Maurice Bienvenu Jean Paul Trintignant
Born 30 October 1917 Sainte-Cecile-les Vignes, Vaucluse, France
Died 13 February 2005 (aged 87) Nimes, Gard, France
Maurice Trintignant was one of France's national heroes. He raced on the Formula One and sportscar circuits for nearly three decades from the early 1930s onwards, competing in 82 Grands Prix. Maurice was born in Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes, Vaucluse in France, the youngest of the five sons of a prosperous vineyard owner. Maurice learned to drive at 9
( Maurice Trintignant was piloting a Bébé Peugeot around his father's vineyard in the Vaucluse at the age of nine) on the family estate and followed three of his brothers into racing. One of them was Bugatti driver, Louis Trintignant, who was killed in 1933 while practicing on the Péronne racetrack in Picardie, he was also the uncle of renowned French film actor, Jean-Louis Trintignant.
Peugeot in Russia - Bebe
Anyone who has ever been in the automotive department of the Moscow Polytechnical Museum, will remember a small green avtomobilchik Peugeot Bebe, modest standing in the exposition. This is the oldest car in our country, of those that are in private collections. The fact that Bebe only exhibited in the museum, and it belonged to Alexander Hlupnovu. First owner of the car was his father, who bought it in 1940. The idea that the family has a rare monument of technical history, then anyone and would not come. Yes, and to repair its acquisition Hlupnov Sr. did not have time: the war began.
All plans had to be postponed until better times, and they came almost 20 years! When the machine has regained operating state employees of the State Automobile Inspectorate, referring to her advanced age, refused to issue a technical certificate and number. It was then on heirloom had to look in a different way - as a monument to art. The owners contacted by Peugeot and received from it all the necessary technical information about the car and a few photos, using which managed to hold true restoration of the car - this time already as a monument to art. All the work was completed by 1977, and Bebe became very similar to the car that was once one of the plants left the firm in 1913.
However, the interested public had the opportunity to meet with a rare car a little earlier - in 1966, when Alexander Hlupnov with his father participated in the first festival in Moscow lovers of vintage cars. Since then, the car was an ornament of all, without exception, antique art exhibitions. Among other things, Bebe did in the Soviet Union movie star career - to his credit more than a dozen roles in various films and television productions.
It is not surprising that around this particular Bebe was born a legend: for some reason, many believe that Hlupnovy own a car Tsarevich, although the owners themselves, and museum staff have always stressed that it is not.
As for the true car Tsarevich Alexei, the government garage because of its popularity miniaturization he did not use for a long time and just stood there doing nothing, because no self-respecting major Soviet official could not appear in the city on the "child" car. Eventually Bebe written off, and he was in the Leningrad Palace of Pioneers, where it received the driving skills of the future than a dozen Soviet motorists. And everything ended in the military in 1942, when the building of the palace was bombed and the car was killed under its ruins.
As you can see, the popular rumor was wrong. Nevertheless, the legend that in the Moscow Polytech can be viewed on the machine Tsarevich Alexei, still lives ...
And since we are talking about museum exhibits, it is worth noting that we have described near Bebe at the Polytechnical Museum and the chassis of the vehicle is Lion Peugeot 1906 release. He single-cylinder (785 cu. Cm, 9,5 l. With.) Water-cooled engine. The car was purchased by the museum from a resident of Tula Gurevich. Who owned the car before it, now it is impossible to establish. One thing is clear: in the Russian province with poor roads, in appalling conditions and almost no service could survive only the hardiest cars.
Parades of ancient art in Moscow in the 70s you could meet other Peugeot. Not once there had guests from Tallinn Valery Kirs, who came on pretty, carefully restored Quadrilette (4 cylinder, 667 cu. Cm, 9,5 l. S.). Seats located in tandem on it, and the rear track was very narrow - only 750 mm. The rear axle was a worm and had no differential. A car weighed about 380 kg.
Photo: Peugeot Bebe AI Hlupnova after the final restoration (mid-80s). Next to the car - VI Dubovskoy author of "Car & Motorcycle Russia 1896-1917" Moscow. "Transport" 1994.
As you can see, Peugeot contacts with our country until the early 90-ies were sporadic. Nevertheless, it is worth remembering a large contract for the supply of industrial equipment for the party automobile plants of the USSR. But car exports to the Soviet Union for several decades there was virtually no unless, of course, not counting machines that were purchased for the study of scientific car agencies.