Dunlop Bridge

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The Dunlop Bridge is a landmark advertising footbridge. There are several of them, situated at a number of different motor racing circuits around the world. The oldest surviving example of this bridge is at the Circuit de la Sarthe, home of the famous Le Mans 24 hours race, in France

The bridge is regarded as one of the most recognisable features at a motorsport venue, particularly the Circuit de la Sarthe[1] and Donington Park.,[2] although the latter was removed during renovations for the failed attempt to stage the 2010 British F1 Grand Prix, and due to new racing safety regulations, cannot be restored.

DJ Chris Evans accidentally bought the bridge while visiting a racing memorabilia auction in September 2012.[3]

List of race circuits featuring a Dunlop Bridge[edit]

Italics indicate that the bridge is no longer within the circuit.

Photo Venue Section Locale Installed Dismantled Source Notes
Le Mans Esses.jpg Circuit de la Sarthe Dunlop Curve Le Mans, Sarthe, France 1932 [nb 1][4]
Suzuka Circuit Turn 7 Suzuka, Mie, Japan 1960s 1987
Surfers Paradise Raceway Turn 1 Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia 1966 1987
DunlopBridge.JPG Donington Park Starkey's Straight Leicestershire, United Kingdom 1977 2009 [nb 2][5]
Mount Panorama Circuit Exit of The Chase Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia 1982 [6][nb 3][7]
Sandown Raceway Turn 9 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1989 [nb 4]
Tsukuba Circuit Midfield Shimotsuma, Ibaraki Japan
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Turn 3 Monterey, California, USA
Mantorp Park Mantorp, Östergötland, Sweden
Circuit Paul Armagnac Nogaro, Midi-Pyrénées, France
Sportsland SUGO Dunlop Bridge 2012.jpg Sportsland SUGO Home straight Murata, Miyagi, Japan

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Relocated to its present location at the between 1986 and 1987 to allow for the insertion of a chicane.
  2. ^ Originally dismantled to allow a proposed 200mph straight to be created, since work fell through due to financial reasons, the bridge is currently in a dismantled state
  3. ^ Originally known as the JPS Bridge, then the Bridgestone Bridge and the GMAC Bridge, has since been renamed the Armor All Bridge.
  4. ^ Sandown Raceway originally had a Dunlop Bridge from 1964-1984 located at the Turn 9 causeway. The base of the old bridge was not protected by barriers and was the site of many high speed crashes and was removed on safety grounds during circuit re-configuration in mid-1984. Sandown's current bridge was originally the Dunlop Bridge which stood at the Surfers Paradise Raceway from 1966 until the circuit closed in 1987. This bridge has been since been modified and renamed the Jim Beam Bridge.

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