The Sitges Terramar Autodrome.
You may have wondered what that bloody great thing on the right hand side of the road is when driving along the C32 from Vilanova to Sitges (or you may never of noticed it!).
The Sitges Terramar is a former racing circuit located between Sant Pere de Ribes and Sitges. Although minor races were sporadically held on the circuit through the 1950s, it was largely abandoned after the inaugural season of 1923. Owing to the excellence of its construction, the track remains intact even after 80 years of disuse.
The construction of the Sitges-Terramar circuit in 1922 caused all existing Spanish tracks to become obsolete. Built by Frick Armangue who founded a company called Autodromo Nacional, S.A. and designed by architect Jaume Mestre. The construction took 300 days with a final cost of 4 million pesetas.
The racing circuit had a length of 2 km, the width varying from 18 to 22 m, with the banked curves having an interior radius of 100 m.
The venture was not financially sound, and the distance from Barcelona caused additional difficulty. The rapidly escalating performances of racing vehicles soon resulted in the track becoming insufficient for the requirements of racing, and after the takings of the first meetings were seized by the constructors, making it impossible to pay the prizes, international races were prohibited.
By 1925 the track was virtually abandoned and the Catalunyan Automobile Club and the Penya Rhin started to run it but with limited success. Edgard de Morawitz purchased the track at the beginning of the 1930s, and in 1932 the Spanish Track Motorcycling Championship was held, and in the 1950s a speed race of the VI "Volta a Catalunya" competition. After these events, the Sitges motor racing circuit was completely abandoned.
Hope of a revival?
There are rumours that the Sitges-Terramar is be restored. It is said that the derelict oval circuit at Sitges-Terramar in Catalunya is to be restored as 'The Motor Racing Resort'. A limited number of historic meetings are hoped to be run at the re-vamped facility.
To the left is the original poster for Autodromo of Sitges and below that is the satellite view of the track as it stands today- how could you have not noticed that?!
More photos of the track.