GMFR, France, ca. 1935
Here is a velodrome game included in a multigame box by GMFR, along with "le jeu de l'oie" el "le jeu des petits chevaux" (the game of goose and ludo). As you can see, there are two versions of this game. In both cases the box's frame is wooden. The boards on the smaller multicoloured box are made of cardboard, while those in the bigger box are covered with felt. Thes felt version does not carry the inscription "Modèle Déposé" or the "GMFR mark.
By the way, take my dating with a pinch of salt, since I admit not being able to date this one accurately, not even looking at the game of goose's pics.
Of course, the rules are simple. These are the rules printed on the cardboard track.
Since they are not printed on the felt track, a sheet with the rules was included. Unfortunately most boxes have lost them (along with some riders, horses and/or counters...) The following rules sheet was found in a green cloth box (thanks to Alain Rebeyrotte for scanning it). However, they mention coloured lanes ("quatre couloirs de couleur differente") andthe directions the rules printed on the track. Since none of these are found on the green cloth board, iIt looks like this sheet was made for a cardboard box. This makes me guess that the carboard box is previous (or at least not later) than the felt one.
I have seen several copies of both versions this game (it looks like it was quite common after all), but none of them complete.There are always some riders missing. Between my two boxes, I just have only riders. On the other hand, I have a complete set of coloured wooden sticks, and three different types of "petits chevaux", which is weird since I only have two boxes. Since the riders are so hard to find, Ludo Nauws has completed his game with some handmade rubber riders . Nice job!.
Picture: Ludo Nauws
Look at the "jeu des petits chevaux" outside the box.
This game was also included in some games compilations (what the French call "mallette de jeux"). The one on the left belongs to my friend Didier Maria, while the one on the right was found on the Internet. (Excuse the quality of the picture, you can see the game in the upper part, behind the Jeu des Petits Chevaux).
The board found on these mallettes is the same as the one found on the smaller (and more common) version of the game, which has the rules (at least the main ones) printed on it. However, in Didier's mallette there is a booklet with the rules of some of the games. As you can see the rules for the Velodrome game include both the rules printed on the board and the rules for different races.
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