LE JEU DU TOUR DE FRANCE
Pierre Blanchet/O.G.E.P., France, 1949

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of the games that has taken care of the Tour de France ambiance with more detail, and therefore is quite sought after (quite expensive too, if found in good condition). I just have been able to purchase a half of the original elements: I have an original boatd, rules, the eight cars and evem one original die.
 

Fortunately my friend François has a very rare uncut copy of the game (in the blue box depicted above, which is unusual but original) and I have been able to reconstruct the missing elements (the 20 riders, Bourvil, Miss Tour de France and the banner, apart from the second die), so I have a complete game that does not look too bad. Judge yourself by the pictures.

By the way, this game is endorsed by "L'Equipe" and "Le Parisien". It can be said that it is an official Tour de France game.

 

 

The open board measures 72 x 72 cms.

 


The game features 20 riders, two of them the "maillot jaune" and the "lanterne rouge" which substitute the first and last rider during the game. The other 18 riders are divided in 9 national and nine regional riders.

The 8 cars actually take part in the game (well, almost...).  When a rider falls in a bad square, he shall throw one die and if he throws the number of the right car, he gets assistance. (For instance, if he falls on a "hunger" square he needs to throw a 5 to have some Eriam's chocolate).

On the other hand, the two characters, Bourvil (who?) and "Miss Tour de France", are just there for the ambiance.
 

 

This are the uncut figurines. Unfortunately, we did not have an scanner the day I visited François, and I had to take a picture. There are two symmetrical panels, and the riders, once assembled, have two faces and no back.

 

 

The cars are original, the riders are not. The original size, though, is respected. The cars are just too small.

 

The wooden bases of the cars are also original (those of the riders are not).

 



"L'Equipe" car on a "puncture" square.

 

 



The yellow jersey, always leading the race.

 



Bourvil and Miss Tour the France near the banner. The red lantern rider, always closing the peloton.

 



The Pyrenées
 



The Champagne, Laon's cathedral, Paris...

 

 

Unfortunately, the rules of the game are childish, almost a game of goose... but who cares with such a beautiful game?.

 

 

This is my self-made box.

 



This is how the most common box looks like. The boxes measure almost 40 x 40 cms

 

 


 

This game was widely advertised. The image above is a postcard-sized advertisement seen for sale on eBay. James "Aldo" Ross, has sent several scans of a 1949 Tour de France "Programme Officiel" published by Les Éditions Paris-Vendome, which includes several advertisements for the game, along with a photo of the editors of L’Équipe examining the game.

 

 

 

 

 



This ad, also sent by Aldo, was published in  l’Équipe on june 30th, 1949. It measured almost the entire width of the newspaper page.

 

 

 

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