Jean-Marie Guivarc’h has been sending his sketches and watercolors to The Vintagent for a few years now, which are primarily automotive, but he’s a man of broad tastes, and makes evocative sketches of motorcycles as well. These notebook pages were drawn at the LeMans race circuit last Sunday during the ‘Bidon 2 Litres’ event, which he explains below.
In the artist’s words: “I’m sending you three drawings of old French motorcycles. The first is a Dollar 350cc ohv with an Imperial side-car…two famous names in France. [some Americans saw the Dollar 4-cylinder machine at the Art of the Motorcycle exhibit at the Guggenheim].
The second is an FN with a Bernardet side-car; perhaps it is the oldest Bernardet with a very rare body (1925 or 1926), with only two survivors and one in the USA! The first owner was a sailor…[I know the very sidecar; it was part of the Good Olde Days collection, where I found my 1965 Velocette Thruxton. We called the Bernardet the ‘Captain Nemo’ sidecar! I believe it was hitched to an FN as well?]
The last motorcycle is a Styl’son with a 250cc JAP engine; this bike was bought during the 1970’s but was restored in 2000. The owner was in University originally and had no money to restore it back then. I have made these sketches during the ‘Bidon 2 Litres’ event, Sunday 25th of April at Le Mans. It is an economy run with only two liters of petrol; of course, the winner has the most economical engine! It was a great pleasure to meet the owners, to speak with them and to discover these wonderfull motorcycles.