France: Motorcycle Feast In Between Cow Dung and Mole Hills
Posted at 02:00:00 PM
File under France Events
Author: Mike Werner
Location: Normandy, France
Even bikers living in the deep countryside love to see motorcycles, and even better, love to go to motorcycle parties, exhibitions and shows. That goes anywhere in the world, and particularly so where I live in Normandy.
Until recently there was not much going on motorcycle-wise, apart from a few vintage motorcycle races and swap meets and the annual descent of the Fecamp cliffs of torch carrying motorcycles (the night before the 14th of July revolution celebration - link ). But that is changing a lot, with large exhibitions like in Le Havre (link ) and now this.
The Fete De La Moto (Motorcycle feast) has its first, free, annual gathering in a small suburb of a nothing town/city called Yvetot . St. Marie de Champs is the name of the village and probably its biggest claim to fame is a decent Chinese restaurant.
Last Sunday they organized their first feast, and I have to say, it was a good one. I estimate about 5 to 7,000 people attended it (despite the fact that the Mugello MotoGP was on).
One street was reserved for the motorcycle dealers (like Honda, BMW, Kymco, etc) ...
... and the remainder of the street was used by two motorcycle stunt teams that would be showing their tricks.
When I said cow dung and mole hills, I was not kidding, since the rest of the grounds was in the fields.
There, many small stalls were set up selling and trading their stuff, from fuel tanks, to tires, to helmets, to anything that could be sold or traded for motorcycles.
There was also the kiddie rides, where they could try riding a real motorcycle around a small oval track. Loads of kids lined up for that one.
Of course no French gathering is complete without loads of food. They were well set up with a "factory" of food stalls put together.
And to entertain everyone and keep the mood going, there was a decent music band.
One of the motorcycle stunt teams was getting ready for their show. This one was the Big-Jim team sponsored by BMW.
Big Jim did the stunts, and as stunts go, it was pretty well done, smooth and entertaining.
The event as usual ends with motorcycle-made donuts around some volunteers.
Further up in the fields there was a setup for a group of sidecar crossers. Initially they demonstrated their sport to the gathered public.
They even showed that the sport can be done by small kids.... just look at the size of him!
Several demonstrations were done, including female riders and passengers, and different types of sidecars.
Then they did a race. Gawd, I love the smell of 2-strokes in the morning. It's impressive going and quite spectacular to watch.
There was also an area where the demonstrated trial riding with several man-made obstacles.
When I left, you could see that there were a lot of visitors, and a nearby field was used as car park, and it was overflowing.
So all-in-all a successful event that will merit a repeat next year. And yes, I did hear some English bikers talking, so I'd say there might be more foreign bikers coming to this event.
And who knows, maybe one day it'll be as big a Sturgis...