September 11th and 12th, 2010.
5th FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL OF NATURAL MECHANICAL
LE MOTEUR EST DANS LE PRÉ.
Live exhibition and demonstration of engine, tractor and old cars at l’Espace BAUDY, presented by their restorers.
Saturday 01PM to 06PM and Sunday 10AM to 06PM
Restauration artisanale sur place.
Reservation : 2 rue Blanche Monet 27620 Giverny - Tél : 02 32 21 26 33.
- Tickets : 4€ , children less than 13 years old : free
Organisation : MUSEUM OF MÉCANIQUE.
The museum origin is a private collection of steam internal combustion engines ;
founded in 1955 by the GUILLEMARD family a GIVERNY resident’s since générations.
Former threshing entrepreneur and blacksmith ADOLPHE Guillemard has transmitted
to his children his know-how and passion for the vintage mechanies.
Along years, purchasing, donations of engines pile-up
awaiting for the needed parts or just a time to restore.
Since 1982 the number of collected items inereased due to closing of workshops, factories or mills.
The preservation of these engines was a rescue task, numbers of testimonials items already gone.
In 1990 the collection find home in the actual local
where the engines are in permanent show,
installation of the CARELS 1908 diesel engine weighting 28 tons
keep the team busy for months on overhauling and restoration ;
it becomes in 2003 the world bigger old running diesel engine.
THE MUSEUM DE MECANIQUE NATURELLE. Association under 1901 law,
founded by the GUILLEMARD brothers : Jean-pierre, René and Gérard
currently run restorations and exhibitions with the help of an enthusiasts team
who devoted their time and known-how to the Patrimony préservation.
1955 : salvation by Jean-pierre et René of the first Bernard WO engine :
back in service at the Giverny mill.
1956 : salvation at uncle Aimé house of a Benjamin engine Back in service.
196o : purchase (7.62eu) at Vernon scrapper a Vendeuvre diesel frozen Cracked : no success.
1967 : purchase by Daniel et Jean-pierre a CL Conord frozen cracked. No success, used as spare parts.
1968 : purchase by Daniel et Jean-pierre of Albaret portable steam Engine at Vesly 25 kms on the road.
1970 : Daniel death ; activities on sleep.
1972 ; Adolphe : partial reconstruction on Albaret.
1974 : Adolphe death : closing of the blacksmith workshop.
1975 : restoration on Albaret by Jean-pierre.
1976 : completion Albaret by Gérard.
1982 : first exhibition at ECOS agricultural show.
1983 : first big moving : a Ruston 5HR from Meaux to Giverny.
1984 : purchase first tractor : Farmall cub.
1989 : Great dorset steam fair exhibition :
transport, custom over the channel.
1990 : installation of the actual museum.
1 attended the first rally organised by the Museum de Mecanique Naturelle,
in Giverny, near Paris, France on 16-17 September 2006.
It was held in a meadow near the museum, located
in the centre of Giverny, which is only 10 minutes’ walk from Monet’s House and Gardens.
Exhibitors came from France, Belgium and Holland.
On the Saturday evening drinks were served at the museum
giving us a chance to see the fine collection of engines held there.
On Sunday morning, everyone gathered at nine o’clock
for a visit to the former Singer Sewing Machine factory ;
a 15 minutes drive away at Bonnieres-sur-Seine,
where the friends of the museum are restoring
the old steam powered electricity generating station
which used to supply the factory.
It was then back to the rally field in time to open to the public at 10
This was followed by dinner for all the exhibitors at the
Hotel Baudy, located next to the rally site.
This was a small and friendly event in a very attractive location, and is planned
again for 2007.
For further details contact the museum at Email.