A photo tour around the 28.4 Km. long version of the first circuit of Assen, which was not really in Assen, where the first ever Dutch TT was held in 1925. By Herman Liesemeijer.

The forerunner of TT Circuit Assen

Dutch TT 1925 - Start/Finish site today
Here at the Grolloërstraat in Rolde was the Start/Finish of the first ever Dutch TT.Dutch TT 1925 - First corner in 1925
The firs corner was also the first angle of the triangular race track. Above in 1925, below the current situation.
Dutch TT 1925 - First corner now
Dutch TT 1925 - First corner
Dutch TT 1925 - Country road
Dutch TT 1925 - Country road
Leaving Rolde we enter this nice little country road…
Dutch TT 1925 - Country road
But than a fence is blocking the road!
Dutch TT 1925 - N33
It’s the new highway N33 that takes a bite from the first Dutch TT circuit.

Dutch TT 1925
After a detour we contunue the 1925 Dutch TT circuit.

Dutch TT 1925
In 1925 this was an S-corner…
Dutch TT 1925
Today it’s a junction. The 1925 course was where now the cycle path is.

Dutch TT 1925 - Site of the narrow bridge
A remarkable point at the circuit was a very narrow bridge which is now replaced by a modern one. The motocycles had to pass here one by one!

Dutch TT 1925
At 2/3rd of the leg Rolde Borger was a series of fast kinks which is well recognizable today.

Dutch TT 1925
Dutch TT 1925 - Borger
Close to Borger we turn right. This was the second angle of the track.

Dutch TT 1925 - Dissapeared road
In front was the old road to Schoonloo…

Dutch TT 1925 - Dissapeared road
That road was in the middle of this meadow!

Dutch TT 1925 - Dissapeared road
Somewhere here it conected to the current road to Schoonloo.

Dutch TT 1925 - Intersection Westdorp
Halfway the leg Borger Schoonloo was the intersection at Westdorp. In 1925 this was a real corner, but now it’s rounded for traffic-technical reasons.

Dutch TT 1925
The long sweeping corner just before we’re reaching Schoonloo is still there.

Dutch TT 1925 - Schoonloo
Dutch TT 1925 - Schoonloo
In Schoonloo we turn right at the third angle of the track.

Dutch TT 1925 - Schoonloo
Accelerating towards Grolloo, 1.8 Miles further…

Dutch TT 1925 - Grolloo
Here they changed the road to lead the traffic around the village of Grolloo. In 1925 the road was on the left side, where now the cornfield is.

Dutch TT 1925 - Grolloo
The site of the red white fence is where the original road was. After this corner we will continue the original course of 1925.

Dutch TT 1925 - Grolloo
Dutch TT 1925 - Grolloo
Dutch TT 1925 - Grolloo
If you think away the van it looks like time have stood still here.

Dutch TT 1925 - Grolloo
The right hand corner leads to the new road, in 1925 they go straight to the narrow road in front.

Dutch TT 1925 - Grolloo
Looks like 1925…

Dutch TT 1925 - Grolloo
But not for long, because classic has made place for modern from here…

Dutch TT 1925 - Grolloo
After the fence the modern road continues.

Dutch TT 1925 - Grolloo to Rolde
Modernism all around complete with roundabouts. The fly over in front is from the road N33 which we have crossed before at the beginning of our lap.

Dutch TT 1925 - Rolde Dutch TT 1925 - Rolde
And than we’re back in Rolde where we started our lap.

© Text & pictures: Herman Liesemeijer

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