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Vintage Motorcycle Rally Of Therouldeville

1
September
2008
  Posted at 09:00:50 AM
  File under  France Racing
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

Before you say where the heck is Therouldeville Click for map, I'll let you in on a secret... I didn't know, despite the fact that it's 5 kilometers from my house here in Normandy. A motorcycle club organizes an annual vintage motorcycle race. So I forwent the MotoGP race of Misano (OK, I watched until Stoner hit the deck) and loaded my trusty BMW and went to have a look-see.

The start/finish of the event is at Valmont Click for map (for the movie diehard, remember John Malkovich's role in "Dangerous Liaisons"... he played the Count of Valmont). From there, the many participants had to ride a circuit of about 3 kilometers for 4 hours.

The event can be summed up with this one photo:

Therouldeville vintage motorcycle race

A vintage motorcycle race in the Normandy countryside, amongst the cows...

So here are a few photos of the event. Mind you, I'm not very knowledgeable about vintage motorcycle, so some of them I could not recognize. Some are so old, that even Senator McCain couldn't recognize them. But one thing is certain, they were all in running order...


Therouldeville vintage motorcycle race

At the main square, the motorcycle were all lined up waiting for their moment of glory.The 1st bike is a Lyon 125 cc from 1953, the 2nd is a 125 cc Christophe.

Therouldeville vintage motorcycle race

This Norton seems to be running more on oil than gasoline..

Therouldeville vintage motorcycle race

A Terrot (??) with behind it a Douglas.

Therouldeville vintage motorcycle race

A Motocomfort in very good condition.

Therouldeville vintage motorcycle race

This looks like a war time BMW with sidecar.

Therouldeville vintage motorcycle race

I have no idea what these two motorcycles are, but they look very old, and they were in running order.... not bad!

Therouldeville vintage motorcycle race

A delivery motorcycle from an unknown brand. Probably to bring the freshly baked croissants...

Therouldeville vintage motorcycle race

In the pre-program, they had a race with small displacement motorcycles, moped and scooters.

Therouldeville vintage motorcycle race

BSA motorcycle with sidecar. Nice..

Therouldeville vintage motorcycle race

The local hooligan motorcycle gang? Nope... the main contestants getting ready to take position...

Therouldeville vintage motorcycle race

A Rater (?) motorcycle going to the start line.

Therouldeville vintage motorcycle race

One I recognize, a Laverda motorcycle.

Therouldeville vintage motorcycle race

Yes, this is a real motorcycle race, so there were UMBRELLA GIRLS! Maybe not the quality of the MotoGP, but they were umbrella girls!

Therouldeville vintage motorcycle race

And for the only female rider, there was even an UMBRELLA BOY (man)....

Therouldeville vintage motorcycle race

Did you fart??? Hehe...

Therouldeville vintage motorcycle race

Nice vintage Triumph, with the rider dressed in the style..

Therouldeville vintage motorcycle race

Being a real race, they even had a security pace car... all comforts of a real race...

Therouldeville vintage motorcycle race

And off they go for many rounds in the country side....

Therouldeville vintage motorcycle race

Here's the Triumph mingling with the cows... This rider seems familiar... doesn't he look like one of the famous characters in one of the biker comic strips. I can't put my finger on it though... someone put me out of my misery...

And there ends a passionate race in the Normandy country. Who won? everyone....





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