An evocative and original look at the history of eight abandoned race circuits in the USA and Europe, and viewed as they are today in stunning new photographs.
Around the world languish a number of long-forgotten raceways; windswept and abandoned, the derelict pit roads and crumbling concrete are all that remain of once great race tracks. From the NASCAR heartland of North Wilkesboro and Middle Georgia to the great European super speedways at Monza and Brooklands, these faded circuits are now monuments to the victories, defeats, triumphs and tragedies once played out before excited crowds.
With roots as diverse as Nationalist Socialism and Prohibition-era bootlegging, the histories of these places offer an insight to different times and attitudes, as well as the evolution of motor racing. Many of the characters who raced on these circuits had a profound impact on their sport; these circuits, which fostered and occasionally destroyed such great drivers, are revisited here – photographed as they are now, but also remembered in their prime by word and picture.
With over 175 images, this a unique and evocative look at some of auto racing’s ghost tracks.
Note that some of these circuits featured in the much acclaimed Autodrome – The lost race circuits of Europe, but in this edition are illustrated by many new photographs.
About the author
SS Collins grew up in south London within sight of the Crystal Palace Race Circuit and, at the age of 16, found himself on a work experience course at Williams F1. He has been heavily involved in the sport ever since, having studied automotive and motorsport engineering.
Collins' first book undertaking was to write a clear and easy-to-use guide to getting started in motorsport (How to Get Started in Motorsport – Veloce), since when, he has written for Motorsport News, Autosport, and Model Collector. He has also written three other Veloce bestsellers: Autodrome – The lost race circuits of Europe, Unraced ... and a homage to where it all began for him in Motor Racing at Crystal Palace – London’s own circuit.
Currently, he is working as Deputy Editor of the world’s leading journal of motorsport technology Racecar Engineering, a position that gives him unique access to the inner workings of international motorsport; he is also a regular on entry lists as he competes in sprints, hillclimbs, races, rallies and trials. In 2008, Collins was appointed Editor of Stockcar Engineering magazine, whist continuing in his role at Racecar Engineering.