I’ve decided to branch out, and as this site grows and evolves I hope to cover a wide range of interests, beyond complaining about Volkswagen of America. It’s not the cars mind you, well not the petrol powered cars. See the rest of the site for the back story with me and VOA. Back to me branching out, including motor sports. In the interest of full disclosure, I drove by Spa earlier this year, but didn’t actually stop in to check it out. No regrets, just an excuse to go back soon.
The story of Francorchamps begins in the town of well Francorchamps in 1920. There they invented what we refer to in the states as “demolition derby”. It all started off like this, one of the denizens went to a local brewery to procure some suds, and while on his way there another denizen of the quaint hamlet passed them on the road to the abbey. When the first denizen finally arrived at the brewery, the monks unfortunately had to deliver some bad news, the other guy who passed him on the way got the last of their beer. Filled with rage that only comes from being unable to procure Belgian beer this beerless, bedeviled, and bitter Belgian drove back to town without beer, and immediately began looking for the “one” who made of with “his” beer. After a not so extensive search, as the town is atop a hill and not very large to begin with, quickly found him, and then proceeded to desecrate the second Belgian’s car. While leaving the scene the second Belgian was alerted to the desecration, and gave chase. Catching up to the first Belgian he pushed his car into the first’s car. Back and forth. vandalism begat fender bender begat vehicular escalation culminating in what both finally agreed as something worth repeating after beer and choclolate. Belgians like themselves some contact, and it was the original Fight Club for cars. That’s it, chocolates, beer, and car on car violence, take all those things in….in Belgium. That copy was copyrighted and trademarked…boom.
Tomorrow I will share the real history of Spa Francorchamps, more or less. Belgium has a strong and great history of motor racing, and I look forward to sharing a sliver of that tradition with you. Below is a map of the track to whet your whistle.