The Fédération Française de Motocyclisme (FFM) kicked off its centenary year with a magnificent evening celebration organised Tuesday in a famous Paris theatre with no less than 800 guests. The FFM President, Jacques Bolle, opened the festivities with a presentation of the FFM and projected a film retracing its history. Among the guests were the French 2012 FIM World Champions, surrounded by motorcycling legends, officials and members of the FFM commissions as well as representatives of the motorcycling clubs and the national press.
The FFM started life on 3 March 1913 under the name of the “Union Motocycliste de France”. It officially became the Fédération Française de Motocyclisme on 7 December 1945. From its creation in 1913, it was one of the founding members of the Fédération Interntionale de Motocyclisme (FIM). Today, it has 1300 member clubs in all corners of France.
The FFM has had eight Presidents since 1913: René de Knyff (1913-1926) ; Georges Longuemare (1926-1928) ; Augustin Pérouse (1928-1965), who was also President of the FIM in 1946 and 1947 and again from 1951 to 1959 ; Roger Bouvet (1965-1968) ; Jean Lesueur (1968-1985) ; Hervé Kervella (1985-1989) ; Jean-Pierre Mougin (1989 à 2008) ; and current President Jacques Bolle, elected 2008.
During the evening, FIM Deputy President Jorge Viegas presented Jaccques Bolle with a commemorative plate.
Photos by Stan Perec