Brush up on your schoolboy French and head for the mustard capital of Europe
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If you can get away to a classic event on mainland Europe this summer, this should be on your short list. For riders, it’s a chance to give their classic machines their head on a Gp-quality circuit – with a good chance of proper, sunny, summer weather, too. And for those who go just to soak up the atmosphere, it’s a glorious mix of parade laps by road racing legends, track sessions for every class of classic imaginable, club and trade displays and a uniquely Gallic autojumble.
Top riders confirmed for this year’s event include Johnny Cecotto, Freddie Spencer, Steve Baker, Eric Saul and endurance ace Alain Genoud. For race fans, there’s the Yamaha Historic Race Team and the French TZ club. There are special displays of Morbidellis from Patrick Pisson, Cedric Folio’s collection of MBAS and a special celebration of the Honda CBX1000 in its 40th year. And there’s always an amazingly diverse selection of classics either being paraded, exhibited or just parked up in the paddock.
Lightweight machines have the option of riding a smaller circuit – previously restricted to sub200cc two-strokes, this year owners of pre-’93 bikes making less than 25bhp can opt for the smaller track. It’s a chance for lightweights to get a good thrashing without worrying about Z1s and suchlike hurtling up behind them.
All this plus sun (hopefully), a few beers and frites (definitely) and the chance to come home with a ridiculous French moped bought for a song in the autojumble (maybe), strapped across your bike’s rack. Memories are made of this. coupes-moto-legende.fr
Take your bike round a glorious Gp-quality track