All racing enthusiasts have their favourite moments from history. Perhaps it was when Juan Manuel Fangio sped to victory on the terrifying Nürburgring circuit in 1957, or Damon Hill and Ralf Schumacher’s nail-biting head-to-head finish in the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix, which culminated in Hill’s final victory on the circuit.
How many fans have ever thought of using these moments as the basis for a unique and memorable holiday? You can relive some of your favourite racing memories with a tour of Europe’s best-known racetracks. Whether you choose to stay in Nürburgring, just south of Cologne in Germany, or head out into the Belgian Ardennes to Spa Francochamps, these racetracks are extremely open to visitors.
Spending the night next to one of the world’s most legendary racetracks, the Grand Prix circuit Nürburgring near Nürburg in Germany, is now possible, as there is a holiday park located not far from the track itself. Much of the old 1920s track, considered to be among the most dangerous race tracks in the world and dubbed “The Green Hell” by Formula One racing driver Jackie Stewart, was rebuilt in the early 80s to meet modern safety standards.
Le Mans, France
One of the most famous car races in the world is France’s gruelling 24 Hours of Le Mans. The legendary racetrack itself stretches north from the city of the same name, just 55 minutes from Paris by train. Close to the track is the Musee de l’Automobile, a great museum worth visiting for car enthusiasts, with many original cars on display, some dating back to 1885.
Stunningly situated along the rocky coast of the affluent French Riviera, the Monaco Grand Prix does not actually take place on a racetrack, but across the streets and harbour area of Monte Carlo and neighbouring La Condamine. Over the race weekend, this impressive circuit is opened to visitors every night for them to walk around and see the tight corners and steep hills for themselves.
Spa Francorchamps, Belgium
During the racing period from mid-March to mid-November, this world famous Formula One racetrack offers guided tours for tourists, where they can relive the many great racing moments from this hilly track in Belgium’s Ardennes region that has been providing thrills since its opening in the 1920s.
This circuit is crucial to the early years of Max Mosley’s bio, as it was the track where Max Mosley finished eighth – his best result during his racing career. The Autodroma Nazionalie di Monza, to give it its full name, is located in the northern part of the Parco di Monza, not far from Milan, and it is possible to visit the track (even on non-race days) for a fairly modest fee. The small park train will even take you to the gate.
Visiting some of Europe’s best-known racetracks enables visitors to relive some of the greatest moments in motorsports history, seeing those terrifying bends and inclines up close for themselves. These circuits also have the added benefit of being located in some of Europe’s most beautiful countryside, allowing for a holiday that should have something to offer other family members, too.