French fancies – and a gorgeous Belgian Lady!

Ian Kerr MBE reports on another wonderful Tour du Calvados for pre-1965 classic motorcycles in Normandy, where reminders of the D-Day landings are all around, and in which great bikes, great company and great riding are always assured.

If you need an example of a club that puts on events that not only attract local attention, but are also so good that people come from all over Europe to take part in them, look no further than the Retro Moto Cote De Nacre club based in Luc-sur-Mer on the French coast.

This glamorous Antwerp-built 1931 Lady was one of the most eye-catching entries in this year’s Tour du Calvados. The machines used a variety of British engines.

The general area is classed as the Calvados region and named after the local brew, and every year the club runs a four-day event called the Tour du Calvados that explores this region of Normandy.

Now in its sixth year, the event gets bigger each time as fans of pre-1965 classic machines turn up to explore the countryside that’s just packed with history, especially from the Second World War.

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