LAON HISTORIQUE

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Event News -

LAON, FRANCE MAY 13-15

This year’s Laon Historique saw 1038 ve­hi­cles – 565 from the UK alone – con­verge on the his­toric town lo­cated 120 miles south of Calais. It’s an event that’s come a long way in 25 years – the first in 1992 had just 19 par­tic­i­pants.

In pre­vi­ous years the week­end has started with a day-long tour through­out the Satur­day, but this year’s 125-mile drive was pre­ceded by a Fri­day lunchtime gath­er­ing at Arras, sit­u­ated mid­way be­tween Calais and Laon. While the pic­turesque town has been a tra­di­tional lunch stop for those head­ing for Laon, this was its first year as an of­fi­cial part of the tour and the two main squares were given over to the Historique, which had al­most dou­bled in clas­sic car num­bers com­pared with last year.

As usual, the Satur­day run was su­perbly or­gan­ised and took in the beau­ti­ful Pi­cardie coun­try­side as spec­ta­tors lined the route to cheer the cars through.

The lunchtime stop was at Par­fonde­val, re­cently voted one of the pret­ti­est towns in France. With only 150 in­hab­i­tants on a nor­mal week­end the mar­shals had their work cut out ac­com­mo­dat­ing nearly 1000 ve­hi­cles in var­i­ous fields.

The Sun­day con­sisted of ev­ery­one dis­play­ing their clas­sic in the var­i­ous streets and squares be­fore a cir­cuit was cre­ated, al­low­ing own­ers to do laps of the town. A car­ni­val at­mos­phere saw lo­cals line the streets look­ing for empty car seats into which they could plonk their kids for free rides. While this was the big­gest Laon Historique yet, the 2017 bash will be smaller but no less fun. If you didn‘t get there this year make sure you keep 2-5 June free. Vicky Dredge www.scenic­car­tours.com

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