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Racing on the old Spa-Francorchamps circuit was pure road racing … far more spectacular than what you see there today. Only two sections of that track are still more or less unchanged; the section from La Source down to Eau Rouge (along the original pit lane) and several hundred meters after Raidillon. The “Eau Rouge - Raidillon“ section is only a pale reflection of what it used to be.

We still talk about memories of the 1960‘s & 70‘s Spa-Francorchamps at get-togethers with old friends & relatives. … Denis Jenkinson said in the early 70‘s that who wins at Spa-Francorchamps should be declared world champion, independent of the performance at the other races of the season.
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Certainly not.

I completely agree with what Brian Redman says about making such a big deal about today‘s “Eau Rouge“ in Spa-Francorchamps. It has been straightened a lot and the slope (“Raidillon“, which in non-Belgian media is usually falsly regarded as being part of “Eau Rouge“) that follows it has been flattened a lot compared to how it was when the 917‘s were driven there. The “Eau Rouge - Raidillon“ section was incomparably more difficult in those days … yet it was not the most difficult section of the old Spa-Francorchamps circuit for F1 & prototype sports cars. As Brian Redman says, the most difficult was the “Masta Kink“ which the 917‘s approached at speeds higher than any F1 car has ever reached on any race track up to this day (!) … no matter how smooth the track was/is.

That kink was (and still is) part of the country road between Malmedy & Stavelot (with houses, trees, lamp posts & bus stops a few feet away from the road). They approached that kink at ~240 mph. Never have I ever seen anything more spectacular on 4 wheels than the 917‘s approaching and flying through the “Masta Kink“ … almost 50 years ago !

I deem it impossible that any of today‘s F1 drivers would ever dare to do what these people did in those days.
I think, these were all the videos Peter Windsor made re the old Spa circuit https://www.benzworld.org/forums/mer...l#post17330546
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