- Circuit Length 13.140kms
- Circuit Direction Clockwise
- Unused Since 1940
- Established 1933
The Mellaha Lake circuit, around 10 miles outside Tripoli, was built as a showcase of Italian imperialism and funded by an ambitious state lottery which raised much of the construction cost. Located in a salt basin, the surroundings were spartan but the venue itself had state-of-the-art facilities with electronic timing and starting lights among the features, as well as a covered grandstand which could seat 10,000. It was described by Dick Seaman as "The Ascot of motor racing circuits".
It opened in 1933 with one of motor-racing's most controversial races, Achille Varzi's win being forever - and wrongly - associated with accusations of race rigging. He won three of the eight races held there between 1933 and 1940, but the circuit was not used after that time.
- The race that was rigged? (June 25, 2010)