November 21, 2008

Louis Ame, Musée/Museum "Truck stop America"

 photo by Paskal Larsen, internet magazine Foutraque

Driving the coastal road from St Malo to St Michel in Brittany, France, you will traverse the small coastal community of Hirel and there you will do well to stop and visit the Truck Stop America

Life and works

It's a museum/art environment created by Louis Ame (b. 1927?), who is also known as Moustache.

Currently retired, he was a busdriver with mainly Paris as place of employment and perhaps also beacuse of the job behind the wheel, he developed a great passion for all types of vehicles driving on the road, but especially those typical american ones, those big trucks and buses.

From old tins, pieces of aluminium and other scrap material Louis Ame made small scale replicas of these trucks and in the same way, re-using all kind of materials, he also constructed planes, ships and cars.

interview for local tv summer 2008, 
picture newspaper Ouest-France

Since spring 1993 all his creations are on show in his own small museum, located off the coastal road of Hirel, along the Baie du Mont Saint Michel.

So, if you're there, along that road, I recommend you two stops, one for oysters with a glass of muscadet in an open air pub down the road, and another one to visit this museum and like Nat King Cole a-get your kicks on route 66.....

* Video by Jo Pinto Maya (Youtube, may 2011, 4'27")

first published nov 2008, revised feb 2017

Louis Ame
Museum "Truck Stop America"
36 rue Quesmiere
35120 Hirel

Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France
visitors are welcome
just off the coastal road half way the village

Louis Ame weergeven op een grotere kaart

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