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Classic Bikes at Dijon-Prenois
Until 1984 the circuit at Dijon-Prenois was the home of the French Formula 1 Grand Prix. Since then the track has specialised in racing historic cars and bikes, continuing the tradition of the glorious days of racing.
Dijon has played an important role in the history of the motorbike. During the first half of the 1900s the Terrot factory made bikes of all description. Between 1925 and 1930 they won the majority of the motorbike championships, making them the number one constructor in France in front of Peugeot.
We report on the 2005 and 2006 Coupes Moto Légende
See below for 2007 date
Coupes Moto Legende 21-22 may 2005
Thousands turned out to see racing legends Phil Read, Giacomo Agostini and Paul Smart at Dijon-Prenois. At 18 euros for a two-day meeting, it represents fantastic value too.
The second "Coupes Moto Légende" meeting since the closing of Monthery was held on a very wet weekend in the beautiful Burgundian countryside at Prenois, just north of Dijon. The top names from the fifties, sixties and seventies – Phil Read, Giacomo Agostini, Paul Smart, Ron Chandler - to name but a few, proving to the thousands of spectators who turned out to see these legends that despite being in receipt of an old age pension and a bus pass, they can still ride a racing motor cycle very fast and stay the right way up.
Phil Read was badly bruised due to a tumble caused by a mechanical fault whilst testing a few days previously but he was not battered as at last year's meeting, courtesy of a misunderstanding with a large security guard, and was able to dispense with the dark glasses and sticking plaster and smile for the cameras of the many people who wanted to record the occasion.
Always a controversial figure, love him or hate him the man is a legend, he pitched his skills against the best of them, and to be walking, and talking after fifty years of racing motorcycles bears testimony to the man's ability to be a top attraction wherever he appears.
The vintage fraternity are also well catered for, with British enthusiasts seeing and hearing machines and marques previously not known about - a large autojumble with a gathering of clubs, creating a wonderful atmosphere, despite the rain and the mud.
There is no spectator/participant segregation at Prenois, and 18 euros for a two-day meeting represents the best value I've seen for a motorcycle meeting.
As for getting there, the minor roads route is probably the finest riding experience for the vintage or classic enthusiast, about 400 miles from Calais and scenery to dream about.
Put it in your diary for next year.
T.J.L 23 May 2005
Coupes Motor Legende 2006
Phil Read with fans
As the old time favourites take to the track, the weekend at Dijon Prenois lives up to expectation once more.
Phil Read and Ron Chandler were doing their stuff again, as were many ‘old’ faces from the past, all enjoying themselves. No ‘Ago’ or Sammy Miller this year. Many would have liked to have seen Mr. Edenbridge (John Surtees) on the track as he was the only man to be World Champion on two and four wheels. The man’s poise, style and speed are not just rose tinted spectacle memories from us old boys but something the younger generation would love to see.
At 21 euros for a two day entry pass to the Coupes Motor Legende 2006, what better value could you have? This included free parking, access to all the competitors, club stands and a large auto jumble, plus of course, the racing. This year it was bright and sunny, and the journey to and from on the wonderful traffic free routes with breathtaking scenery made for a great trip.
At this race meeting you will see machinery that you did not know existed, and you might even find that illusive spare part at the auto-jumble…
GRAND PRIX DIJON COTE D'OR
FFSA Super Series, GT, Porsche Carrera Cup, Formula Renault
May 26 – 27
LE GRAND PRIX DE L'AGE D'OR
F1 cars from as far back as the 1930s up to the 70s. plus F2 and F3…
LES 6 HEURES DE DIJON - SERIE FFSA
Le Mans cars from days back take to the track
2007 FIA GT CHAMPIONSHIP
Aston Martin, Corvette, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati… in a three hour endurance race
250 cars in action