Monday, May 10, 2010

A Closer Look

The Peugeot brand started in the 18th century and included kitchen appliances, metal fixtures, hydraulic equipment, automobiles, motorcycles, and bicycles. In 1927, the bicycle portion of the company separated from the rest and Peugeot Cycles was formed. The family saw the value of publicity in sponsoring racing cyclists. Paul Bourillon became the world sprint champion in Copenhagen in 1896 on a Peugeot bicycle. The family also backed riders in numerous road races and in 1905 sponsored their first Tour de France winner, Louis Trousselier. After the first Tour de France win, the Peugeot cycling team remained active in the Tour and other European cycle races. Peugeot would go on to become the most successful factory team of all time in the Tour de France, winning the race a record ten times.The J7 van served as a utility vehicle for professional cycling teams. For these teams, the service course was part office, part warehouse, part bike shop, and part garage. This model replicates the Peugeot J7 service course van in 1:43 scale. As you can see it features the famous Peugeot Lion trademark as well as the checkerboard design the cycling team wore for over 20 years. Also displayed are their sponsors; Esso (the international trade name for ExxonMobile) , Michelin, and Cycles Peugeot. The side door slides and the rear doors swing open to reveal the detailed interior including a workbench complete with toolbox and vise. It really does represent the excellence that Eligor exemplifies.

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