A photo tour around the 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit in Népliget Park in the Hungarian capital Budapest, made by Herman Liesemeijer in the summer of 2010.

The layout of the 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix CircuitThe layout of the 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit

Népliget Budapest 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit - Start/Finish Vajda Péter utcaHere at the Vajda Péter utca was in 1936 the start of the first ever Hungarian Grand Prix.

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestJust before the intersection we turn right to the closed road.

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestThis was the first one of a long series of corners!

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget Budapest1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestOn the junction we turn right.

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget Budapest1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestLook at the bad condition of the surface! Can you imagine Nuvolari, Rosemeyer and Caracciola competed here for the Hungarian Grand Prix?

Népliget Budapest 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget Budapest1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestOn old maps this part was curved. Probably they straighten it to create space for a new power station (see photo below).

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget Budapest 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestHere we turn left. But the original corner was smoother and located on our right hand.

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestThe new corner seen from the site of the exit of the old corner…

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestFollowed by a curved part which was full throttle.

Népliget Budapest 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix CircuitBut than the radius decreases and the drivers had to brake here!

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestThe exit of the corner is widening again.

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget Budapest 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestNépliget Budapest 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix CircuitLooks like an endless series of corners!

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget Budapest 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget Budapest 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget Budapest 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestBad surface again.

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget Budapest1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget Budapest 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget Budapest On the junction right.

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget Budapest 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestThis part is now closed…

Népliget Budapest 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit - Könyves Kálmán körútHere they cut a small piece out of the track because of the extension of the main road, the Könyves Kálmán körút. In the seventies they followed another route here to stay in the park.

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestAnd here the old track continue!

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestBy the pigeons we turn right.

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestA wide left hand corner again.

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget Budapest 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestIn 1936 they went straight here, but in the seventies they turned left to an additional loop.

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget Budapest 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestOne of the few straights.

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestHere we leave the quiet park.

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget Budapest - PlanetariumPassing the planetarium…

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestThe only part with some elevations.

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestPassing the water tower.

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget Budapest 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget Budapest 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget Budapest 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget Budapest
On the junction we go left. This is the beginning of a very long and fast corner with an increasing radius.

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget Budapest 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestNépliget Budapest 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix CircuitAt the end of the long parabolic corner we enter this junction. In 1936 they turned right, but in the seventies they went left to the new Start/Finish. That made the corner even longer!

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestBecause we following the 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix traject we went right and enter this short straight.

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestWe go straight here. The road on the left was built after 1936.

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestThe final left-hander before the Start/Finish straight.

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget Budapest 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget BudapestAnd here we’re back on the half Mile long straght.

1936 Hungarian Grand Prix Circuit Népliget Budapest - Start/FinishHere was the Start/Finish from 1936 Hungarian Grand Prix, where we started our lap through Népliget Park.

© Text & photos: Herman Liesemeijer

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