‘Circuit des Ramparts’ in Angouleme
Racing like it used to be! Every year, in September, the town fills with racing enthusiasts for the Circuit des Remparts, the annual gathering of vintage and classic cars. Modern safety equipment has replaced the hay bales and wooden fences but otherwise the circuit remains unchanged since the first Circuit des Remparts race in 1939. A street race matched only by Monaco and Pau, the racing is certainly serious business for the participants, but for spectators it’s a packed but relaxed weekend when the entire town of Angouleme gives itself over to the smell of burning tyres and the sound of screeching brakes!
This truly classic event is as much about its social aspects as it is the cars! The whole weekend is packed with events starting with a concours d’Elegance, a rally through the Cognac vineyards, a gala buffet in the impressive covered market and of course the racing on the city’s ramparts.
And of course, there’s the exceptional exhibition of cars old and new for any car enthusiast to drool over! Here are Sean’s shots from previous years…
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