Photographer: Balint Porneczi
Cars & Bikes

France's Annual Cafe Racer Festival Brings Vintage Bikes to Historic Track

For the fourth year, motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world gathered at the racetrack at Linas-Montlhéry, a few miles south of Paris, to showcase vintage and custom bikes as part of the annual Cafe Racer Festival. Over the course of two days in June, the autodrome, which is nearly 100 years old, saw hundreds of bikes cross its tarmac. Photographs by Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

  1. Waiting to Race
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    Waiting to Race

    These are entrants in a vintage race, one of multiple events throughout the weekend.

  2. Compact Power
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    Compact Power

    A driver sits on his BMW R 100 RS motorcycle before the vintage rally. 

  3. Finish Flag
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    Finish Flag

  4. Foot Soldiers
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    Foot Soldiers

    Drivers wait in line ahead of the "Moto-Classic" race.

  5. Focus
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    Focus

  6. Racing
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    Racing

  7. The Pit Lane
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    The Pit Lane

    Drivers pause during a speed race.

  8. Parts
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    Parts

    Vendors of vintage auto parts showcase their wares at the rally.

  9. Exhaust
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    Exhaust

    This is a Yamaha T7700.

  10. Engine Block
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    Engine Block

    This is a portion of a Harley-Davidson "Michelin Black Wheel" edition motorbike on display at the Harley-Davidson stand.

  11. At the Race
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    At the Race

  12. Unloading
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    Unloading

    A vintage BMW motorcycle is brought to the tarmac.

  13. A Handmade Saddle
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    A Handmade Saddle

  14. Racing
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    Racing

    A driver on a vintage Ducati Desmo competes in the vintage race.

  15. The Final Lap
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    The Final Lap