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ALESSANDRIA (BORDINO)
Not to be confused with Alessandria (1939÷1940) - Alessandria (Borsalino)
Description  
Location Alessandria
AL - Alessandria - Piemonte
Location  
Latitude - Longitude (approx) + 44°55'44"     + 8°37'25"     (approx)
44.928889     0.623611     (approx)
UTM Coordinates (approx) X = 312472.455  -  Y = 4977798.185  -  Zone 31T     (approx)
Aerial photo / Map (*) Aerial photo / Map (*) Google Maps  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Bing Maps  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Flash Earth  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Portale Cartografico Nazionale  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Visual Pagine Gialle
Altitude AMSL (approx) 100 m - 328 ft    (approx)
Inauguration  
Closing  
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) Italian archivio di Andrea
(2) Italian Il diavolo rosso corre ancora... Author: Pino Fondi - Published in: Palermo - year: 1983
(Thanks to Claudio Santacroce)
(3) English forums.autosport.com (...)Autosport.com Bulletin Board --> The Nostalgia Forum --> When did Pietro Bordino die?
(4) Italian www.baconinborzacchini.it/calessandria.htmMap
(5) Italian www.inalessandria.it/colonna_sx/notizie/a_bianca/maggio/b_0405_motociclismo_storico.asp2001 Parade
(6) English www.kolumbus.fi/leif.snellman/t3.htmThe Golden Era of Grand Prix Racing
(7) Italian www.tazionuvolari.it/corse3it.htmTazio Nuvolari’s official website
(8) Italian www.tazionuvolari.it/corse4it.htmTazio Nuvolari’s official website
(9) Italian La Stampa 99/1931 (page 7) [Publishing date: April 26th 1931]

(*) 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 di Alessandria "Pietro Bordino"
Description Street track used from 1924 to 1930; then it was replaced by 8 km circuit. Maybe starting line was near Cittadella, but I have no evidence about this info.
On April 1928, during "Circuito di Alessandria" practice, the famous local driver Pietro Bordino died because of an accident near San Michele, where shown on my map. Later, this track was named after him. For more info (and a picture) about this accident, see Atlas F.1 - The Nostalgia Forum
Years 1924÷1930
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Road course
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page November 28th 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Cittadella di Alessandria - Valmadonna - Valenza Po - San Salvatore Monferrato - Castelletto Scassoso - San Michele
length 32  km    19.884  mi   (7)

Circuito di Alessandria "Pietro Bordino"
Description In 1939 3 km circuit should had been used.

Main tribune was in Via del Milite Ignoto
Years 1931÷1934, 1936÷1939?, 1947÷1950
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Road course
Inauguration April 26th 1931
Closing  
Last update of this page March 24th 2021
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Spalto Rovereto - Lungo Tanaro Solferino - Via Pavia - Strada Statale Vigevanese - Strada Carlo Forlanini - Viale Milite Ignoto
length 7998  m 26240  ft 4.97  mi   (1)
length 8046  m 26398  ft 5  mi   (1)
length 8000  m 26247  ft 4.971  mi   (8)

Circuito di Alessandria "Pietro Bordino"
Description On May 6th 2001 a historical parade was organized on Spalto Gamondio, but I don’t know circuit layout.
Years 2001
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Historical parade
Inauguration May 6th 2001
Closing May 6th 2001
Last update of this page March 5th 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Spalto Gamondio

Circuito di Alessandria "Pietro Bordino" (1924÷1930)

Circuito di Alessandria "Pietro Bordino" (1924÷1930)


Circuito di Alessandria "Pietro Bordino" (1931÷1950)

Circuito di Alessandria "Pietro Bordino" (1931÷1950)



PHOTOS

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Photos by Guido de Carli - August 10th 2003
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Alessandria football stadium. Start line should have been more or less here.Spalto Rovereto, where start-finish line was. On the left, football stadiumOn the first corner site, now there is this roundabout. The circuit went on in Lungo Tanaro Solferino, under the trees, exactly where there is the yellow spot on thumbnailThe same roundabout, seen from the opposite side. Previous photo was taken in front of the gray house, in the middle of the picture.

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Lungo Tanaro SolferinoCorner at the end of Lungo Tanaro Solferino. Circuits came from the right, it went to the traffic light and then turned right on the bridge. The latter can be seen in the middle of the picture, just in front of the white building.Bridge on river TanaroView from the bridge, in direction of via Pavia: circuits is hidden by trees in background.

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Corner after the bridge, at the beginning of via Pavia.Curve in via Pavia. Circuits went out of the townAnother curve in the countrysideAnother curve, located after houses in background on the previous photo

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Bridge (No. 55) on motorway A21 Turin-Piacenza (km 68); of course in 1930s it doesn’t exist.
I don’t know if present road is in the same place of the old one or if the bridge was built a few meters from the old read.
View from the bridge towards next junctionView from the bridge towards next junction. Surely in 1930s it wasn’t so large; original layout should be one shown in yellow on thumbnailAs previous photo, outside the hairpin

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As previous photo, from the beginning of next straight (of course taken in opposite direction). You can see very well also junction between old road, used by the circuit (and where this photo was taken), and the new one, built later for cross over the motorwayAbandoned section of Strada Carlo Forlanini (Carlo Forlanini’s Road)Motorway where it cuts the old straight. On the left there is new bridge (Motorway A21 - bridge No. 56), in background the second half of abandoned straightStrada Carlo Forlanini, where it joins abandoned straight

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Bridge on river Tanaro. I don’t think it is the same used in 1930s…The original bend (yellow on thumbnail) has been replaced by this big roundabout (red). Circuit went on towards building in the middle of the pictureBack in the town, this is the beginning of Viale Milite Ignoto (Unknown Soldier Viale). Building on the left is the same shown in the middle of the previous photo, so far awayViale Milite Ignoto (Unknown Soldier Viale), in the middle of the straight. Trees on the left are in center of the road, on the left there is another road like this one for traffic coming in opposite direction. I don’t think in 1930s this road as like this, trees don’t look so old, but this is only my idea.

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Viale Milite Ignoto (Unknown Soldier Viale): near its end there is this light right bendJunction between Viale Milite Ignoto (on the right, under trees) and Spalto Rovereto, on the leftSame junction shown on previous photoLast gentle left bend in Spalto Rovereto. In backround stadium lights indicated finish line position

PHOTOS

Photos 9-16 taken on short circuit are more or less in common with long track (attention: here are shown in opposite direction)

Photos by Guido de Carli - August 10th 2003
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Corner at the end of via PaviaCurve in via Pavia. Circuits went in the townAnother curve in the countrysideAnother curve, located after houses in background on photo 11

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Bridge (No. 55) on motorway A21 Turin-Piacenza (km 68); of course in 1930s it doesn’t exist. I don’t know if present road is in the same place of the old one or if the bridge was built a few meters from the old read.View from the bridge towards previous junctionView from the bridge towards previous junction. Surely in 1930s it wasn’t so large; yellow line shows possible layout of short circuitAs photo 15, but outside the hairpin of short course


Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
March 24th 2021 Circuito di Alessandria "Pietro Bordino" 1931÷1934, 1936÷1939?, 1947÷1950 Guido de Carli     Update Description
January 7th 2004 Circuito di Alessandria "Pietro Bordino" 1924÷1930 Guido de Carli     Update Description
November 12th 2003 Circuito di Alessandria "Pietro Bordino" 1924÷1930 Guido de Carli     Update Description
November 10th 2003 Circuito di Alessandria "Pietro Bordino" 1924÷1930 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Description with map
August 13th 2003 Circuito di Alessandria "Pietro Bordino" 1931÷1934, 1936÷1939?, 1947÷1950 Guido de Carli     Update Photos (on this site)
May 26th 2003     Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   New Description with map
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