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Vehicles of the Caravan of the Tour de France in the 1950s and ’60s

Old 01-03-17, 07:48 PM
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Vehicles of the Caravan of the Tour de France in the 1950s and ’60s

Recently I followed a Tumblr link and arrived at a French hot rod and custom car forum. It has a thread for the wacky advertising vehicles that accompanied the Tour de France in the 1950s and 1960s, any of which I would love to have. There may be a couple of vehicles that don’t belong (e.g. the Wienermobile passing the Washington Monument), but they’re all great.

Les véhicules de la Caravane du Tour de France 1950's & 1960's
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Very cool!
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I enjoyed the link; good stuff.
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Very cool!


In '95 I did a cycling trip built around the Giro. The advertising caravan was fun to watch roll through, although nothing as elaborate as what's shown in those photos. The best one was for the cheese Grana Padano. There was a large, flatbed trailer with a huge (fake) wheel of cheese on it. But nothing beat seeing Marco Pantani out for a spin as we were riding to a stage finish at the Bianchi factory. He was riding in the opposite direction wearing his full Carrera kit complete with those hideous, fake denim shorts. He was sitting out the Giro that year after being injured in a crash while training and was healing up for the TdF.


In 2013 I was cycling in Italy and was fortunate enough to see the start of the Giro's last stage. It started in an industrial park. The riders rolled out of a pasta factory up to the starting line.
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Almost makes me want to drive...thanks.
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Oh, the days of no safety standards for vehicles. Cool to see what imagination can do when not limited!
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Love it!
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Thanks for the link! Some of those vehicles were pretty wild - I'm assuming the Hoovers were vacuums, and Butagaz was butane.
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Love historical photos like this. Thanks for posting.
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Very cool! Thanks for posting the link.
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Odd,

And I was expecting something more like this.



So, the older TDFs must have been almost like a parade.
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Great link, thanks! I love those old corrugated Citroën trucks and 2CVs.
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