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Scale model AVUS curve

Scale model AVUS curve

The never built AVUS Südkurve

A 75-year-old scale model is the only reminder of the plans for constructing a new southern curve featuring a steep banking on the AVUS circuit in Berlin.

New South Curve

Before the Second World War broke out, plans circulated to build a new Südkurve (southern curve).

The renovated curve, just like the Nordkurve rebuilt in 1936, had to have a steeply banked curve of 43.6°.

At that time, it was common practice to make a scale model for major works. As a result, a model on a scale of 1:100, approximately 25 meters long, appeared close to the curve to be built in the Grünewald.


The plans came to a standstill because the Second World War broke out in 1939.

Banked earthworks

The banked earthworks for the Südkurve, on which the banked race track would be constructed, were still being excavated. You can follow the location of the bend perfectly on satellite photos.

After the war, when Berlin slipped into the Cold War, the earthworks served as a protective wall around an American shooting range.

The scale model is located about ten meters from the never-built curve, where it has been hidden under thick foliage and a layer of moss for more than 75 years.

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