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L’autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry is a mostly disused track, located about 30km south of Paris. Opened in late 1924, it held the French Grand Prix a total of eight times between 1925 and 1937. State of the art when built, it soon gained a reputation for danger. Antonio Ascari was killed in the first Grand Prix held.


After World War I a wealthy industrialist, Alexandre Lamblin, saw a need for a test and race track in close proximity to France's burgeoning auto industry, which at the time was centered in Paris. He hired engineer Raymond Jamin to design a 2.5 km banked oval, capable of handling vehicles weighing 1,000 kg and at speeds up to 220 kph, with a road course extension. Construction started in late 1922, and the oval, with parabolic banked turns, was completed in the summer of 1924. The center-line lap measurement was 2.54824 km. The attached road circuit was completed in early 1925, and measured exactly 12.5 km. The first Grand Prix was held on July 26, and the track held the race eight times through 1937.

In 1939, the track was sold to the French government, who themselves promptly evacuated the country with onset of war. German occupying forces basically ignored the property until ousted in late 1944.

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Year Driver Constructor Report
1925 France Robert Benoist
France Albert Divo
France Delage Report
1927 France Robert Benoist France Delage Report
1931 Monaco Louis Chiron
Italy Achille Varzi
France Bugatti Report
1933 Italy Giuseppe Campari Italy Maserati Report
1934 Monaco Louis Chiron Italy Alfa Romeo Report
1935 Germany Rudolf Caracciola Germany Mercedes-Benz Report
1936 France Jean-Pierre Wimille
France Raymond Sommer
France Bugatti Report
1937 Monaco Louis Chiron France Talbot Report

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