May 22, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT
Before settling permanently at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in 1991, Formula One’s Spanish Grand Prix visited multiple venues within the country. One of those was Barcelona’s Montjuïc street circuit, which played host to the race in 1969, 1971, 1973, and 1975.
The track’s time as a Grand Prix circuit ended in disaster at the 1975 Spanish GP. On Lap 26, the rear wing of Rolf Stommelen’s car broke and he went into a track barrier.
The impact sent him back into the road and then over the other barrier. Five spectators were killed, Stommelen suffered serious injuries, and the race was called at Lap 29. In a side note, that race also saw Lella Lombardi become the first – and so far, the only – female driver to score World Championship points with her sixth-place result.
Despite that dark day, Montjuïc is hailed by some F1 observers as one of the top Grand Prix circuits ever, as it combined a picturesque setting with high speeds and a very stiff challenge.
During the filming of “Off The Grid: Barcelona” – which debuts Saturday morning at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN – F1 on NBC Sports reporter Will Buxton and his producer, Jason Swales, made a visit to the infamous course. Check out the clip above and ride along with them as they take a lap through F1 history.
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