A friend of mine had spotted the previous Arès spaceship on the car park of trailer company Sud Ouest Remorques in Saint Jean-d’Illac. I stopped there to get the full story and found out that two employees, Luc Albingre and Thierry Rouzade, were behind the design and manufacture of the new spaceship. I arranged to meet Luc and Thierry to find out more, and this is what they told me:
How did the project come about?
Luc: Claude Richard, the father of Thierry Richard [manager of Sud Ouest Remorques], is behind the project. He got in touch with us on behalf of the town of Arès who were considering restoring the previous spaceship which was in a serious state of disrepair, but so much so that the best option was to start over from scratch. We gave it some thought and we had the idea of basing the design on the spaceship in the movie La Soupe aux Choux, which was therefore more modern than the previous model.
Thierry: Luc came up with the initial designs and I was lead on the actual design of the framework, so it basically popped out of my head!
Luc: That’s right, I provided sketches and we worked on improvements together and came up with the overall shape. The most difficult aspect was getting the proportions right given size constraints as well as future use by children and grown-ups. We weren’t totally free in the choices we could make.
Luc: It was very intense, mainly evenings and weekends over a period of several months. The project was not scheduled in our usual workload so it was mainly during our free time rather than working hours.
The unveiling ceremony on June 18th of this year must have been memorable!
Luc: We were especially pleased to see Mr Richard who was clearly very moved to witness the completion of the project; it was his initiative and he had been very committed to it taking shape, he was delighted to see the spaceship being installed!
|Main picture: Luc and Thierry flanked by Thierry Richard and Claude Richard (and two aliens) at the official unveiling in Arès on June 18th 2016. Top right: Jean-Guy Perrière, the mayor of Arès, mid-speech.|
Do you have any trade secrets you can share?
Thierry: Everything comes from up there in the skies! [laughter]
Luc: You will have seen that we were supported by a Martian technician, a little green man who often helped us out. He passed on a number of secrets but we can’t reveal what they were so as not to disturb the smooth running of other spaceships! [laughter]
But this spaceship is made of more durable material than the previous one, isn’t it?
Thierry: The framework is raw steel, joined using MIG welding techniques. The interior and exterior surfaces were all galvanized at temperatures of around 300° in La Rochelle, which guarantees around sixty years of protection against corrosion. Special paint was also used, ensuring optimum protection against sea salt-related damage, which is what affected the previous spaceship.
|The rusty predecessor, now out of harm's way on the Sud Ouest Remorques car park in Saint Jean-d'Illac.|
So this new spaceship will remain in position until a genuine UFO lands there. Do you believe in extra-terrestrial beings?
Thierry: Oh yes, totally!
Luc: I’m looking forward to them coming to meet me, but for now I haven’t seen any form of confirmation!
At least the meeting point has been clearly identified…
Luc: Everything is in place to welcome them, and I know that many people are seriously looking forward to it happening, we have met some very passionate people.
Thank you Luc and Thierry!
- Big thanks to Thierry Richard and everyone at Sud Ouest Remorques for their warm welcome and for providing the pictures. For further information about their tailor-made trailers, visit http://remorque-33.com/ or their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/sudouest.remorques)
- Find them on the Invisible Bordeaux map:
- Sud Ouest Remorques, Z.A. Boulac Dauphine, Saint Jean d'Illac
- Ovniport d'Arès, avenue le Goéland, Arès
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- Et merci à Guillaume qui m'a mis sur la piste de ce beau sujet !