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Classic Racing School : A New Path To Vintage Single-Seaters

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Young French entrepreneur, Julien Chaffard, has created the only full-service curriculum for open-wheel racing enthusiasts looking to connect with the past as they build and hone their talents in vintage machines. 

Located just a few miles from Clermont-Ferrand, the birthplace of Michelin, the school hosts its events at the nearby Circuit de Charade. Fans of Formula 1 history will be familiar with this legendary racetrack that was part of the championship calendar on and off between 1965 and 1972, when the likes of Jackie Stewart, Jim Clark, and Jochen Rindt found victory there. Carved into the mountains around an extinct volcano, the course features striking elevation changes that once prompted Sir Stirling Moss to claim, “I don't know a more wonderful track than Charade." Not many endorsements go further than that.

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Strange I found this a day or two ago…Charade 59

Fabulous film  quality,although  perhaps too revealing of the dangers of motor sport in the era , though with the Ivor Bueb crash and to later prove, fatal injuries. 



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21 hours ago, iain said:

Strange I found this a day or two ago…Charade 59

Great minds . . . ! :D

Fantastic footage Iain, haven't seen that before. Thanks for sharing.

The track itself is somewhat shorter today than it was in '59. As horsepower increased rapidly into the 1970s, the snaking mountain bends became considerably more challenging to navigate, with one mistake sending car and driver over a precipice, or into one of the many trees that surrounded the track. The natural topography prevented any chance of adding run-off areas, and following protests by drivers over safety concerns, the original 8km track was closed in September 1988, before being shortened to a 3.9km the following year.

Stirling Moss, Brabham and Fangio were reunited at the course that year, to drive at its Historic Grand Prix inauguration.




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