By ze2000
3 years ago

The abandoned Sitges-Terramar Autodrome

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The Autòdrom Terramar in Catalonia is an important piece of racing history. Today just part of a farm, the circuit was sold many years ago. For over 90 years the weather has taken its toll, but Terramar will always be the first ever race track in Spain.
The Autodrome is a 2 kilometre oval with two steep curves, two box buildings and a grandstand, still there. It was built in 1922 in just 300 days with a fund of 4 million pesetas from Frick Amangue. The grandstand is now empty, bushes grow in the middle of the oval.
Tens of thousands gathered to witness the first race alongside King Alfonso XIII, the first "Gran Premio de España" (Spanish GP) on 28 October 1923. Terramar was the 3rd permanent track to be built in Europe. Terramar was only the third permanent race track in Europe.
Only one GP took place there, won by Albert Divo on a Sunbeam. The organisers couldn't offer an economic reward to the winners and the Circuit was abandoned, only some races from Penya Rhin took place there until the 1930's when the circuit was sold to Edgard de Morawitz. The last recorded race took place in 1950.

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