A photo tour at the old Chimay Circuit, made by Herman Liesemeijer. I take you on a lap around the 10.450 km (6.494 Miles) long original street circuit of Chimay in Southern Belgium.

Old Chimay Circuit - Map
Old Chimay Circuit - Start/Finish
We start our lap at old Chimay on the original Start/Finish straight. It was replaced by a new Start/Finish straight in 1985…

Chimay Circuit - "Porte de Mons"
Here the corner called “Porte de Mons”, built in 1985 and leading to the new Start/Finish straight, which also short cut the section through the city of Chimay.

Old Chimay Circuit - Section through city of Chimay
But we follow the old Chimay Circuit, which ran through the city of Chimay!

Old Chimay Circuit - La Bouchere
This section of old Chimay was called La Bouchère.

Old Chimay Circuit - La Bouchere
Hard braking was necessary here because it was the end of a long high speed section.

Old Chimay Circuit - La Bouchere
Exit La Bouchère.

Old Chimay Circuit
A few fast kinkf before we enter the longest straight of old Chimay…

Chimay Circuit - "Ligne droite de Salles" with roundabout
Which is interrupted by a roundabout now!

Old Chimay Circuit - "Ligne droite de Salles"
Pedal to the metal at the “Ligne droite de Salles” (Sales Straight).

Old Chimay Circuit - "Virage Spikins"
After three km (1.8 Miles) full throttle we enter the fast “Virage Spikins” (Spikins Corner), one of the most exciting corners at old Chimay.

Old Chimay Circuit - Exit "Virage Spikins"
After Spikins Corner a right kink. The piece of asphalt on the left is a remain from an additional chicane, built in 1985.

Old Chimay Circuit - Salles
The first of two banked 90° right hand corners just before the village of Salles. These corners are most likely built in 1960.

Old Chimay Circuit - Salles Old Chimay Circuit
Full throttle uphill…

Old Chimay Circuit - Chapelle de l'Arbrisseau
And very close alongside Chapelle de l’Arbrisseau. Even if it is a church, this was one of the most dangerous passages of old Chimay!

Old Chimay Circuit
A few very fast kinks…

Old Chimay Circuit - "Virage Mairesse"
And after one Mile full throttle you had to brake very hard before “Virage Mairesse” (Mairesse Corner). Imagine what would happen if you brake too late for this corner!

Old Chimay Circuit Old Chimay Circuit - Old meets new
Old Chimay meets new Chimay… On the right you see the exit of the new circuit section. The next part of old Chimay is still operational.

Old Chimay Circuit - "Petit Pont"
This section is called “Petit Pont” (Small Bridge).

Old Chimay Circuit - Pilette Chicane
Since 1985 the Pilette Chicane reduce the speed at this point.

Old Chimay Circuit - Pilette Chicane Old Chimay Circuit - "Virage de Beauchamp"
We turn right at “Virage de Beauchamp”, the third angle of the circuit.

Old Chimay Circuit Old Chimay Circuit - Bourgoignie Chicane
Old Chimay Circuit - Bourgoignie Chicane
And again a chicane, Chicane Bourgoignie. Just like the other chicanes introduced in 1985, so not used in the original layout!

Old Chimay Circuit - "Virage Vidal"
Very close alongside the houses, at Virage Vidal!

Old Chimay Circuit
The final kink comes in sight…

Old Chimay Circuit - Start/Finish
Who brings us back at Start/Finish, were our lap at old Chimay ends.


Watch all versions of the Chimay Circuit in these videos.

© Text and pictures: Herman Liesemeijer

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