A photo tour around the Pedralbes Circuit, a former Formula One street circuit in Barcelona. The photos are made by Herman Liesemeijer in the summer of 2008. It shows the current look of the classic street circuit.

Pedralbes Circuit Barcelona MapThe layout of the Pedralbes Circuit.

Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaWe start our lap on the Pedralbes Circuit at the Avinguda Diagonal, at the site where the Formula 1 races where started and finished. In the 1950s it was named Avenida del Generalisimo Franco, after dictator Francsco Franco. Actually, this section was not a part of the original lay out from 1946, but was added to the track in 1950 for the Formula 1. The old Start/Finish line was at another part of the 2 km (1.24 Miles) long straight.

Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaThis intersection was the last corner of the pre 1950 version of the Pedralbes Circuit, when the straight was only 1,3 km (0.8125 Mile) long.

Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaHere we pass the Palau Reial de Pedralbes. Probably here was the original Start/Finish line.

Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaFrom here the straight is climbing slightly.

Pedralbes Circuit Barcelona Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaAt the end of the 2 km ( 1.25 Mile) long straight we approach the first corner.

Pedralbes Circuit Barcelona Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaHere was the breaking zone for the first corner…

Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaThe first corner used to be here, at the site of the overpass.

Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaAfter the first corner accelerating on the Avinguda d’Esplugues, then called Carretera de Cornella a Focas de Tordera.

Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaA sign warns for speed traps now! We need to keep right to enter the the original road.

Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaPedralbes Circuit BarcelonaThe first kink of the sweeping section starts now with a roundabout.

Pedralbes Circuit Barcelona Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaThe flat out kink was followed by a short straight.

Pedralbes Circuit Barcelona Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaThis was the first corner of the most technical section of the Pedralbes Circuit.

Pedralbes Circuit Barcelona Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaPedralbes Circuit BarcelonaPedralbes Circuit Barcelona Pedralbes Circuit Barcelona Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaAfter this long corner another long straight…

Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaThe Avenida de la Victoria, now the Avinguda de Pedralbes.

Pedralbes Circuit Barcelona Pedralbes Circuit Barcelona Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaFrom here the Pedralbes Circuit was descending slightly.

Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaIf you say Barcelona you say Gaudí.

Pedralbes Circuit Barcelona Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaAt the pre 1950 version of the Pedralbes Circuit, you had to go straight on at this intersection…

Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaTo enter here the Avenida del Generalisimo Franco…

Pedralbes Circuit Barcelona Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaBut we will follow the 1950 extension and turn left at the intersection…

Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaAnd we are going into the Passeig de Manuel Girona, which still have the same name!

Pedralbes Circuit Barcelona Pedralbes Circuit Barcelona Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaA slight bend in the Passeig de Manuel Girona.

Pedralbes Circuit Barcelona Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaPedralbes Circuit BarcelonaPedralbes Circuit BarcelonaPassing the Finca Miralles from Gaudí.

Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaHard braking for the corner at the end of the Passeig de Manuel Girona…

Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaNow a roundabout!

Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaThen into the Carrer de Numància.

Pedralbes Circuit Barcelona Pedralbes Circuit Barcelona Pedralbes Circuit Barcelona Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaAfter a relatively short straight we turn back to the Start/Finish straight.

Pedralbes Circuit Barcelona Pedralbes Circuit BarcelonaThat was a lap at the Pedralbes Circuit. We’re now back at the point we started.

© Tekst en foto’s: Herman Liesemeijer

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