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 and Donington Park, 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.
List of race circuits featuring a Dunlop Bridge
Italics indicate that the bridge is no longer within the circuit.
|Circuit de la Sarthe||Dunlop Curve||Le Mans, Sarthe, France||1932||[nb 1]|
|Suzuka Circuit||Turn 7||Suzuka, Mie, Japan||1960s||1987|
|Surfers Paradise Raceway||Turn 1||Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia||1966||1987|
|Donington Park||Starkey's Straight||Leicestershire, United Kingdom||1977||2009||[nb 2]|
|Mount Panorama Circuit||Exit of The Chase||Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia||1982||[nb 3]|
|Sandown Raceway||Turn 9||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia||1989||[nb 4]|
|Tsukuba Circuit||Midfield||Shimotsuma, Ibaraki Japan|
|Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca||Turn 3||Monterey, California, United States|
|Mantorp Park||Mantorp, Östergötland, Sweden|
|Circuit Paul Armagnac||Nogaro, Midi-Pyrénées, France|
|Sportsland SUGO||Home straight||Murata, Miyagi, Japan|
- Relocated to its present location at the between 1986 and 1987 to allow for the insertion of a chicane.
- 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
- Originally known as the JPS Bridge, then the Bridgestone Bridge and the GMAC Bridge, has since been renamed the Armor All Bridge.
- 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.
- Brian Laban Published: 12:01AM BST 16 Jun 2007 Comments (2007-06-16). "The greatest race". Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-09-14.
- "Iconic Dunlop Bridge dismantled at Donington | Planet F1 | Formula One News". Planet F1. 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2010-09-14.
- "Chris Evans bought Donington Park's Dunlop bridge 'by accident'". BBC News. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
Red Bull, who also have a distinctive footbridge at race events.
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