Photographer: Balint Porneczi
Photographer: Balint Porneczi

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
Waiting to Race
Waiting to Race

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

Compact Power
Compact Power

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

Finish Flag
Finish Flag
Foot Soldiers
Foot Soldiers

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

Focus
Focus
Racing
Racing
The Pit Lane
The Pit Lane

Drivers pause during a speed race.

Parts
Parts

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

Exhaust
Exhaust

This is a Yamaha T7700.

Engine Block
Engine Block

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

At the Race
At the Race
Unloading
Unloading

A vintage BMW motorcycle is brought to the tarmac.

A Handmade Saddle
A Handmade Saddle
Racing
Racing

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

The Final Lap
The Final Lap