Blimey a bit frightening reading your thread,because we most certainely have crossed paths as some time,I actually went to a couple of Bol d' Ors when it was still at Le-Mans in the seventies,and when asked why the hell do we still go answered by 'Anything else to do in april'!!.
Untill P+O bailed out of the Portsmouth/Le-Havre route thats the way we've always gone,over the bridge at the Pont deTancarville and then it's gung ho,through Lisieux/Vimoutiers coming out onto the Rouen/Alencon road at Gace and stop at the bikers relay at Sees.
We now go Brittainy Portsmouth/St Malo and have found a back roads run to Sees,last year they produced a camera crew as they couldn't beleave we go out of our way for the coffee and cake,although we are now informed they have tea for the Roast Beef !!
I'm not in love with Magny Cours,we also went to the last Bol at the Ricard,having been at the Assen WSB the week before and then went on to Valencia for the very first GP,I digress!! and hence flatly refuse to go to the Bol till it's back at the Ricard,we may have a wait!!.
Next year will be interesting as all the dates have been swapped about, Le-Mans 24 in september,doesn't sound right e'h,but before all the hotels worked out what was going on,the folk we meet in the same hotel every year clued us up and we managed to beat the system and book before they put the price up.
If your still interested in that kind of thing,check the dates,first weekend in July is the Spa Classic which includes a 4 hour endurance race for pre 1990 bikes(it's serious),along with demo's of other vintage stuff,we went this year it's very special,would you beleave best pre 90 endurance bike is a Guzzi
If you ever saw a guy on a green Goldwing,flat bars/race seat/mag wheels and 4/1,KOP3P
My earliest photo on the Tiger 1973 on a 750 H2 two stroke striple on the way down to Rodez,it took 16 hours,my backside has never been the same since