In Yzeure (Allier), slowness and nostalgia at full velocity … in Solex

Uh! Solex years! Do you keep in mind? Joël Auvray remembers her. Nostalgia if you maintain us. This member of the Solex Membership of Puy-de-Dôme doesn’t deny: “Sure, that is proper, there’s nostalgia, he asserts. For me, Solex is the image of the fantastic thirties. Particularly from the seventies, there was freedom, neglect now not exists. I lived them properly! “.

As we speak, Joel Overy drives slowly. So in Solex. This resident of Riom, 56, has an important choice. Ten bikes. Along with eleven. However that is off-label: “It is my canine… His title is Solex!” “.

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Moreover Joel Ofray, there’s Jan Brinkat. Joel line. Additionally loopy about Solex. Member of Solex Membership in Puy-de-Dôme additionally. A set of ten Solex too. Jean has a 72 pin clock and an intact flame. OK. However why Solex? Just because this humorous machine is just not used to save lots of time for him. However to lose: “You will not go quick, Solex! I am driving quietly. I’ve time to benefit from the panorama.”

“We do not care about velocity!”

On the streets of Clermont-Ferrand, Jean additionally takes benefit of the folks: “They know me and I do know Solex. They greet me and smile at me. I’m typically shocked. And it is not that I am going for 2 hours. It is as a result of they’re completely happy to see Solex.”

Organized by the Pétochons du Bourbonnais, the eighth version of Eurosolexine runs on Sunday 5 and Monday 6 June in Yzeurespace, in Yzeure (free entry). Extra info at

Whereas all the pieces can go quick (additionally), Joel and Jean commend the sluggish. Do not be in a rush. A sure philosophy of life. A option to dwell at your individual tempo. Chilly / phlegm. exterior the fields. The highways of existence are lightning quick. A thousand leagues of open sprints, from unrestricted air pollution to carbon monoxide:

Sure, who cares about velocity! Helps Joël Auvray. We take the time. Take the time, proper? What hurries us? I do not know when issues began to noticeably go downhill…possibly from the ’80s, when cash actually turned king.

“I do not dwell in time”

Joel prefers the 60s so much: “The Magic Years! Briefly, I do not dwell in time. It is also a mechanics story: “We’re speaking about Solex, however we are able to speak about automobiles…Have you ever seen the face of automobiles at present?! They don’t have any soul. All of them look alike prior to now, we have recognized them by their cabin scent, their tempo, and the noise of their engine.”

250 solex lovers from throughout Europe are anticipated to attend the eighth version of Eurosolexine in Yzeure (Allier)

In accordance with his followers, Solex appears to him because the antithesis of standardization. Large Mosquito mannequin, saddlebags, and a gang-shaped motor are up entrance. And to listen to it: Uniquely counterproductive! For Roland Vandroux, a Solexist from Tournus (Saône-et-Loire), all is properly at Solex. In his household, this retired mechanic is not the one one who thinks this.

At Eurosolexine, Roland and his spouse are accompanied by their daughter, husband and 14-year-old granddaughter. Three generations of Solexists: “That is what we love about Eurosolexine! The environment is exclusive. Everybody talks to one another, smiles and understands one another simply. ”

“There may be friendship, maybe even love,” suggests Raymond Blancher, one other relentless … or when Solex is born, the embodiment of a finite mechanism, limitless humanity.

Antoine Delacco’s textual content

Footage of Francois Xavier Guton

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