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Story and Photos by ITN European Reporter Herve’ Rebollo

Bonjour à toi American Rider,

Some time ago, I called my road mate Philippe to suggest him a ride to Normandy. We took our bikes (a Street glide and a Slim) and we went to  …Utah Beach and on our way we made a (large) go-round to take some pictures of a … TIGER.2

Here’s some words about this ride.


At the end of the Battle of Normandy, the little town (almost a village) of Vimoutiers  was used as a rally  point for all the retreating German units that had managed to escape from the Falaise Gap. Though most of these units were depleted, some tanks made their way to this point. Many were abandoned for some reasons, but most often due to a lack of fuel. On August 19 of 1944, one Panzer III, several Panzer IV and Tigers and even one Köenigstigerwere scattered around Vimoutiers. Panther_ArgentanOn Sunday, August 20th, the decisive stage of the Battle of Normandy is coming to an end. The Falaise pocket , where the German forces are surrounded, is on the point of being wiped out. On august 21st, five German tanks, which have succeeded in breaking out, take up position in the Guerquesalles area. One of them, Tiger Type E No. 231, heading for Vimoutiers, is immobilized shortly before entering the town ; it has probably run out of fuel. In a curve in the middle of the road, the Tiger had been abandoned by its crew. Just before moving by foot to the East, they tried to blow it up by setting explosives against both turret and engine, but to no avail. The explosion had poor or no effect. When liberating the town on Tuesday , august 22, Canadians from the Black Watch, 2nd Infantry Division, cleared the way by pushing it down in a ditch along the road. The tank laid there until October 1975, when a rescue operation got it out and set it as a monument. It’s said that another Tiger has been buried in a big hole of the road, by civilian engineers, about the same point. This tiger tank, of which only one more exists in France, was purchased by the town, restored and put on its present site. It has been under preservation order as a historical monument since 1975. Related to different books, this panzer belonged to Schweres Panzer-Abteilung 503 or II SS PanzerKorps. Actually, units that retreated from Falaise gap were so mixed and scattered that it’s a real challenge to identify precisely where came this tank from.



The Vimoutiers Tiger tank is in the middle of Camembert Cheese Country. After you have looked at the Tiger set your Sat-Nav to the village of Camembert. Visit the Camembert Museum and see how this famous cheese is made then afterwards go to the shop on the other side of the road for free cheese tasting. For the tank enthusiasts you have to search for the Camembert Cheese label that has a Renault FT tank on the front that was stuck on Cheeses supplied to the French troops at the front in WW1. Camembert is an enchanting southern Normandy village as well as a very famous Normandy cheese. With its timber-frame farms built on lush green slopes, the village presents a wonderful image of typical Normandy countryside. Of course Camembert cheese takes centre stage for visitors to the place.7

Camembert is a commune in the Orne department in north-western France. It is the place where camembert cheese originated. Camembert has been called “The largest small village in France.” This is because the area of the commune itself is out of proportion to the center of the village which consists of the Cheese Museum (in the shape of a Camembert cheese), the Town Hall (Mairie), the Church of St Anne, the Ferme Président (a museum), Beamoncel (the house where Marie Harel, the creator of camembert cheese lived) and 3 other small houses. The rest of the commune is scattered over 10 km2 (2,500 acres).12

This Tiger is known as LE TIGRE DE VIMOUTIERS. The place is really appreciated by bikers who like to come here by little roads of Normandy to “shoot the Tiger” with their camera and have a good restaurant. From Paris, it’s about 3 hours on great charming roads (a 300km round trip ride, perfect for a sunny Saturday  /Sunday).      9

So, next time you’re in France, I’ll take you to Vimoutiers and Camembert.

We’ll eat the Tiger and shoot the Camembert, or more or less something like that … don’t worry, in any case it will be a blast!!!1113

See ya soon on the Norman roads …who knows?

Hervé, your French biker friend.

SCMR2020 Announces Ten Starting Point

Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride Announces Ten Starting Locations for 2020 Ride 

Three West Coast cities and seven other starting locations highlight the ride into Washington D.C.11

Nov 30, 2017 Los Angeles, CA: The Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride (SCMR2020) is announcing the ten cities that will be the starting points for the ride into Washington, D.C. honoring the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Constitutional Amendment. The female and couple-centric ride will start open registrations in 2018 for ten different routes that will all converge into Washington, D.C. in August of 2020 to celebrate American women’s right to vote in elections and honor the Suffragette movement that led the charge.

The primary route will start in San Francisco CA, with Los Angeles CA and Portland OR being the other full cross-country routes that will each take approximately three weeks. Other cities that will be starting points for shorter routes include Denver CO, Milwaukee WI, Dallas TX, Atlanta GA, New York NY, and Orlando FL. The New York and Orlando routes will curve west before merging into the primary east-bound trunk into D.C.

Several of the self-guided tours will incorporate adventure bike appropriate sections as well. “My passion for the past decade has been adventure riding,” says Alisa Clickenger, SCMR2020 co-producer. “Given the stunning beauty and remote areas of the country, and the many new full-size and exciting ‘light ADV’ models being introduced to the market, we know that there will be an interest in these beautiful touring opportunities with newfound sisters.”

SCMR2020 is also excited to announce our first support sponsors in Butler Maps and the Rever mobile application. Both will collaborate on creating the ten routes into Washington D.C. Their extensive experience with tens of thousands of miles scouted and amazing portable navigation and rider community technology will be an important element as we formulate routes to be as entertaining and dynamic as possible. The combination of SCMR2020, Butler Maps and the Rever app will deliver an exceptional tour for self-guided as well as fully guided riders on the tour.

Each route will all have unique stops and historical features relating to the Suffrage Movement, historical women in motorcycling, and of course the 19th US Constitutional Amendment. The epic beauty of the country will reveal itself as each individual tour group merges with others as they head East, with entertaining secondary meet-ups in cities such as Sturgis SD, St. Louis MO, Raleigh SC and Columbus OH. Final routes and timings will be confirmed in 2018 following extensive scouting by the SCMR2020 team.

SCMR2020 is working with ride route management, media teams, OEM’s interest in route hosting, and unique staffing needs for each route’s kick-off event and of course the final reception in Washington, D.C. Several partner organizations and female riding groups have connected with the team to participate in the ride. With 2.5 years to fine-tune the event, SCMR2020 is destined to become the most influential motorcycle ride in 2020.

SCMR2020 was envisioned to inspire women to choose to ride in an epic journey alongside other women and couples who aspire to challenge themselves as well as to respect and honor history. Riders and future riders can sign up for an email list at www.centennialride.com (please enable pop-up windows). Interested organizations, potential sponsors and media can connect via info@centennialride.com.

Ongoing news, rider training links, route maps, stories and features about inspiring female riders will be added to the website in the coming months.

 The Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride is presented by Women’s Motorcycle Tours, a Limited Liability Company. We recommend that all riders join the American Motorcyclist Association and enjoy the benefits of membership. SCMR2020 media and sponsorship inquires can be directed toinfo@centennialride.com

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