TOUR DE FRANCE
Fernel, UK, ca. 1964

 

 

 

A real curiosity. In this game the board is replaced by two rolled paper bands in a plastic mechanism on which you place the riders. After the throw of the dice, you don't count squares but wind the mechanism instead.

 

 

 

 

The game is just a game of goose, in spite of the gadgets. Instead of, for instance, "going back to square 31" you pick up some extra days, the winner being the one getting to Paris in less days (dice throws).

 

 

 
 

 

 

These are the cards you pick to keep the day count:

 

 

 

 

 

Though the game does not have a date printed, it is not difficult to date: the first two riders pictured on the box are Anquetil and Poulidor in their St Raphael and Mercier costumes (the third rider, by the way, wears a Fernel t-shirt). Anquetil and Poulidor were rivals in 1962, 1963 and, specially, in 1964. The box illustration is obvioulsly inspired in the famous 1964 Puy De Dme stage.

 

Compare the pictures :

 

     


 

Obviously the game was published later than that stage, and probably not too long later. I would  say the game was released between the end of the 1964 Tour and the beginning of the next. (My bet is 1964's Christmas season).

 

 

 

 

The plastic riders were made by Britain's and are quite sought-after by themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is also a French version of the game.

 

 

 

 

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