This Is How A Few 20-Somethings Are Creating A New School Of Classic Racing

The purpose behind the Classic Racing School is easy enough to glean from its name, but it provides more than just a way to learn the basics of driving on an old car around any old race track. The young French entrepreneur behind the project, Julien Chaffard, has created the only full-service curriculum for open-wheel racing enthusiasts looking to connect with the past as they build and hone their talents in vintage machines. We recently visited the school’s facilities near the central French city of Clermont-Ferrand to learn more about this unique program that Julien’s been dreaming up since his childhood.

Located just a few miles from Clermont-Ferrand, the birthplace of Michelin, the school hosts its events at the nearby Circuit de Charade when class is in session during more cooperative weather than we got on our latest visit during the holiday break. Even under a cover of snow, fans of Formula 1 history should be familiar with this legendary racetrack that was part of the championship calendar on and off between 1965 and 1972,