The big parades

Being member of the association also gives the opportunity to participate in big official parades where the crowd is always enthusiast when watching all these vehicles, often spectacular, always historical. Béthunes, Arras, Paris suburbs and even the Champs Elysées are only a sample of the great parades to which UNIVEM has participated and continues to…

Paris Liberation, 1999 commemoration at the Jean Moulin museum in Montparnasse

 

An unusual sight : our vintage vehicles in the modern landscape of the Montparnasse railway station in Paris, with the magnificent garden covering the tracks below.

These buildings host the Jean Moulin museum, a historical figure of the French Resistance during WWII.

 (Sorry, pictures resolution is that of the time for digital cameras…)

 

Artistic experience in 2000

UNIVEM cooperated with artists in April 2000 and liberated a lot of space in its garage, then still at Issy-les-Moulineaux.  But more important, we gave permission to wrap completely the vehicles with aluminium foil.  An astonishing result, but rather convincing, even if there was no link whatsoever with our “pledge to remember”! A field of…

Some VIP visit us…

Sometimes the association is welcomed by some VIP, sometimes some VIP visit us in our premises. Hugues Auffray, a well known and very popular singer in France, has been a member of our association for great many years : Hugues is found of these American vehicles.  He comes regularly to visit us and did not…

Pinguins in our garage ?

The preservation of polar exploration vehicles of famous French explorer Paul-Emile Victor included a sequence at UNIVEM where they got prepared for the big yearly exhibition in Paris : “Retromobile” big vehicle is a “modern” « Hotchkiss » HB40, the small one is a WWII Studebaker Weasel M29C (see “Association vehicles”) Paul-Emile Victor hears in 1947 that…