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Le Circuit des Ardennes

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Awaiting the rally Commemoration of « Le Circuit des Ardennes ». Every three years since 2002 a four days rally commemorates the first car race on a closed circuit, an initiative of Baron de Crawhez in 1902.
A revolutionary change in motor racing, soon followed by other important events such as the ”Coupe Gordon Bennett”, the Targa Florio and Francorchamps Circuit.  Eight vehicles, each representing a category of cars, will participate in the « Historic Circuit des Ardennes » will be exposed. Old visuals and posters will illustrate and explain this historical race.

The following cars will be exposed :
Renault 1902 -  Cadillac 1904 – Amilcar – DKW 193 – Delage 1936 – Ford Anglia 1958 – Citroën Traction 1955 – Chrysler Town & Country 1948.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of « Le Circuit des Ardennes », a unique and innovating race event in Europe,  a first commemorating rally has been organized in 2002.
All automobile races up to 1902 were organized from town to town in several stages. Baron Pierre de Crawhez, President of the Belgian Automobile Club these days, took this revolutionary initiative.

From 1902 to 1907, the “Circuit des Ardennes” became an international milestone in motor racing. A challenge for the drivers to go much faster, an opportunity for the public to watch the cars several times on the same place. The centre of the Commemoration of the « Circuit des Ardennes », settled in Bastogne, welcomes more than 500 cars since 2002, covering the whole period from 1902 until the seventies,  and historic motor cycles.

Many drivers come from neighbouring countries such as Luxemburg, Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain and the Netherlands. Important to know, the first Brussels Motor Show has been organised in 1902 in Autoworld under the name of “1er Salon de l’Automobile, du Cycle et du Sport". A new approach for this temporary exhibition at the national car museum Autoworld in Brussels.


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Parc du Cinquantenaire 11
1000 Brussels

Tel. : +32 2 736.41.65
Fax : +32 2 736.51.36

+32 2 736.41.65

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