These early volunteers experienced the beginnings of the Saint-Vincent-des-Landes autocross

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The 50th edition of the Saint-Vincent-des-Landes autocross is in full swing this weekend, Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5. For half a century, the organization has been run by volunteers, some of whom have been there since the beginning, with their share of memories.

Gérard Chapeau (left) and André Roul (right), long-time volunteers, experienced the very first years of the Saint-Vincent-des-Landes autocross (Loire-Atlantique). | WEST FRANCE


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  • Gérard Chapeau (left) and André Roul (right), long-time volunteers, experienced the very first years of the Saint-Vincent-des-Landes autocross (Loire-Atlantique). | WEST FRANCE

Fifty-one years these two have been gravitating around the Bernard-Seiller circuit, in Saint-Vincent-des-Landes (Loire-Atlantique). In 1973, the year the Vincentian autocross was created (buggy and sprint car races), Gérard Chapeau (now 76 years old) and André Roul (84 years old) joined the organization and became volunteers. A sign that times have changed, “in 1973, women were banned from going to the pilot park”where the cars are installed when they are not racing on the circuit.

Read also: The Saint-Vincent-des-Landes autocross celebrates its 50th edition: half a century of speed…

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