Wednesday, 30 May 2012

La Vie en Bleu Report 2012

This Weekend the Bugatti Owners Club ran their annual La Vie en Bleu event, filling the hill with all things French including Can Can dancers and accordion players. I attended on the Sunday with a brie and grape sandwich to sketch some French modes of transport.

Bugatti (ink sketch)



 Velo Solex 
(digitally painted ink sketch)



Having sketched a Cymota earlier in the year I grabbed the chance to sketch the French original.

Renault 17 Gordini
(digitally painted ink sketch)



1955 Renault Frigate
(digitally painted ink sketch)



At this time French car makers were making a lot of cars under licence in an American style. The Frigate was on the market as the same time as the DS and so sales suffered. THis is the only one running in the country, it is in a way an ugly design but there is something about that, that caught my eye enough to get the sketchbook out.


Citro├źn Ami 6 Club estate
(digitally painted ink sketch) 

This was a very strange car to sketch I'm not sure what it was about it but it definitely threw me and some of the perspective has gone way off but I still like this piece in a weird way. 

Bugatti 57c
 
 An extremely beautiful car, the lines on this version are very elegant, especially at the back.

 1909 Leon Peugeot Voiturette Racer


I've been waiting a long time to see this car as sketched it from photographs a while back. It was taken up the hill on the Saturday and I wish I'd been there to see it. The massive single cylinder must sound incredible.

I tried sketching this Amilcar twice and it kept going up the hill every time  so heres a couple of photos.


 Panhard Levassor 
 GN, V8 J.A.P.
This was the first time I've seen this, other than the plethora of photographs on the internet. This build is so well put together all the little details make it very convincing as an original.

 GN Racer

 GN Racer engine closeup

 Delahaye

1983 "A" Citroen LNA
One lady owner till 2010 57k miles £495 plus road fund licence. Described as a "Bargin" I'm tempted to agree.


 There were a few Citroen DS's at the event always a pleasure to see.


La Vie en Bleu was yet another great day out at Prescott, there are still plenty of events still to run this year, at the home of the Bugatti Owners Club and I urge you to take the time to visit. Please go the Bugatti Owners Club website for more information on upcoming events:

www.bugatti.co.uk


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