GER - GERMANY
OPEL RENNBAHN
Description Oval track used both by Opel for testing its cars and for races, the latter until 1930s. After Second World War, the track was used until 1949 by US Army as testing facilities. After that, it was never used again. In 1960s a section 380 m - 0.236 mi long was demolished for the new L3012 road
Location Rüsselsheim
HE - Hessen - 1949÷1990: BRD
Location Approx 5 km - 3 mi South of Opel factory at Rüsselsheim
Latitude - Longitude + 49°57'54"     + 8°24'59"
49.965     8.416389
UTM Coordinates X = 458144.074  -  Y = 5534902.472  -  Zone 32U
Aerial photo / Map (*) Aerial photo / Map (*) OpenStreetMap  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Google Maps  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Bing Maps  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Flash Earth  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Wikimapia  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) GoYellow.de
Altitude AMSL 95 m - 312 ft
Inauguration October 24th 1920
Closing 1949
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) English ForumForum --> Europe --> German Countries --> GER - Opel Rennbahn: 1st German permanent Racecircuit? [ENG]
(2) English German www.flickr.com/photos (...)Photos
(3) German www.gerold-reichenbach.de (...)
(4) German www.totalopel.com (...)Total Opel --> Opel Owners Club of Ireland --> Total Opel Community --> Opel Community --> Opel Rennbahn --> the lost race track
(5) German https://www.carpixx.ch/100-jahre-opel-rennbahn-eine-fast-vergessene-rennstrecke [Publishing date: October 19th 2020]
(6) English https://www.carpixx.ch/it/100-anni-di-pista-Opel-una-pista-quasi-dimenticata [Publishing date: October 19th 2020]

(*) 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.

Opel Rennbahn

Opel Proving Ground
Description  
Years 1920÷1949
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Oval course
Inauguration October 24th 1920
Closing 1949
Last update of this page November 13th 2020
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 1500  m 4921  ft 0.932  mi   (3)
Width 12  m 39  ft      (3)
Max. banking (bends) 32  ° 62.5  %        (3)
Total area 15.34  hectares 153400  m² 37.906  acres   (3)





PHOTOS

Thanks to Andreas Vongries who sent me these photos

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Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
November 12th 2020   1920÷1949 Guido de Carli     Update Description
September 8th 2011   1920÷1949 Guido de Carli   David Griac (jpm) Update Description
March 16th 2009   1920÷1949 Guido de Carli   Andreas W.Vongries New Photos (on this site)
March 16th 2009   1920÷1949 Guido de Carli   Roelard Smit New Description without map
Not all eventual updates issued in last years are already visible in this list
 
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