Café Racer Festival

24 Jul 2019
by Max G

We went to the Café Racer Festival in France. Here a little review of what happened and what we've seen.

 

We were pretty excited about going there. It was the first time we moved that far for an event and we hoped it would be successful.

It took us nearly 11 hours from the Netherlands to arrive in Montlhéry, France. But we had to do a little break in order to load up the truck with a little surprise!

It was really warm in France that weekend. The heat and the sun were the dominant themes of this 7th edition. After we finished putting up our stand, flawlessly of course, we enjoyed a little tour of the festival before the visitors could storm the place in the following days.

The Festival takes place on the mythical circuit of Linas-Monthély, a place where several editions of the Bol d’Or occurred. 

We realised we were at the right place when we tried to hitchhike to do some groceries. We found a ride, not even a second after we thumbed up! Thank you again, dear friend!

We enjoyed a nice French dinner composed of fromages and charcuteries with a nice bottle of red wine. We had a lot to do that weekend! We went to bed early, thrilled about the upcoming days. 

A thing worth noticing is that the "autodrome de Montlhéry" is very uphill. Instead of getting there on foot, our generous Airbnb host offered us to use his bikes. It was a fine idea until we realised this road could be part of the Tour de France. Big effort for us! We arrived at the entrance gates of the Festival walking with our bike on our sides. Note: next time use bikes with motors.

One hour before the official start of the festival, the whole atmosphere was already starting to lighten up. The first thing that hit us was the strong smell of gas, the overwhelming sun and the cracking noise of motorcycles. (If you want this scent in your home => Stroke Candle)

Some last-minute preparation to do and we are ready. The Café Racer Festival officially started!

A lot was scheduled for the next two days: more than 450 motorcycles, 120 exhibitors, speed races, moto’s tryouts, and many more activities!

Unfortunately, we did not have a lot of time to enjoy that ourselves. As you can see:      

Our busy stand! Theses Roeg helmets were pretty popular

These Roeg helmets attracted a lot of people during the event. But the real star of our stand was this beauty:

 

The star of our stand, a very unique CBX

We won’t say much more about it since you will probably hear more about this beast pretty soon.

One thing we were really happy about is when we met some of you there! Having the chance to casually talk with our customers is valuable to us and we love those moments.

Here a little selection of what we liked seeing:

The carefully selected motorcycles exposed by the Café Racer Festival team!

 

Our neighbour from Moto Magazine organising a welding initiation workshop, pretty cool!

 

The start of the Patrick Godet Parade

To conclude, we loved our two days in France with the Café Racer Festival Team and you guys! Motorcycles and (extremely) good weather are definitely key ingredients for a successful event, and we were well served! We hope you had as much fun as we had. See you next year!

Photos from: David Marvier

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