Paris 1984 | Six Jours De Grenelle á Bercy | Illustrations by Jacques Lem
The Great Team
The track is reborn in paris and the six-days are in fashion again. Even before the “squirrels” took possession of the new and futuristic sports arena, a fiery breath from Grenelle made the already vibrant atmosphere of the Bercy Arena by mobilizing the riders and the public around the beautiful festival all over again. To establish a link between the rich past and a present open to the future, nothing could be more appropriate than the style of Jacques Lem. His stroke serves live compositions well, for your viewing pleasure and memory. His admiration for the photogenic Six Days event, and friendly depiction of ironic situations can make the mundane inspiring. These drawings give off a very “Vel d’Hiv ‘, returning to an exemplary past, even if one believes that the future can be by no means a slavish imitation of what we have so much love for. A team of Six Days is formed of two men. To support this artist team, Jacques Lem chose Pierre Chany, narrator, critic, writer and philosopher, his partner for nearly forty years. The author of the text knows cycling and the Six Days in all its fullness. The team Lem-Chany have helped us rediscover a world in harmony with what joy, color and words, remembrance and hope for our tomorrows. This tandem delighted Francis Carco, author of “The Beautiful Team,” which so often haunted the canopy de Grenelle, in the old days.
Translated from the foreword by Jacques Goddet