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1963 Solitude Grand Prix

Grosser Preis der Solitude

Sunday, July 28, 1963
Pole position:
Fastest Lap:
Clark, 3m49.1
1963 season:

From the Motor Sport Archive

A circuit that is made up from normal everyday roads, with climbs that bring an ordinary saloon down to 2nd gear, descents that make normal people apply the brakes, an 160 m.p.h. straight, corners from 30 m.p.h. to 130 m.p.h. and a length of 11.417 kilometres, all in a glorious wooded valley, is one that deserves a visit no matter what the type of racing is that is being held.

Such a circuit is Solitude, named after the castle on top of the hill overlooking the valley in which the circuit lies. A Formula One race on such a circuit is motor racing at its best, and with supporting races for Formula Junior and G.T. cars, the 220,000 people who turned up to watch on race day had plenty to keep them interested. The first time I experienced the atmosphere of the Solitude races was in 1950, as a motorcycle competitor, and that year there were 300,000 spectators; in 1954 the total rose to 435,000, there always being a bigger crowd when a combined car and motorcycle meeting was held.

Over the years the circuit has been improved steadily, and this year a new tarmac paddock for the Grand Prix cars was built behind the pits, the entrances to the main paddocks were improved, a fine new road built between the Autobahn and the circuit and many smaller improvements were made, all of which, added to a very efficient and friendly organisation by the A.D.A.C. made the Solitude meeting a very pleasant one, especially as summer came to Southern Germany at long last, with blue skies and warm sunshine.