The Annual Rallye International Charente was held in glorious weather last weekend, starting and finishing in the centre of the historic city of Angouleme.195_BFB_8792The Rallye is a feast of nostalgia for anyone who admires old vehicles of any motive power.

 

Charente Rallye Bike01 copy_600x438Almost anything with wheels is welcome either on the International  Rallye itself or on the associated “Rallye des Clubs” where car clubs individual for specific marques follow the same route as the International.

Even the Gendarmerie and the Sapeurs et Pompiers get into character and escort the event in period costume and in/on period vehicles.Gendarmerie01 copy Gendarmerie02 copy Sapeur-Pompiers02 copyThe participants drove the route of about 180kms in 2 stages with a lunch break at Le Cloitre in Chalais.227_59In the evening after their return the Concourse de Elegance took place under a clear starlit sky in the centre of historic Angouleme.

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