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Vaillante

France, 1997 -
Filed under:  Companies
 
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Vaillante was in the beginning a French transporting company. They also created their own trucks and cars, and decided to enter the Formula 1, with Michel Vaillant, the son of Henri, as their pilot. The chief designer of Vaillante is Jean-Pierre, the elder brother of Michel.


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The Vaillante logo is very similar to that of actual French auto maker Matra.

Vaillante has a large following in France and Belgium, and there are many toy models of Vaillante cars available, based on the series. There have been also a few attempts to create real Vaillante cars, both road cars and racing cars. Recently, in 2002, a Vaillante prototype participated in Le Mans.

In 2006, a prototype blue SEAT Ibiza Vaillante designed by Luc Donckerwolke is presented in Geneva.


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Created in 1957 by French author Jean Graton, and continued by his son Philippe and the Studio Graton, the Adventures of Michel Vaillant represent a unique work in the history of comic strips and automobile racing. Unique, because if the Adventures of Michel Vaillant are all fiction, they invite the reader into the real world of motor racing that both Jean and Philippe Graton have been acquainted with for the past 50 years. (source: Michel Vaillant).

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Les Usines Vaillante is also a fictional France-based and family-run automobile manufacturer created by Henri Vaillant and specialized in trucks and high performance sports cars and which is featured in the French comic book series Michel Vaillant.

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Michel Vaillant has been adapted into a television series, several animated pictures and into a feature movie written and produced by Luc Besson. But it is in its original form (graphic novels) that the saga weaves its magic. The realistic drawings constitute an exceptional encyclopaedia of 50 years of motor racing.

This imaginary hero, recognised by the world of racing (Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari personally wished him a happy 20th birthday), defends the fundamental sporting values that have survived all the different trends.

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Cover of a 1974 issue. (source: California Buggy).

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Page from a 1974 issue. (source: California Buggy).

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Page from a 1974 issue. (source: California Buggy).

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french mastiff 1678 days ago

is int it today every one talks about the Michele Shoemaker as he is the champ .who who can forget the person who had given the birth to the F1 the Michele valiant is really known as the first brand ambassador of the F1 and still his is being remembered.

Smithe727122 days ago

Very nice!

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