Welcome on the site of unusual off-road vehicles.
Apart from the classic 4x4, off-road vehicles are often ignored. But some experts and enthusiasts study and collect all forms of terrestrial or planetary locomotion. Often, these vehicles will remain at the prototype stage because too eccentric, too expensive compared to the improvements or too far ahead of their time.
This site aims to summarize and share in some more knowledge on the evolution of these vehicles and their techniques. It still includes documentation of classic 4x4, ‘unusual' construction machinery and reports of visits of ‘old iron' museums.
Jean-Marc Maclou J M M
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About the author :
Interested in off-road vehicles about age of 10, Jean-Marc Maclou sought documentation from Companies. At the beginning, his father wrote the letters. He collected all his life photos and articles of magazines and books for his growing collection. Long after, in the 80s, he took many pictures of vehicles in the exhibitions. But in the late 90s, the best invention of the 20th Century, Internet, greatly extended the scope of research and knowledge to the whole world.
In the meantime, in the 90s, Francis Pierre, President and Founder of AIPETHOAC (like HECA) : ‘International Association for the Promotion of Technical Equipment like Arts and Culture’, encouraged him to write articles in his magazine. Then, J M M created a little site in French in December 2009, and in English in 2010 : www.unusuallocomotion.com (6000 pictures, 1000 visitors per days in mid-2012). A book (paper) in three volumes of about 600 pages each, from this site, was printed in early 2013 but not marketed. It was deposited in different libraries (BNF, Congress Library, CNAM), and the title of this book : ‘Unusual Off-Road Locomotion for Enthusiasts’ will appear normally on line on their sites.
The author worked at Renault Agriculture. Now retired, he lives near Paris.