November 21, 2008

Louis Ame, Musée/Museum "Truck stop America"

 photo by Paskal Larsen (2006)
from the 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. It's a good idea to pause there a while 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.

Louis Ame portrayed in 2016
this picture and the next one
courtesy of Sylvie Perrot-Clemot

Currently retired for many years, Ame was a bus driver who mainly worked in Paris.

Maybe also because of this job behind the wheel, he developed a great passion for all types of vehicles driving on the road, especially those typical american ones, those big trucks and buses.

So once settled in Hirel he began to express this passion. From old tins, pieces of aluminium and other scrap material he constructed small scale replicas of these trucks and in the same way, re-using all kind of materials, he also assembled planes, ships and cars.

Ame's studio

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 Truck Stop America and just as Nat King Cole a-get your kicks on route 66.....

* Article and series of pictures (june 2012) on the weblog of Sophie Lepetit
* Article (in english, oct 2012) by Marisa Martin on WND Diversions
* Video by Jo Pinto Maya (You Tube, may 2011, 4'27")

first published nov 2008, revised feb may 2017

Louis Ame
Museum "Truck Stop America"
36 rue Quesmiere
35120 Hirel, dept Ille-et-Vilaine, region Brittany, France
just off the coastal road half way the village
visitors are welcome

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