Created by Eugène Mauve in 1922 as half of the Association of Former Military Motorcyclists (AAMM), the Bol d’Or is an endurance competitors. The competitors takes its title from an endurance race on a bicycle observe that was invented in 1894 by a specialist newspaper.
The prize awarded to the winner was a bronze bowl supplied by Chocolats Menier. The first version was held on the clay observe of Vaujours (5.1 km – between Clichy-sous-Bois and Livry-Gargan). Only one pilot was entered per machine. When we speak about endurance …
Saint-Germain en Laye, then Montlhéry
Before the Second World War, competitors resumed in 1923 on the Loges circuit, then on that of the metropolis. French manufacturers like Monet-Goyon or Jonghi succeed Motosacoche. The winner’s common went from 58 to 84 km / h in 1936. In 1937, the Linas-Montlhéry circuit noticed the victory of Norton, then, the following 12 months, that of Robert Tinoco’s Harley-Davidson. In 1939, Motobécane received the occasion, the final earlier than 1947. After the finish of the battle, Saint-Germain en Laye as soon as once more hosted the Bol d’Or. And that is the first victory for “Tatave”.
“Tatave”, report holder of the Bol
Gustave Lefèvre, often known as “Tatave”, is a determine of the Bowl; which he has received seven instances, together with 5 instances alone using a Norton Manx. From 1954, a crew of two pilots took turns. The two following victories, he shares them with Georges Briand, at all times on Norton. Two different drivers shall be topped seven instances: Dominique Sarron on Honda (6 instances) then Suzuki and Vincent Philippe (7 instances on Suzuki); however they share the handlebars with two different pilots.
Montlhéry, sad temple of the Bol d’Or
Between 1952 and 1960, pre-war bikes gave method to extra environment friendly machines together with Moto Guzzi and BMW. The competitors takes place on the 6.3 km circuit of the autodrome, taking half of the velocity ring. The interval is dominated by English machines. Several international manufacturing facility groups take part: German BMW (flat twin of 500 cm3), Czechoslovakian on Jawa and the Austrian group Puch who every obtain a victory. Unfortunately, poorly served, too removed from Paris, Montlhéry was not in style and the Bol d’Or died out for 9 years.
1969, 12 months … of renewal
The arrival of Japanese bikes alerts the revival of motorbike racing. It coincides with the arrival of a legendary monster: the Honda 750 four-cylinder four-stroke. A 12 months which additionally sees the arrival of the Kawasaki 500 H1. Great machines that come to face the Europeans. In Montlhéry, it’s the Laverda 750 manufacturing facility of André-Luc Appietto which is given favourite by the bookmakers. On September 13, 1969 at 3 p.m., 54 machines from 250 to 750 cm3 took the begin, led by the manufacturing facility Honda CR 750 n ° 61 pushed by Michel Rougerie and Daniel Urdich.
“THE” race of Michel Rougerie
It’s wet. The favourite Laverda in addition to the three Kawasaki are experiencing mechanical issues. Michel Rougerie and Daniel Urdich (19 years outdated every) will triumph. It was a sequence of luck that acquired them there. Each in flip, Michel and Daniel satisfied Japauto’s industrial director to rent a “seven and a half” for the Bol. A motorcycle was hurriedly ready, however the day earlier than the begin, they found an official 750. An actual beast. However, it was not all really easy. The two pilots are sorely missing in expertise and Urdich refuses a stint at dusk and in the rain. A Kawasaki took the lead once more however Michel Rougerie doubled his stints and returned to first place. He will not let go.