Saturday, February 18, 2017

Classic and Vintage Motorcycle Events in Europe 2017


Here we go 2017. Possibly the web's biggest vintage and classic motorcycle events listing for Europe. Or possibly I have not looked hard enough for another. If you know of any events that should be added to the list get in touch, same for mistakes. The list is longer than ever and every single one of these events looks great. Wish I could go to them all. More than likely I'll be riding over to the Vintage Revival at Montlhery, hopefully one more trip across the channel later on in the year too but not yet decided when or to where.

There's the usual caveat that only a rash fool would use this page as the sole information source before heading off into the sunset. Check details for yourself, dates change, events get cancelled.  

Get out there and enjoy, don't be scared to take something old on a long trip, they were made for it, breakdown cover is a cheap and wonderful thing and there's a great joy to be had riding with friends on machines you've put together yourselves. Even roadside tinkering and repairs aren't so bad. Many of my personal greatest motorcycling memories come from long weekend jaunts across the Channel on old bikes... free camping in a French woodland and listening to a nightingale serenade us the whole night long, horizontal rain at the side of the road in northern France whilst trying to clean out a dirty carb, racing an Enfield through a Dutch tunnel listening to the music from the exhaust until a valve seized up and it had to be pushed out to the other side in darkness.. ah, happy times! Step on your bike and create your own adventures and memories.



11 and 12 February 2017: Moto Retro Wieze, Wieze, Belgium.
- Billed as Belgium's biggest old bike autojumble. Been and gone at time of publishing but remember for next year...

11 and 12 March 2017: Salon de Reims, Reims, France.
- Mixed car and bike show.

31 March to 2 April 2017: Veterama, Hockenheim, Germany.
- Very big autojumble.

9 April 2017: Circuito di S.Pietro in Trento, S Pietro in Trento, Italy.
- Pre 1930 motorcycle event.

22 and 23 April 2017: Iron Bikers, Circuit Carole, France.
- Circuit based event near Paris for 50s to 80s bikes.

23 April 2017: Horsepower Run, Veenhuisen, Holland.
- Dutch equivalent of the Pioneer Run.

28 to 30 April 2017: John Bull Rally, Belgium.
- Organised by the BSA Owners Club Belgium but open to all old British bikes. Gets great reviews.

12 to 14 May 2017: ASI motoshow, Parma, Italy.
- Popular track based Italian show.

11 to 14 May 2017: IVVMCC Slievenamon pre-31 Rally. Co. Kilkenny, Ireland.
- Gets very good reports.

5 to 7 May 2017: Paris Dunkerque Rally, France.
- An event for adventure bike types rather than classics but no reason not to take your old nail along. Non-competitive and looks like fun.

6 & 7 May 2017: Vintage Revival, Montlhery, France.
- Bi-ennial and fantastic pre-war car and bike event. Go!

10 to 15 May 2017: Verano Indiano, Colombres, Spain.
- From the guys that brought you the revived Colombres Rally in October.

14 to 20 May 2017Motogiro D'Italia, San Marino.
- Hooning around Italy on small bikes! Touring event for big cc lovers too. Finishing the near 1000 mile course on a pre-57 sub 175cc is quite an achievement. 

12 to 14 May 2017: Tour du Calvados, Luc Sur Mer, France.

12 to 14 May 2017: Tour de Bretagne, Bains Sur Oust, France.
- Large gathering of old vehicles in Brittany. Several days of routes through the local countryside. Dates tbc.

19 to 21 May 2017: Balade des Vieux Clous, Nord Pas de Calais, France.
- Don't know a lot about this event but the location is convenient for Brits and Beneluxians keen to go abroad.

24 to 28 May 2017: FIVA World Rally for Motor Cycles, Cavaillon, France.
- The roving FIVA rally hits France this year.

27 and 28 May 2017: Coupes Moto Legende, Dijon, France.
- All old bike enthusiasts should visit at least once.

25 to 28 May 2017: Oostblocktreffen, Netherlands. Eastern Bloc bike rally.

18 to 21 June 2017: International Rallye / Fete de la moto a Luc Sur Mer

28 May 2017: Boulogne Bicycle Rally, Boulogne, France.
A leisurely and tipple fuelled trundle around the former Boulogne Grand Prix Circuit. There's no official website, the whole event is informal. There are vintage cycle happenings in Boulogne the whole bank holiday weekend. A good account of it and some tips here.

2 to 5 June 2017: International Ibbenburen Veteran Motorcycle Rally, Ibbenburen, Germany.
- Promises up to 400 pre-39 motorcycles.

4 June 2017: Rando Cyclo, Sars Poteries, France.
- Event for those who favour fewer horsepower. Double check the date if planning to go, I always find it difficult to get online info on this event. There's an account of the 2015 event here.

1 to 4 June 2017: MC Piston Cantabria Tour, Cantabria, Spain.
- I rode a MC Piston event a couple of years ago and it was great. Expect wonderful scenery, great hospitality and laid back but efficient organisation. dates tbc

9 and 10 June 2017: Ton Up, Lurcy Levy, France.
- Track based British bike only event.

10 and 11 June 2017: Reivocazione Storica Circuito Tre Monti, Imola, Italy.
- Pre-1945 motorcycle event. Dates tbc.

23 to 25 June 2017: Grand Prix de Tours, Tours, France.
- Glamorous vintage car parade held around the scenic city of Tours.

14 to 18 June 2017: Wheels and Waves, Biarritz, France.
- New wave custom and classic event. Now massive can they maintain the momentum?.

24 and 25 June 2017: Autodrome Heritage Festival, Montlhery, France.
- Car and bike, no idea what it is like but any event at Montlhery is worth a visit.

10 and 11 June 2017: Cafe Racer Festival: Montlhery, France.
- Popular does what it says on the tin bike event at the fantastic Montlhery circuit near Paris.

30 June to 2 July 2017: Biker's Classics, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.
- Racing for more recent classics.

2 to 8 July 2017: Milano-Taranto, Italy
- Like the Moto G but lower key and possibly more hardcore. Already fully subscribed to compete.

9 July 2017: Stella Alpina Rally, Bardonecchia, Italy.
- Ride up a mountain with fellow enthusiasts.

13 to 16 July 2017: Round Kurland Rally, Latvia.
- Latvia isn't so far if you take a couple of different ferries. Dates tbc.

14 to 16 July 2017: Classic Bikes Chimay, Chimay, Belgium.
- Belgian vintage street racing. I went along a couple of years ago. Great fun, proper street racing, Belgian beer. Close to the town. Camp at the circuit for the full experience.

16 to 20 July 2017: International Schleswig-Holstein ADAC Country Tours, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
5 day touring event for pre-1950 machines. Dates tbc.

4 to 6 August 2017: Schloss Dyck Classic DaysJüchen, Germany.
- The German equivalent of the Goodwood Revival.

4 to 7 August 2017: Journées Coyote: Nogaro Circuit, France.
- Weekend track event. Looks like mostly more recent classics.

19 August 2017: Oldtimerdag Ruinerwold, Ruinerwold, Netherlands.
- Old vehicles take over Dutch town.

20 August 2017: Oude Klepper Parade, De Haan, Holland.
- Pre-21 motorcycle parade.

18 to 20 August 2017: Belgian Classic TT, Gedinne, Belgium.
- Belgian road racing. Dates tbc.

22 to 27 August 2017: Irish National Rally, Munster, Ireland.
- Perenially popular jaunt through Irish countryside. Dates tbc.

26 and 27 August 2017: International Hengelo Rally, Hengelo, Holland.
- Large pre-41 bike rally.

3 September 2017: Red Bull Alpenbrevet, Lugano, Switzerland.
- For me Red Bull is the Devil's own piss but don't let big corporate sponsorship put you off: a 1000 moped endurance run over Swiss Alpine passes must by its very nature be an awesome event. Date tbc.

1 to 3 September 2017: Glemseck 101, Glemseck, nr Stuttgart, Germany.
- New wave customs and cafe-racers, corporate sponsorship and hipster drag racing.

15 to 17 September 2017: Imola Mostra Scambio, Imola, Italy.
- Huge Italian autojumble.

15 to 17 September 2017: Trophees Gerard Jumeaux, Circuit Carole, North of Paris, France.
- Classic racing French style.

15 to 17 September 2017: Bol D'Or Classic, Magny Cours, France.
- Good if classic endurance racing is your bag.

15 to 17 September 2017: Circuit des Ramparts d'Angouleme, Angouleme, France.
- Glamorous vintage cars racing around medieval town.

17 September 2017: International Pionierfahrt im Rheinland, Rheinland, Germany.
- Event for pre-1914 machines. Date tbc

17 September 2017: Veteranentreffen Oostende

17 September 2017: Oldtimerrit Gullegem

21 to 23 September 2017: Grossglockner Grand Prix, Zell am See, Austria
- Mighty historic alpine hill climb. There used to be bike entries too but they seem to have vanished from entry form. A shame as I would like to have ridden it. All the same, it should be worthwhile to turn up to spectate some impressive cars racing up the mountain.

24 September 2017: Montée historique Maurice Violland, Coligny, France.
- Promising looking historic hill climb. Date tbc.

24 September to 1 October 2017: MC Piston Rally Meeting, Santander, Spain.
- Rode this event a couple of years back. Excellent. Great atmosphere, hospitality and stunning roads. Opt in to the event as much as you like, the three day tour at the beginning was great. Very good value. Possibly the largest old bike road riding event in Europe. dates tbc.

4 to 15 October 2017: Rally de Colombres, Colombres, Spain.
- This is what the MC Piston event started out as. MC Piston moved the rally to Santander and some guys formed a club called Moto Club Indianos and carried on running it as it was.

6 to 8 October 2017: Veterama, Mannheim, Germany.
- Huge autojumble.

15 October 2017: Moto Retro Leuven, Leuven, Holland.
- One day bike jumble. Date is provisional and not confirmed at time of writing.

17 to 19 November 2017: Salon Moto Legende, Paris, France.
- French show. The dates are provisional. No exact dates available at time of writing.

Finally the Dutch Veteraan Motoren Club has a good listing with some extra more small scale local events too which may be work checking out.

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