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Brush up on your schoolboy French and head for the mus­tard cap­i­tal of Europe

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Sum­mer has ar­rived. Make the most of it (while it lasts) with our hand-picked events

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

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