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Built in 1958 around the sides of an extinct volcano, the originally 8.055 km (5.005-mi) long Charade was described as an even twistier and faster version of the Nürburgring. Some drivers like Jochen Rindt in the 1969 French Grand Prix complained of motion sickness, and wore open face helmets, just in case. But 1970 was no better- Rindt was hit in the face by a rock, something that the circuit was usually littered with, and often caused punctures on the track.
The French Grand Prix motorcycle racing events were held at Charade from 1959 to 1967, and 1972 to 1974.
In 1964, the VI Trophée d'Auvergne Formula 2 race podium was a sign of things to come: Denny Hulme, Jackie Stewart and Jochen Rindt showed their skill before the track hosted the 1965 French Grand Prix.
In 1966, John Frankenheimer made the film Grand Prix in front of 3000 locals who posed as race spectators watching actors like Yves Montand and Françoise Hardy.
In total four Formula One French Grands Prix were held at Charade: 1965, 1969, 1970 and 1972. Due to drivers cutting corners, a stone thrown from Emerson Fittipaldi's Lotus hit Helmut Marko in the eye during the 1972 French Grand Prix, ending his F1 career, as well as the one of the circuit. The stones also had caused ten deflated tyres, but luckily no big crashes. The French Grand Prix moved back to the new Paul Ricard Circuit, where the French Grand Prix was held in 1971.
0riginals ∗ Bathurst Mt Panorama ∗ Buenos Aires 1954 ∗ Buenos Aires No.1 ∗ Buenos Aires No.15 ∗ Buenos Aires No.2 ∗ Clermont Ferrand 1965 ∗ Crystal Palace ∗ Dessauer Rennstrecke ∗ Donington Park 2002 ∗ Falkenberg 2002 ∗ Goodwood ∗ Halle-Saale-Schleife ∗ Hockenheim 1932 ∗ Hockenheim 1967 ∗ Interlagos 1973 ∗ Jarama 1968 ∗ Laguna Seca 1967 ∗ Leipzig ∗ Lime Rock Mountain ∗ Lime Rock Park ∗ Lingotto ∗ Milano ∗ Milwaukee Dirt ∗ Montlhery 1966 ∗ Nepliget 1936 ∗ Parco Sempione ∗ Pau 1967 ∗ Pebble Beach ∗ Pic du Midi ∗ Porto 1958 ∗ Reims ∗ Snetterton 1967 ∗ Solitude ∗ Syracuse ∗ Varosliget ∗ Wiesbaden ∗ Zeltweg Flugplatz ∗