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From december 1st
to december 6
th, 2015

paris expo porte de versailles

The “cycle” (when referring to both bicycles and motorcycles) first appeared in 1901 when the Grand Palais hosted the annual Show called “The International Motor, Cycle and Sports Exhibition”. At the Grand Palais the motorcycles were usually displayed in the Balcony galleries..

In 1926, the exhibition became the « Motor, Cycle and Sports Show ». From 1933, bicycles and motorcycles were only exhibited even years. In 1937, as the Grand Palais had become too small, the Invalides annex of the Show, located at the corner of the Quai d’Orsay and the rue Falbert, welcomed the bicycle and motorcycle section of the exhibition.
After an interruption due to World War II, the Show was back on track in 1946. In 1950, the Show had really outgrown the Grand Palais. Therefore bicycles and motorcycles were moved to the Porte de Versailles with industrial vehicles.


In 1951, the Show became the « Motor, Cycle and Motorcycle Show »..

From 1974, on even years the Motor Show was called the "Motor and Motorcycle Show". In 1977, it was decided that the Motor Show would be organized every two years. The Cycle and Motorcycle Show was created and took place on odd years until 1985. Motorcycles were part of the Motor and Motorcycle Show on even years until 1986. In 1993, the Motorcycle Show and the Cycle Show came together and became the “International Two-wheel Show”. For the first time it took place in Building 1, the most prestigious building of the Paris Exposition Park located at Porte de Versailles, and covered a 55,000 m2 area.


In 2003, as the number of exhibitors and visitors kept increasing, the Motorcycle Show was organized on its own in Hall 1 whereas the Cycle Show was set in Hall 3. That same year the Motorcycle Show celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Harley Davidson thanks to a special tribute exhibition. The International Two-wheel Show welcomed a record number of 415,168 visitors. In 2009, the financial crisis and its economic consequences led to the cancellation of the Motorcycle Show.

The special exhibitions have been: “The History of Piaggio” in 2001, “100 years of Harley Davidson” in 2003, “Motorcycles and the Cinema” in 2007, “Star Motorcycles and Scooters” in 2011.

In 2011, the Show became « the Paris Motorcycle, Scooter and Quad Show ». It was a long expected return and the Show welcomed a very large number of visitors and also attracted the Media with almost 1,400 journalists from 24 countries. 

In 2013, the success was huge. This major motorcycle event was marked by the considerable number of tryouts performed on the tracks. Stadium : more than 600 tests and an outstanding success for Stunt demos, Supermotard, dance and acrobatic motorcycle; CRS- Gema track: more than 1 000 tests; Mini-motorcycle: 800 tests. Fun, training and safety were the master words of the Show. The public and the media rushed to discover more than 140 news.



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