The picturesque village of La Châtre was a regular venue for the European Formula 3 Championship during the early 1980s. It was a short part temporary, part permanent circuit that featured a paddock in the town square a mile away. Only 18 cars were permitted to start due to the short circuit length. La Châtre originally held a hillclimb during the 1920s and it was here that André Boillot was killed in 1932. That event was last held in 1954 and a street race was inaugurated two years later. Safety issues forced the full circuit to close in 1995 although it is still used for demonstration runs.