Make no mistake, this book is about the passion, passion and dream … Of the material also, of the scrap metal as saying some people.
It is the alchemy which connects the inventor, Anatole Lardy, to his admirers, in the sound of the powerful vibrations of his 2 strokes, mythical engines of the post-war years.
It is of course the family saga, the smells and the noises of the factory, the strong characters which are going to develop the company; day after day they will improve and produce this wonderful and fascinating engines.
The excitement of the races is sometimes at its maximum, the pilots face all the challenges, because they like and defend the colors of their idol: the brand Ydral.
Finally, it is the discovery of a club of enthusiasts whose work allow the preservation of these French heritage of the 50s and keep the memory of Anatole Lardy always alive.
At the heart of the motocycle world of the 50s
The history, the factory, the productions
60 brands-assemblers who adopted the engine YDRAL for their mopeds, light motorcycles, small cars, delivery tricycles and the improbable machines
Races and team YDRAL
Catherine-Sophie Bouillard, ex-business manager, happy grandmother of 5 grandchildren, granddaughter of Anatole Lardy, wished to make known the industrial, sports and family adventure of the company created by her grandfather, whom she has never known
Unconsciousness, the challenge… she had not imagined the route in which she made a commitment! If the beginnings were relatively easy with the history of the family, the continuation was unmistakably more difficult.
During these 4 years necessary for the realization of this book Catherine-Sophie Bouillard has, collected indefatigably documents, photos, anecdotes, explored promising tracks, made discoveries which nobody would have imagined, sometimes false, with, of course, moments of doubt, but she has never deviated from its initial project.
She tells us, with her alive style, the history of Ydral and the 70 brands which used this engine for machines intended for the daily travels as well as for races. She plunges us into the universe of these women and these men who instilled, after the war, the beginnings of our modern world.
Follow her in "post-war economic booms", and, more particularly in the 50s.
the engine YDRAL
for their vehicules.
250 and 300cm3 ENGINES
equipping mopeds, light,
small cars, delivery tricycles
and improbable machines...
90 MEMBERS IN
YDRAL FRANCE CLUB
Founded in 1990
and advice of mechanics.
IN BOL D'OR
The team YDRAL.
The talented pilots !
Size 25,8 x 25,8.
Sewn back hand.
Printed in France
CONTENT OF THE BOOK
" The beautiful and the great adventure of Ydral in these tempestuous years of post-war, was worth being written.
It's a whole piece of our still recent history and nevertheless almost unknown that recounts, with talent, the granddaughter of the manufacturer of these engines, Catherine-Sophie Bouillard. What a courage!
Bravo Catherine, thanks to your immense work, Ydral will not be forgotten."
Journalist, author and specialist of motor-
cycles " d'avant et d'après ", director of the website motorcycle-collection.org.
" That a such brunette, with her charming smile, distinguishes herself in our mechanical universe nothing surprising in that !
But what she speaks to you of cylinders, monotubes, pistons, scooters or Mochet C.M.Y, is somewhat surprising !
When you are born girl and granddaughter of engine constructors celebrate, it is the universe which cradle you along your life from the earliest days… "
Président of the Association « Bubblecars & Scooters en Bourgogne »,
« Lover of the engine Ydral ».
" The present work pays a just tribute, that of the granddaughter of Anatole Lardy, and it participates "to the refreshment" our suresnoise memory.
Catherine-Sophie Bouillard has achieved a remarkable inves-tigation to combine an incredible iconography of more than 750 photos and the story of her family and industrial saga with for the main "engine" the name of "passion". "
Mayor of Suresnes, Vice-president of the departmental Council of the Hauts-de-Seine.