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Survival of the fittest
Long Beach, March 27th
At the time of its running it was suspected, but not confirmed, that it was to be the last Formula One race through the streets of Downtown Long Beach. The town itself actually finishes on the dual carriageway of Ocean Boulevard and in previous years one side of this road has been used as the top straight of the circuit and the other side of the dual carriageway, or Dubbel Pad as such roads are called in South Africa, formed the pit lane with temporary pits out in the open air. The circuit dived off the plateau of Downtown Long Beach to the harbour level below, twisted and turned through artificial corners laid out with concrete blocks and joined the concrete dual carriageway of Shoreline Drive. After running up one side to a hairpin it plunged down the other side, originally through a flat-out right-hand bend, but in recent years it went through a large chicane before taking the flat-out bend, thus reducing the maximum speed by about 10-15 m.p.h., down the following straight.