Sunday, January 26, 2014

Classic / Vintage Motorcycle events in Europe 2014

For 2015 European listing click here.

'55 Bullet in Crete back in 2006.
Summer isn't too far away, there's a whole world of bike-related entertainment out there and few joys greater than loading the bike up and heading off for adventure. I always try to get over the channel with an old bike at least once a year but have never found any decent european events listing. So, in lieu of that, here's my own small list of events I know or ones that have promise. Of course there are thousands more out there but this is a start. There are links to most of them, a couple are car and bike and one is car only, they should all be worthy destinations for a vintage road trip. Check out the details for yourself before setting off to confirm dates, some will need entry well in advance and some you can just turn up. Most of all, may the sun shine and your wheels perform.

5-9 February: Retromobile, Paris, France.
- Huge and glamorous car and motorcycle show.

8-9 February: Moto Retro Wieze, Wieze, Belgium.
- Belgian autojumble and show.

28-30 March: Veterama, Hockenheim, Germany.
- Very big autojumble.

31 May to 1 June: Coupes Moto Legende, Dijon, France.
- All old bike enthusiasts should visit at least once.

1 June: Rando Cyclo, Sars Poteries, France.
- Event for those who favour fewer horsepower.

5-8 June: MC Piston Cantabria Tour, Cantabria, Spain.
- I guess it's in the name.

7-8 June: Autodrome Heritage Festival, Montlhery, France.
- Car and bike, no idea what it is like but any event at Montlhery is worth a visit.

12-15 June: Wheels and Waves, Biarritz, France.
- Now much hyped as uber-cool hence likely to be very popular..

21-22 June: Cafe Racer Festival, Montlhery, France.
- In the title and ditto the above re Montlhery.

22-28 June: Motogiro D'Italia, Misano, Italy
- Hooning around Italy on small bikes!

3-6 July: Circuit des Ardennes, Belgium.
- Looks promising.

4-6 July: Biker's Classics, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.
- Racing for more recent classics.

6-12 July: Milano-Taranto, Italy
- Like the Moto G but lower key and possibly more hardcore.

13 July: Stella Alpina Rally,
- Ride up a mountain with fellow enthusiasts.

18-20 July: Classic Bikes Chimay, Chimay, Belgium
- Belgian vintage street racing.

August: Round Kurland Rally, Latvia
- Latvia isn't so far if you take a couple of different ferries. Not yet sure of dates.

1-3 August: Windmill Rally, Huskvarna, Sweden.
- International roaming vintage road trial.

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

22-24 August: Belgian Classic TT, Ardennes, Belgium.
- Belgian road racing.

27-31 August: Irish National Rally, Munster, Ireland.
- Perenially popular jaunt through Irish countryside.

5-7 September: Glemseck 101, Glemseck, nr Stuttgart, Germany.
- See comment on Wheels and Waves!

12-14 September: Trophee Gerard Jumeaux, Circuit Carole, North of Paris, France.
- Classic racing French style.

13-14 September: Bol D'Or Classic, Magny Cours, France.
- Good if classic endurance racing is your bag.

19-21 September: Circuit des Ramparts d'Angouleme, Angouleme, France.
- Glamorous vintage cars racing around medieval town.

28 September to 5 October: MC Piston Rally Meeting, Santander, Spain.
- Big and varied old bike gathering. Easy to reach by ferry.

10-12 October: Veterama, Mannheim, Germany.
- Huge autojumble.

21-23 November: Salon Moto Legende, Paris, France.
- French show.

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