06 March 2010

Dodgem Logic

When asked what he does for a living, Roy, deliverer of a pair of dodgems, says that he is involved in entertainment for festivals and corporates. He mentions Lost Vagueness but, typical of the skilled, is exceedingly modest about his role. He is Roy Gurvitz, founder of the sui generis company.

The dodgems were used as diner seating at Glastonbury, and at a Banksy exhibition in Stockwell, London. They are 1970s Atlantas, made by Reverchon - founded as coachbuilders in 1927, in the Paris suburb of Gentilly, by the eponymous Gaston. Clients included Renault. The business expanded to include the coachbuilding of dodgems, with lifelike wings, radiator and lights.

Post-WWII production of complete dodgem cars was moved to Samois sur Seine (near Fontainebleau) - the town to which Django Reinhardt retired. 270 workers produced 2,000 cars a year. Gaston Reverchon died in 1982, aged 81. Unfortunately, Gride Reverchon International Design, to give the company its full name, closed in 2008, yet another victim of economic downturn.

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