Motodrom Gelsenkirchen

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Motodrom Gelsenkirchen

The Motodrom Gelsenkirchen , today often also called Almaring , was a car racing track in the Gelsenkirchen district of Ückendorf .

The racetrack was laid out in 1969 by the Rheinländische Altwagen-Gemeinschaft ( RAG ) (later Rheinländische Autorenn-Gemeinschaft ) under its President Anton Brenner on the fallow site of the former Alma coking plant to host so-called old car races and later auto speedway races. The track, which was initially covered with a gravel surface, was used for both car and motorcycle races. After the track was paved in 1977, only car races took place.

The asphalt track was 750 m long and 7.5 m wide and, unlike most speedway tracks, was not a pure oval. At the beginning of the 1980s, an average of 150 to 200 participants took to the starting line in eight different vehicle classes per race day, of which around 30 to 50 drivers had come from neighboring countries.

The racetrack was shut down in the mid-1980s. Since the area was then left to its own devices, it is largely forested today. However, the asphalt surface is still completely in place, as are numerous guard rails and other relics from racing days.

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Coordinates: 51 ° 30 ′ 33.1 ″  N , 7 ° 7 ′ 38.1 ″  E