Angouleme Circuit des Remparts et le Rallye de Charente
Every third weekend in September, Angouleme hosts the Circuit des Remparts, the historic street race which was first run in 1939 around the ramparts of the old city. From Friday through to Sunday evening the city is teeming with people and historic and classic cars, many of which (the cars) will be racing on the Sunday. Other cars are brought along by enthusiasts to be admired in the Champ de Mars, and many of those will have taken part in the rally on the Saturday. Here is a selection of photos taken on the rallies 2006 – 2009, around Angoulême, and from various race days.
2006 – on the podium at the end of the rally in Place de Victor Hugo
Andy and his Triumph Vitesse on the podium
2007 – Andy’s TR4A IRS and the Jag ready to leave for the rally
Chris and Andy at the Geant carpark waiting for the off…
We’re off too…
A rather nice shot of Mark’s Land Crab driving over the Charente
Rally lunch hosted by the Cognac airbase
2008 – look at the polish on these two! Richard’s Fiat 500 joined us on the rally
Lunch stop at Chateau Hennessey, Cognac – it’s incredible how many people turn up to look at the cars along the route
Richard and Lawrie finishing the rally
Team Angoulême 2008
2009 Rally – Richard brought his Volvo … along
2009 – it was my turn to drive in the rally in the Citroën DS23ie
Here is just a selection of the many cars that took part in the rallies:
Sunday is race day:
Believe it or not, the road on the left is the start/finish straight
Ignore me and Lindi, the point of this photo is, we are walking through the paddock
Prepping for the race
Getting ready for the race
Waiting for their race
The Porsche race starts
Looking down at the ramparts track
People showcase their cars throughout the streets of the city:
Showing up the porsches…
I’m not really a petrol head, so if anyone can identify the cars shown here, please post a comment so I can update this post.
And finally, the icing on the cake for us:
This photo was taken of us on the 2008 rally, and we were chuffed to bits to see that we were on the cover of the 2009 rally book!
Looking for accommodation for the Circuit des Remparts weekend? And perhaps the opportunity to drive a French classic on the rally – find out about hiring one of our classic cars when staying here.