didn’t hide the palace and the tower behind them.
This photo was taken more or less in the same point where David Piper’s photo on Fondazione Negri website.
Start-finish section, seen from the point - on previous photo - marked with a red point; of course it is in contrary directionPalace in background on photo 1. On old photos, it was not hidden by trees.Salò, via Brunati: First straighr, just after palace shown on photo 3.

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Circuit go out from Salò; hairpin is not far awayBrolo hairpinBrolo hairpinBrolo hairpin, seen on contrary direction. It is composed by a junction between a secondary road (left) and a National Road that comes from the right and go behind photgrapher

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As previous photoExit from Brolo hairpin. Williams’ and Facetti’s photo on Fondazione Negri website was taken more or less from here, some meters higherSection between Brolo hairpin and Tormini, seen in opposite directionSection between Brolo hairpin and Tormini. 1948-1950 start/finish line was a little further this point.

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Tormini hairpin. The circuit climb from the left and go on the right, towards white houses. Iron bridge in foreground was used by an abandoned old railway (tram?). Please note also glorious Fiat Uno parked under the bridge: it is not a veteran of this circuit, but as it ran nearly 300,000 km (186,000 mi) I think that it can stay on this photo!Section just after TorminiSalò panorama, taken few meters ahead from where I took phot 14. Red line (only on thumbnail!) shows more or less the circuit.Villa

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Exit from Cunettone. 1927 start/finish line was in this area (I don’t know exact point)Descending from Cunettone to Salò begins.First corner, 90 degrees on the leftStraight just after the first wide Zette hairpin

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Second Zette hairpin. Motorbikes’ and Aymo Maggi’s photos on Fondazione Negri website were taken hereStraight between third and fourth hairpinsForth Zette hairpinForth Zette hairpin, taken from the second one

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Forth Zette hairpinForth Zette hairpin. Dotted black and white edge of the road seems it comes from the past....Exit of forth Zette hairpin.
Please note UFO that is loking at the circuit :-)
Straight after fourth hairpin, in contrary direction

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Last straight before entering in Salò, in contrary directionSalò panorama, taken from where I took phot 29. Red line (only on thumbnail!) shows more or less the circuit.Salò panorama, taken from where I took phot 29. Red line (only on thumbnail!) shows more or less the circuit.Back on lake embankment. On the left (outside the photo) Tavina’s fonte

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Street along lake embankment, coming out from corner in background on previous photoSalòSalò, via Pietro da SalòSalò, Piazza San Bernardino

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Salò, Piazza Fossa or Vittorio Emanuele II. Start/finish line from 1921 to 1926 was hereSalò, Piazza Fossa o Vittorio Emanuele II. Photo on book by Fondazione Negri shows the opposite sideSalò, Largo Alighieri: finish line (see photos 1 and 2) 


Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
June 22nd 2006     Guido de Carli   John Update Description
December 24th 2004     Guido de Carli     Update Description
December 23rd 2004     Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Map
December 21st 2004     Guido de Carli     Update Description
December 17th 2004     Guido de Carli     Update Description
August 5th 2003     Guido de Carli     New Photos (on this site)
August 5th 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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