Barcelona with Joey Dunlop, The Who and Queen

Sitting by the hotel pool in Castelldefels with the greatest ever road racer Joey Dunlop watching the equally greatest ever rock bands U2, The Who, and Queen perform live at Wembley Stadium on the television so reminds me of my very first taste of motorcycle racing in Spain. The circuit that started the Grand Prix revolution in Spain back in 1951. It was a hot July weekend in 1985 and the Spanish Grand Prix had long moved on to the purpose-built circuit at Jarama on the outskirts of Madrid. Australian Tom Phillis brought Honda their first-ever Grand Prix win with victory in the 1961 125cc race. New roads, new airport, and most importantly a spanking new Grand Prix circuit on the northern outskirts near Granollers. The new 4.747 km Barcelona – Catalunya circuit matched everything that Barcelona had built for the Olympics. Brilliant technical track with superb facilities for the 1992 Grand Prix of Europe. The circuit has staged a Grand Prix every year since then.

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