Motosacoche : the story of the legendary Swiss motorbike !

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Project visual Motosacoche : the story of the legendary Swiss motorbike !
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Paul.Merz
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Motosacoche : the story of the legendary Swiss motorbike !

 

altThe start of the 20th century saw the beginning of an amazing entrepreneurial adventure with the creation of the Motosacoche brand in Geneva in 1899. Motosacoche numbers among some of the most influential businesses in Swiss industry, from the first moped prototypes built by the Dufaux brothers in the family garage when they were just 15 and 19, to the assembly lines of the Acacias factory and numerous world records won.

 

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This book retraces a glorious past of revolutionary inventions comprising motorbikes, cars, helicopters and planes, one of which was to propel Armand Dufaux in the very first flight across Lake Geneva. It offers a window into the lives of some extraordinary engineers, whose dreams and curiosity were limitless. It’s also a human story, punctuated with doubts and failure as well as success. Finally, it depicts a fascinating foray into pre-war Geneva where many alliances and partnerships were forged, notably with Edouard Demole, grandfather of Claude Demole, Managing Partner of the Pictet & Cie Bank until 2015.

 

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Discover this rich saga which ended in 2000 after 101 years in business. The many legacies and accounts which it left behind are gathered together and meticulously and passionately documented within this book.

 

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My name is Paul Merz and I’m 32 years old. I’m from Switzerland, and have been passionate about motorcycling since the age of 4 when I got my first bike. It was my grandfather who really got me into it, and aged 91 he still regularly attends motorcycling rallies.

 

I decided to write this book as I’m passionate about the history of Motosacoche and I want to share my enthusiasm with as many people as possible. It’s a story telling the adventures of two entrepreneurial young men who achieved their dreams and pushed the limits of excellence in design.

 

I was fascinated by their story, today anchored in Genevan heritage. The unique opportunity arose to scour the archives and discover the history of where I come from, forming a link between the Geneva of today and the city of yesteryear.

 

Before the rise of the tertiary sector and “Made in Switzerland” products imported from China, we were able to reap the benefits of locally-available resources which led to the country’s industrial heyday. Now, we have all but lost this national expertise and the image once linked to it. It’s important to keep this spirit alive and remember that innovation is an intrinsic part of the country.

 

In writing this book, I also wished to pay homage to the two genius inventors to whom this story is dedicated, whose extraordinary adventure I hope will inspire you, just as it did me.

 

It’s a story of two innovators who pursued their dreams by helping one another to flourish by making every idea a success. The family aspect of these two inseparable brothers is equally as touching.

 

Motosacoche is also the story of two pioneers who reinvented the world, more precisely the world of getting around by motorcycle. Riding a motorcycle means being free; it’s a way of life in which you accept risks, getting your hands dirty, overcoming your fears and becoming more confident. It’s an invitation to get on your bike and share your story with a huge community which you can now form part of today.

 

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+ more than 1000 hours of documentary research and investigation
+ dozens of unique documents and photos from the period
+ 200 pages - easy to read text peppered with anecdotes
+ available in French (English and German, if we exceed the target)
+ a beautifully designed and produced object of exceptionally high quality

Allocation of funds

This book aims at making the swiss heritage popular and leave traces of amazing pioneers of the XXth century.

 

Technical characteristics :

· Size 20 x 20 cm

· 208 color pages

· 150 gr paper satimat

· Laminated color cover

· Hardcover full paper (hard cover)

· 2000 copies

 

In order to edit the book here are the production costs : 

 

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I will collect the crowdfunding, the funds will be used to :

- Print the book

- Distribute it online & it in the main libraries in Switzerland

 

Any additional fund will help me printing more books in order to translate from french to German and English and distribute them in Germany and UK.

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For €5 and more

Thank you for your kind help !

Your helping us on our mission to tell this beautiful story to the world ! Swiss patrimony owes you a lot ;)
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For €10 and more

Thank you !

A big warm & thankful thank you for your kind help ! Your name will be in the thank you page of the book.

For €15 and more

A postcard from the Author of the book

Thank you for your kind help ! You'll get a postcard to your address with a dedication from the Author. Your name will be in the thank you page of the book.
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  • Delivery November 2018

For €20 and more

Poster of Motosacoche

Thank you for your kind help ! You'll get a A2 Poster of an old Motosacoche to your address with a dedication from the Author. Your name will be in the thank you page of the book.
  • Backers: 16
  • Delivery November 2018

For €25 and more

Ebook version

Thank you for your kind help ! You'll get a digital version of the book and will be the first delivered :)
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  • Delivery March 2019

For €30 and more

10 postcards

Thank you for your kind help ! You'll receive 10 postcards to send to your friends and family. You'll also get your name on the thank you page at the end of the book.
  • Backers: 2
  • Delivery November 2018

For €40 and more

Poster and Ebook version

Thank you for your kind help ! You'll get a digital version of the book and a A2 Poster of an old Motosacoche to your address with a dedication from the Author. Your name will be in the thank you page of the book.
  • Backer: 1
  • Delivery March 2019

For €50 and more

You'll be the first one to get the book !

Thank you for your kind help ! You'll get an example of the book and will be the first delivered :)
  • Backers: 43
  • Delivery May 2019

For €75 and more

Handprinted Motosacoche T-Shirt

Thank you for your kind help ! You'll get a handprinted T-Shirt of Motosacoche, crafted by Atelier Siblings in Geneva. (unique size M) Shipping costs are included for Switzerland. For the rest of Europe, please add 5€ to help us pay for the shipping cost.
  • Backers: 4
  • Delivery December 2019

For €80 and more

T-shirt + eBook + Poster

Thank you for your kind help ! You'll get a handprinted T-Shirt of Motosacoche, crafted by Atelier Siblings in Geneva. (unique size M) + The e-book + The poster
  • Backers: 2

For €150 and more

The limited Swiss Edition of the book

Thank you for your kind help ! You'll get 1 of the 100 limited Swiss edition of the book. Even more exclusive, it comes with a textile cover and golden ink. Your name will be in the thank you page of the book.
  • Backers: 7
  • Availability: 93/100
  • Delivery May 2019

For €500 and more

12 books

Thank you for your kind help ! You'll get 12 books to offer to your collaborators, friends and family. You'll also get your name or the name of your company on the thank you page of the book.
  • Backer: 1
  • Delivery May 2019

For €500 and more

Limited Geneva Edition

Thank you for your kind help ! You'll get 1 of the 10 limited Geneva edition of the book. Even more exclusive, it comes with a textile cover and golden ink. It’s also handsigned by the author. It will also be dedicated to you at the beginning of the book. :)
  • Backers: 2
  • Availability: 8/10
  • Delivery May 2019

For €1,000 and more

25 books

Thank you for your kind help ! You'll get 25 books to offer to your collaborators, friends and family. You'll also get your name or the name of your company on the thank you page of the book.
  • Delivery May 2019

For €2,000 and more

55 books personalized with the logo of your company

Thank you for your kind help ! You'll get 55 books to offer to your colleagues. The cover will be personalized with the logo of your company. You can get 28 books more per 1000€ additional.
  • Delivery May 2019

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