A host of historic machines took to the roads of northern France recently. Check out the Kings of Laon in our gallery
9 June 2017

For the past 26 years the French town of Laon has hosted one of the best classic car weekends in Europe.

With a 100-mile road run on the Saturday (this year taking in the derelict Reims circuit pits), a display on the Sunday morning and the chance to hoof it around the town’s streets on the Sunday afternoon, the Circuit Historique de Laon is a petrolhead’s dream.

This year's event was themed 'German cars in the spotlight', with a focus on pre-1987 Auto Union and Porsche machinery. But the field of around 800 cars came from a whole range of makes and countries and included a whole raft of rarities.

Check out the gallery for some of the finest machines from the event. Go full screen for the full glory.

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10 June 2017
Laon is all very well, but check out Angouleme's Rallye des Remparts in September which has been going for longer and is bigger and IMHO better.

11 June 2017
Plenty of magnificent machines pictured here, the Stag, 402, Griffith, Vitesse and Longchamp are particularly desirable. Also the Lancias are fabulous, I've never understood why so many petrolheads go mad for Alfas yet Lancia is comparatively underrated. I could go mad with my fantasy lottery win among such a selection.

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11 June 2017
The French classic scene looks a lot more fun than the stuffy British scene where the majority of men look like disciples of Nigel Farage and the cars are perpetually polished to within an inch of their lives until it's time to cash in.

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