"In the world of motorcycles there are loads of tragically dormant brands. But the fact that no current bikes bear the noble badge of Laverda must be one of the most tragic of these absences. Laverda began, like Lamborghini, out "
Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry
image: Laurent Nivalle
There’s something about old European race circuits. They reek of history, panache and culture.
And none is more redolent of these things than the Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry. The circuit, just a little bit to the south of Paris, was opened in 1924 with those killer banks set in the forest. Later a road circuit was added and the place became firmly lodged in the Pantheon of motorsport – and hosted the Grands Prix of France throughout the thirties.
Tragically the place seems to have had a very checkered history since the second world war – and doesn’t seem to have been used in officially sanctioned anger at all these last few decades.
Lovely to see, then, that a bunch of bikers decided to hold a Cafe Racer festival there recently.
Not sure how we missed this. Next time.
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