May 4th & 5th 2019, 22nd Old School Swap Meet Mecrin/France
Tekst & photo's Horst "Motographer" Roesler
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calculation always paid off: The first Sunday of May is "Old School time" at Mecrin/France. And the chance for good weather was and is fifty/fifty – just about.
For most of its time a one-day (Sunday) event only, the concept was expanded after the 20th Anniversary two years ago, as many riders already arrived for the weekend on friday or Saturday anyway. The neccessity to supply them with food and drinks asked for the change – and there are – given fine and fair weather – some great roads to ride along the Meuse river and into Argonne Forest, Nancy or the Battlefields of World War 1, which blasted away the landscape in the hilltops just above Mecrin.
As the weather was not living up to the usual charme of the first weekend in May, the rainy Saturday saw very little visitors and even the swap meet participants kept their booths closed for the morning and half of the afternoon. Riders from South Germany, traversing snow-covered Vosges passes and even Holland, where the rare snow usually means total traffic collapse arrived with frozen hands and feet, arrived wet to the bone. Fortunately, the fires were already burning to welcome the riders and warm them up! Only after 2 pm, saturday afternoon, the rain cleared and even the sun made occassional appearances.
White frost crystals on the plants signalled a freezing night, at least for those who bothered to sleep at all, if not partying into the early hours around the campfires or in the Boozefighter clubhouse.
Under these conditions, swap business did not start until late morning – and hot coffee sales topped everything else. Sunday afternoon, Mecrin was back on track: Chopper's and Bobbers rolling in from all directions, the "Chopperfreakers" from Pont á Mousson paying a visit, their own event coming up 22nd/23rd of June, always a great parade of Swedenstyle Choppers riding into town.
Text & Fotos: Horst Roesler