Route de Clairefontaine

14800 TOURGEVILLE

Designed by architects Jean Papet, author of several houses in Neuilly-sur-Seine, and André Rimbert, designer of the stands and the racecourse of Maisons-Laffitte, the Clairefontaine racecourse has a Norman style combining concrete and half-timbering.

Its regional inspiration is enhanced by the profusion of flowers decorating the façades, leading this place to be called “racecourse with 100,000 flowers” about 50 years ago by Léon Zitrone!

Admire the Salle des pas perdus situated under the stands with a ceiling decorated with concrete beams that seems to be made in wood.

STORY
The success of the Deauville-La Touques first racecourse led the municipality to consider building a second racecourse in 1875. It was built in Pont l’Evêque.

Found to be to far away from Deauville, it was moved to Clairefontaine where the City had acquired some lands in 1924. It was inaugurated on August 8, 1928, then enlarged in 1936 with the creation of a steeple-chase track and a flat track.

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