Off road... it’s a whole new Spa treat­ment

Classic Racer - - CLASSIC RACER ADVERTORIAL - Info, tick­ets & reg­is­tra­tion: bik­er­sclas­

You may be far more fa­mil­iar with it as a track venue and host of some fan­tas­tic tar­mac ac­tion over the years, but the Bel­gian venue of Spa is about to get back into the world of off-road. Af­ter more than a decade of purely as­phalt ac­tion, clas­sic meet organiser Bik­ers’ Clas­sics is ven­tur­ing onto the dirty stuff, with a vin­tage trial cat­e­gory set to de­but in this month’s gath­er­ing of clas­sic ma­chines and rac­ers. It’s not the first time Spa has hosted off-road ac­tion, in 2005 and 2006 the world cham­pi­onship trial was held at SpaFran­cor­champs. The June 29-July 1 event is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to see the beau­ti­ful Ar­dennes re­gion at its best, and it’s an en­vi­ron­ment per­fectly suited to this mo­tor­cy­cle dis­ci­pline. Ev­ery­thing is there to pro­vide a chal­lenge to the rid­ers, from im­pres­sive nat­u­ral ob­sta­cles, swirling streams to rocky hill­sides – it’s all there in this rugged, rolling, forested ter­rain. And clas­sic tri­als fits per­fectly with the ethos of Bik­ers’ Clas­sics as the at­mos­phere of vin­tage trial meet­ings is just as con­vivial as that of the usual Bik­ers’ Clas­sics events, and be­cause many man­u­fac­tur­ers from ‘back in the day’ were ac­tive both in speed and in off-road, and es­pe­cially in trial – think Tri­umph, Nor­ton, BSA, but also Honda, Yamaha etc.

The Life­style Vil­lage

One of the high­lights of Bik­ers’ Clas­sics is a fea­ture brought in only three years ago... the Life­style Vil­lage. In ad­di­tion to the of­fi­cial man­u­fac­tur­ers such as Yamaha, Tri­umph, In­dian or Royal En­field to name but a few, the ac­tive Bel­gian cus­tom scene will once again be rep­re­sented by the ma­jor play­ers, as well as by new­com­ers keen to show their most beau­ti­ful ma­chines. For the sec­ond time, the Sul­tans of Sprint, the Con­ti­nen­tal Circus of the third mil­len­nium, will be one of the Life­style Vil­lage’s ma­jor at­trac­tions, and will fea­ture in­cred­i­ble ma­chines. The wizard of Basse-bodeux, former Bel­gian cham­pion, Fred Krug­ger, will not be left be­hind as he will present his Tri­umph Bob­ber es­pe­cially cre­ated for the 2018 Sul­tans of Sprint sea­son. While as al­ready men­tioned, the Trial Clas­sic gets un­der­way this year, an event which will be spread over two days. The com­pe­ti­tion means that the or­gan­is­ers can show off some mag­nif­i­cent trial ma­chines in the Life­style Vil­lage, with some real sur­prises and su­perb ma­chines that have been out of cir­cu­la­tion for decades. And do not for­get the unique at­mos­phere pro­vided by the many crafts­men who will work on the spot to paint hel­mets, to work leather or to present their col­lec­tion. Vis­i­tors will have plenty of time to have their hair done by the most crazy hair­dresser in town... or even to get the Sul­tans of Sprint logo tat­tooed on their back. Eas­ily within reach of the UK by ferry and even train, the Bik­ers’ Clas­sics event is over the long weekend of Fri­day, June 29 to July 1.

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