Thursday, February 8, 2018

Vintage, veteran and classic motorcycle events in Europe 2018

Spring 2018 and a young chap's fancy steers towards saddling up his venerable motorcycle and riding off to sample continental delights. Year on year the list grows, I make the rash claim that it is the largest Europe-wide listing of classic and vintage bike events on the web,if this is indeed so then that is down to the woeful lack of other folks stepping up to the mark rather than any sort of comprehensive nature to this list.

The original reason behind this listing was that I and several other good friends take enjoyment in riding our old nails to events abroad at least once a year: as we already did the research in to what was going on it seemed a good idea to share the knowledge and save others having to do the same. Most of the events below are those I have been to or have secondhand knowledge of. This year I hope to make it to at least one, perhaps two. As ever the listing is heavy on events in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Italy and very lacking in ones in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Scandinavia. If you can help me rectify that error with events to add to the list then please get in touch. 

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.

10 and 11 February 2018: 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...

10 and 11 March 2018: Salon de Reims, Reims, France.
- Mixed car and bike show.

21 to 25 March 2018:Techno Classica Essen, Essen, Germany.
- Large car and bike autojumble.

6 to 8 April 2018: Veterama, Hockenheim, Germany.
- Very big autojumble.

6 to 8 April 2018: Auto Moto Retro, Dijon, France.
- Mixed car and bike show.

15 April 2018: Circuito di S.Pietro in Trento, S Pietro in Trento, Italy.
- Pre 1930 motorcycle event.

15 April 2018: VFV/ADAC Northern Germany Spring Ride, Schmalfeld, Germany.

21 and 22 April 2018: Brussels Moto Retro, Brussels, Belgium.

22 April 2018: Horsepower Run, Veenhuisen, Holland.
- Dutch equivalent of the Pioneer Run.

28 and 29 April 2018: Iron Bikers, Circuit Carole, France.
- Circuit based event near Paris for 50s to 80s bikes.

27 to 29 April 2018: John Bull Rally, Belgium.
- Organised by the BSA Owners Club Belgium but open to all old British bikes. Gets great reviews.

29 April 2018: Ventoux Classic, Mont Ventoux, France.
- Classic and vintage motorcycles racing up Mont Ventoux. What more could you want?

30 April to 6 May 2018Motogiro D'Italia, Italy.
- 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. 

9 to 13 May 2018: Oostblocktreffen, Friesland, Netherlands.
- Eastern Bloc bike rally.

10 to 13 May 2018: IVVMCC Slievenamon pre-31 Rally. Co. Kilkenny, Ireland.
- Gets very good reports.

11 to 13 May 2018: ASI motoshow, Parma, Italy.
- Popular track based Italian show.

11 to 13 May 2018: Tour du Calvados, Luc Sur Mer, France.

18 to 20 May 2018: Tour de Bretagne, Bretagne, France.
- Large gathering of old vehicles in Brittany. Several days of routes through the local countryside. Dates tbc.

18 to 21 May 2018: Ibbenbürener Veteranen Rallye, Ibbenbürener, Germany.
- Large riding event for pre-1939 machines.

18 to 21 May 2018: 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.

25 to 27 May 2018: 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.

27 May 2018: 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.

31 May to 3 June 2018: XII Cantabria Tour, Cantabria Spain.
- MC Piston organised. Sure to be a fine event.

1 & 2 June 2018: VFV Niedersachsen Pioneer Run, Niedersachsen, Germany.
- pre 1914 event.

2 and 3 June 2018: Coupes Moto Legende, Dijon, France.
- All old bike enthusiasts should visit at least once.

2 & 3 June 2018: 2nd French Festival of Slowth, Etange-du-Merle, France.
- From the organisers of the Monthlery Vintage Revival an exhibitor only event for early, feeble and unusual two, three and four wheelers. Should be good, hope to be there!

2 and 3 June 2018: Autodrome Heritage Festival, Montlhery, France.
- Car and bike, no idea what it is like but any event at Montlhery is worth a visit.

3 June 2018: 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.

14 to 17 June 2018: Wheels and Waves, Biarritz, France.
- New wave custom and classic event. Now massive can they maintain the momentum?.

15 to 17 June 2018: International Rallye / Fete de la moto a Luc Sur Mer
- dates tbc

21 to 24 June 2018: International FIVA Rally, Budapest, Hungary.
- Dates confirmed on the FIVA website but good luck navigating the organisers one above!

23 and 24 June 2018: Grand Prix de Tours, Tours, France.
- Glamorous vintage car parade held around the scenic city of Tours.

23 and 24 June 2018: Cafe Racer Festival: Montlhery, France.
- Popular does what it says on the tin bike event at the fantastic Montlhery circuit near Paris.

29 and 30 June 2018: Biker's Classics, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.
- Racing for more recent classics.

8 July 2018: Stella Alpina Rally, Bardonecchia, Italy.
- Ride up a mountain with fellow enthusiasts.

8 to 14 July 2018: Milano-Taranto, Italy
- Like the Moto G but lower key and possibly more hardcore. Already fully subscribed to compete.

15 to 19 July 2018: International Schleswig-Holstein ADAC Country Tours, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
- 5 day touring event for pre-1950 machines.

20 to 22 July 2018: 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.

20 to 22 July 2018: Windmill Rally, Kaltenkirchen, Germany.
- Riding event for pre-1946 machines.

21 July 2018: 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.

3 to 5 August 2018: Schloss Dyck Classic DaysJüchen, Germany.
- The German equivalent of the Goodwood Revival.

4 and 5 August 2018: Journées Coyote: Nogaro Circuit, France.
- Weekend track event. Looks like mostly more recent classics.

18 August to 8 September 2018: Tour de France.
- Looks fantastic. A Tour de France for old motorcycles. 19 stages, 4500km. There's already a strong entry list with years ranging from 1928 to 1959.

18 August 2018: Oldtimerdag Ruinerwold, Ruinerwold, Netherlands.
- Old vehicles take over Dutch town.

19 August 2018: Oude Klepper Parade, De Haan, Holland.
- Pre-21 motorcycle parade.

23 to 26 August 2018: Irish National Rally, Munster, Ireland.
- Perenially popular jaunt through Irish countryside. Dates tbc.

24 to 26 August 2018: Belgian Classic TT, Gedinne, Belgium.
- Belgian road racing. Dates tbc.

25 and 26 August 2018: International Hengelo Rally, Hengelo, Holland.
- Large pre-41 bike rally.

31 August to 2 September 2018: Glemseck 101, Glemseck, nr Stuttgart, Germany.
- New wave customs and cafe-racers, corporate sponsorship and hipster drag racing.

7 to 9 September 2018: Imola Mostra Scambio, Imola, Italy.
- Huge Italian autojumble.

14 to 16 September 2018: Trophees Gerard Jumeaux, Circuit Carole, North of Paris, France.
- Classic racing French style.

14 and 15 September 2018: Bol D'Or Classic, Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France.
- Good if classic endurance racing is your bag.

14 to 16 September 2018: Circuit des Ramparts d'Angouleme, Angouleme, France.
- Glamorous vintage cars racing around medieval town.

16 September 2018: International Pionierfahrt im Rheinland, Rheinland, Germany.
- Event for pre-1914 machines. Date tbc

16 September 2018: Veteranentreffen Oostende, Oostende, Belgium. Date tbc

16 September 2018: Oldtimerrit Gullegem, Gullegem, Belgium

20 to 22 September 2018: 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.

22 September 2018: Nationaal Veteraan Treffen, Woerden, Holland
- large and longstanding gathering for all old two wheelers.

23 September 2018: Montée historique Maurice Violland, Coligny, France.
- Promising looking historic hill climb.

23 to 30 September 2018: 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.

1 to 14 October 2018: 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.

12 to 14 October 2018: Veterama, Mannheim, Germany.
- Huge autojumble.

21 October 2018: Moto Retro Leuven, Leuven, Holland.
- One day bike jumble. 

25 to 28 October 2018: Auto Moto d'Epoca, Padova, Italy.

24 to 26 November 2018: Salon Moto Legende, Paris, France.
- French show. The dates are provisional. No exact dates available at time of writing.

Finally, other useful listings: 
- The Dutch Veteraan Motoren Club has a good listing with some extra small scale local events too which may be work checking out.
- The Solexia site has a very comprehensive listing of French events, for all machines, not just Velosolexes.
- The Motards Montmorrillonnais site also has a long listing of French events.
- For Italian events (car and bike are listed) check the ASI site.


  1. Hi Red Devil, the Bol d'Or Classic no longer has places at Magny Cours but on the Castellet circuit.
    Hope to meet you if you come to France.

    1. Hi Laurent, thanks for letting me know - I've updated the entry. Definitely hoping to make it over to at least one event in France this year. Would be great to meet! Best wishes, Richard