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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

London Proposed Grand Prix Circuit (1969) designed by John Nichols Royal Institute British Architects

London
Proposed Grand Prix Circuit (1969) (Won the Autosport around the houses design)

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Length 5.000 Miles // 8.046 kms
Direction Clockwise
original url - http://theracingline.net/racingcircuits/UnitedKingdom/England/London.html

John Webb., Managing Director of Motor Circuit Developments (Brands Hatch. Snetterton. Mallory park and Oulton Park) - one of the Judges commented

"Ideally today you need to have the cars passing each member of the public every 90 seconds or so, but as a drivers circuit it is superb: the use of Hyde Park Corner and the underpass was particularly ingenious."
 

1982 - John Nichols' design for the LONDON GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT was adopted by a group of businessmen that planned to hold this event. They had commissioned 6 leading firms of Architects to come up with a solution and after viewing these had decided to use the project designed for the Autosport Competition in 1968/69 with some minor modifications. (Autosport dated 1st April 1982)
 

'The logical place to start is with a description of the circuit itself, which anyone who knows central London will find mind-boggling. At five miles long, a single lap will take around three minutes, and the average speed is expected to be something like 110 mph. Although there are some frighteningly quick sections on the circuit, the slow, twisting sequences of corners through Trafalagar Square and Hyde Park Corner will keep the lap speed below most contemporary standards, and on a par with the street circuits at Long Beach and Detroit. Most Circuit Promoters would say that a three minute interval when viewing the leading cars is too long, but it is felt that the difficulty of providing enough good vantage points for a crowd expected to number 200,000 demands a track of this length.
 

The Circuit designed by Mr. John Nichols of Lambourn. Berkshire., offers, therefore, the attraction of open stretches through Hyde Park where large numbers of people can be accommodated, as well as ample provision for a pits and paddock area in The Mall and for grandstand seating in Trafalgar Square. Mr. Nichols is flattered indeed that his proposal has been adopted, but tenders to six noted architects in London produced nothing better: Mr. Nichols plan, with a few minor revisions, is the best solution to the logistical problems of holding a Grand Prix in the centre of a large city.
 

A lap of the track will start in The Mall, where there is sufficient width of road already exists for a half-mile start/straight with pits located in the open space on the north side of Carlton Gardens. From there the cars will pass through the roundabout in front of Buckingham Palace before heading up Constitution Hill to Hyde Park Corner, briefly up Park Lane and then into Hyde Park. Here the road will need to be widened considerably all the way past the Serpentine as far as the bridge after a 90 degree left-hander, which then leads along a straight through a lef-hand kink, to Queen's Gate Corner. The circuit then continues along Kensington Road, through the underpass beneath Hyde Park Corner and up Picadilly as far as the Eros Chicane, which follows the normal route for traffic around Piccadilly Circus. After passing down Haymarket the cars then loop most of the way around Trafalgar Square before rejoining the main street underneath the treacherously narrow Admiralty Arch, which leads directly to the start/finish.
 
An obvious problem was that the track will run virtually through Buckingham Palace's front garden!  the Royal Family have proved, however, very amenable to the plan, their only worry being that the time-honoured tradition of the Changing of the Guards will have to be broken for four days, a situation without precedent. "I think that it highly unlikely that the Royal Family will stay in residence while the Grand Prix is on," said a Buckingham Place spokesman late friday, " but obviously the palace will provide a marvelous vantage point for the staff and guests who stay."



I designed a circuit at Coate Water Swindon whilst employed as a senior planning officer there 

I designed a circuit in the "Agua Park" area of Torremolinos prior to Jerez and a year before Fuengirola´s street circuit project


I did a proposal for March Engineering for a circuit near Antequera in Southern Spain

I have designed another circuit in Southern Spain for which I am seeking an investor(s)
This would suit a winner of the Euromilliones. By investing in an American REIT 150,000,000
pounds the dividend over two or three years would cover the cost leaving their capital intact
and at the same time to be owner of a first class motor racing circuit. I have two or three
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2 comments:

  1. OK maybe I am biased but maybe Redbull would like to do a presentation with Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber as an alternative to the Santander version with Hamilton and Button so that fair comparison could be made between the 2 designs for a London Grand Prix

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    1. it was interesting watching the Womens Olympic London Triathlon Course yesterday as part of the course was the same as my London Grand Prix Circuit proposal of 1969 - see http://bit.ly/NUOmms

      SERPENTINE ROAD & CONSTITUTION HILL - the section to Queen Anne´s Gate used
      My design called for the use of KENSINGTON ROAD to Hyde Park Corner whereas this course used SOUTH CARRIAGE DRIVE.

      I think it proved the point that my solution could be better than "Bernie" Ecclestone´s recent proposal in that this part of my circuit would be ideal for coping with the spectators of a London Grand Prix and if you remember the judges of the competition said that mine proposal could cope with an expected 200,000 crowd

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