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Classic racing at Linkoping, Sweden - Europe's version of "Mid-Ohio"


Alfredo Talin travelled from his home in Italy in August to attend this event, which combines classic motocross and roadracing on the one weekend at the one complex. Seems like a fantastic event and Alfredo sent us a few words and photos.

Situated 200km due south of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is one of the most complete and biggest race complexes for two and four wheel motor sports fans in Sweden.

The name of the city is Linkoping, also well known throughout the world for the brand of SAAB.

Buried in the countryside of the City of Linkoping lays "Motorstadion", a vast site for two wheels motor sport containing tracks for motocross, enduro trial, speedway and road racing.

This spectacular event called Classic racing, started in 1975 as a ten year celebration for MCHK (The Swedish Motorcycle Historical Club) and the local motor sport club's (Linkopings MS) fifty year celebration. After that it came back every five years, but after the "20-Year race" it has become so popular that it was decided to run it each year.

Over 550 competitors participate each year in all racing categories and over 3000 spectators enter the event each year.

The event is held every year on the first week-end of August and in conjunction with the European vintage championship for motocross in Sweden with the aim to promote more participants for the motocross-section to this particular event.

The event starts out during Saturday with practice and two heats per class, and on Sunday with practice and one heat per class.

The motocross event itself is divided into a number of classes:

This year more than 200 riders and bikes participated at the motocross races with all kind of dirt bikes from a BSA of 1953 to Husqvarna from 1984. Among them several historic brands suchas AJS, Bultaco, BSA, Can-Am, CZ, Husqvarna, HVA, Jawa, Matchless, Maico, Monark, Montesa, the Japanese brands Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki and the Italians Ancillotti, AIM, Simonini, in the 50 cc class, The 50cc class is a new class, now in its second year.

About 50 riders raced in the speedway event, mostly with Jawas and Weslakes and another 50 riders were in the Trial course, divided into four classes, mostly on British, Spanish and Japanese bikes.

The event has been smoothly organized and the sun shined all three days for the pleasure of visitors and rider's wives, present on the camping site inside the motorstadium.

For a vision of European vintage motocross, this is the place to go for a splendid week-end!

The official web sites are www.lms.se and www.classicmx.se .
Pictures of the motocross races are shown at this link: