We were welcomed into the Formula Junior pit area, where we had a wonderful weekend and became official Formula Junior ‘groupies’. Dijon-Prenois is a great-looking circuit, swooping and diving around its 3.8km length with some terrific viewing for spectators.
Magical names like Stavelot, the Masta straight, Bourneville, La Source and Eau Rouge can only mean one racetrack – the famed Spa-Francorchamps facility buried in the Ardennes area of eastern Belgium, and it was to there our home on wheels took us in early June.
Having read endless stories, race reports and gazed at hundreds of photographs over so many years, finally being able to actually see such an iconic racetrack was pretty special.
A huge blue crash helmet greets visitors at the entrance, and it is in the colours of Belgium’s favourite son, Jacky Ickx, who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans six times as well as scoring eight wins and 25 podium finishes in Formula One when he drove for Ferrari and Brabham. He won the Can-Am Championship in 1979 and is also a former winner of the Dakar Rally.
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