Circuit des Remparts – 16-18 September 2016

Classic car street-racing in Angoulême

A highlight in any car enthusiast’s diary is the annual ‘Circuit des Remparts’ held the third weekend in September. First staged back in 1939, the weekend-long events sees classic cars hurtling around the ancient, twisting roads of this pretty hill-top town. The track hasn’t changed since that first race and it is one of the very few motor races to take place within the walls of a town, making it a race not to miss. The course itself is very demanding, twisting around the town ramparts and containing two right-angle bends and three hairpins.

Circuit des Remparts 2016 - Angouleme, Poitou-Charentes, France

The weekend starts on the Friday with the ‘Concours d’Elegance’ (Elegance Parade), at 8.45pm - Place du Champ de Mars, when owners get the chance to show off their gleaming cars – prizes are awarded for the best presented car and driver. The cars are parked throughout the town centre so it is a great opportunity to get close to them and talk to the owners before the more pressured race day.

Saturday is the day of the Charente International Rally, a leisurely affair with some 300 cars taking part. The route is released few days beforehand and includes a generous lunch stop at one of the sights of the area. The cars return to Angoulême late afternoon and there are great picnic stops along the way if you want to watch them pass.

Race day is Sunday and best watched from one of the stands but book your ticket early as they do sell out. More than 120 teams take part in the eight different classes making for a fascinating series of races with their fair share of spills and thrills throughout!

[+] Visit the Circuit des Remparts’ website for the detailed programme.

[+] Discover and plan your holiday to Angoulême

Watch the Circuit des remparts of Angoulême in video (2014 edition)

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