Roadside Attractions


From Autobahn Anomaly to Motorway Marvel: Berlin's Roadside Grandstands

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December 20, 2018
An ambitious and unusual renovation project plans to transform former racetrack grandstands overlooking a motorway by 2021

Hamid Djadda is leaning out over the handrail on the stepped concrete grandstands of what was once one of the most famous raceways in Germany.

Opened in 1921, it was a marvel of the burgeoning automotive age: two long straights, capped by a hairpin turn and a wide arc just before the finish line. On race days, up to 4,000 people watched daring racing car drivers pilot the latest advancements in auto engineering, breaking land speed records – or crashing to their deaths trying.