What happened to Namur?

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1/17/2019 7:15 AM

This is probably a retread but I can't find any articles on why it closed or they stopped having GP's there.

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1/17/2019 7:26 AM

Environmentalists happened to Namur...

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1/17/2019 7:38 AM

And it's too bad. What a historic and unique track it was. Lots of good footage of racing there on youtube.

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1/17/2019 7:42 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/17/2019 7:42 AM

Environmentalists , Conservationists (as in, the place is a hallowed National Monument) and, "Not in my Backyard" happened to it.

Paul Malin did a pretty good Twitter (or was it Instagram? - I'm piss poor with those types of things) 'series' on it a few years ago. A good 'walk around'. Another fellow that I think is a semi regular on this site did a good write up on walking the course, too. Gary Semics might have had a bit about it in his series of posts of one ( or a few) of his GP campaigns that he put up here , and maybe Rob Andrews - Robgvx here - has a bit about Namur on his site. I hope his forthcoming book has good stuff on it - well, all of his racing. I think Eric Johnson did a fine article about Namur, too

To my knowledge, the last GP promoter there was Eric Geboers, and, he expressed interest a few times in trying to get it back. With his tragic death last year, I think even the very remote hope of it (the entire course) ever being used again for MX, disappeared. Even with his influence, the place would never fit into today's TV / Broadcast requirements. And, safety requirements.

Namur, was / is like how the Isle Of Man TT course is to Real Roads Racing.

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1/17/2019 7:51 AM

Bearuno wrote:

Environmentalists , Conservationists (as in, the place is a hallowed National Monument) and, "Not in my Backyard" happened to ...more

It was the MX equivalent of the old Hockenheim or Nordschliefe. Blast in to the woods and dodge trees for minutes at a time and then reappear back at the Citadel in front of the majority of the crowd ready to do it again.

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1/17/2019 8:14 AM


Had the pleasure of going to Namur in 85 and 86 when I was stationed in Germany with the Air Force. Seeing the works bikes of that time period and the legends (Thorpe, Malherbe, Jobe, Geobors, Calqvast etc.) riding them was very special. Namur was the most amazing track I have ever been too. I'm so glad I had a chance to see it before it closed.

85 Thorpe going into the woods. He won the championship for the first time that year.
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86 Thorpe coming out of the pits at Namur. I thought that works Honda was the best looking works bike ever. Thorpe's gear was on point that year also.
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1/17/2019 8:43 AM

so thankful I got to attend the 2006 GP there to both take in the history of the track, and witness Stefan clinch the championship that year; his first time doing so in front of his home fans. I took these two photos after the win... I especially love the shot of Stefan and Liam! Would love to have the opportunity to give Stefan a hard copy some day

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1/17/2019 8:50 AM

Namur was probably the most epic motocross track ever. It certainly embodies what my motocross track dreams are made of.

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1/17/2019 9:24 AM

Natester551v wrote:

Environmentalists happened to Namur...

Not true, big bull shit. The organization club fall apart because of a few older people quitting and the club didn't find new young people. Eric Geboers wasn't the organization but he was the promotor and he did saw that happening. So he needed to take some choices and the club falling apart combined with more money available in Flanders as subsidy for a MXGP. That all resulted in the end of the closing from the Namur GP. And now rebooting the GP is (almost) impossible with the modern rules for paddocks and safety.

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1/17/2019 9:48 AM

It was an awesome place, with out doubt the best track I have ever been too... it was like nothing else, F1 has Monaco, tennis has Wimbledon etc it was hallowed ground... I went for a walk around 4 years ago and there is no trace of it... it needs a monument or plaque/sign giving a brief history... I knew where to walk but you could drop a modern moto fan into the site and they would have no clue where the track even went... Bring it back.

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1/17/2019 10:58 AM

I went to Scotland to get married in 1989 and planned the whole trip around the GP at Namur, spent three days there stayed at the casino/hotel down the hill from the Citadel. Was the trip of a life time,realized a dream of going to Namur for a GP. The marriage didn't last but the ex and I can agree that that trip was one of the best experiences of our lives.
Walked the track the Saturday before and the Monday after,Would have loved to do a few laps on that track.Can't see a track like that being used today,Motocross has evolved but I am not sure if it's for the better.

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1/17/2019 11:13 AM

MXMattii wrote:

Not true, big bull shit. The organization club fall apart because of a few older people quitting and the club didn't find new ...more

Yes seem to remember reading that the guy that did most of the organizing was about 81 year old and was unable to carry on any longer and that nobody was willing to take on the massive task that took to run it

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