So Nivelles may be disappearing unmourned under a tide of concrete, but Reims? Yes, it's happening there, too. On a visit last week I discovered that the sweeping right-hander from the pits straight to Gueux has now been supplanted by that wonderful invention, the traffic island!
The reason? A new feed road into the 'entertainment complex' which has sprung up just outside Tinqueux. How long before the old concrete garages and grandstands are no more than ghosts — or maybe worse, incorporated into some neon-lit travesty of a 'reality race experience'?
I am, yours etc, Tim Lawrence, Burton-on-trent, Derbyshire