A Brief History of the Marque
Between 1937 and 1972 the brothers Nougier of St. Andiol in Provence hand-built innovative and quite successful DOHC racing singles, twins and fours, often utilising basic components sourced from Terrot and Magnat-Debon.
Jean designed and built the machines, and his brother Henri proved their worth on the racetrack.
Nougier's rather beautiful Tournevis OHC models used hairpin valve springs and a slotted camshaft drive coupling (tournevis=screwdriver), a three bearing crank and a modified separate Terrot gearbox. In 1953 they built a four to challenge Gilera and MV, but lack of developmental funding was a large factor in the unsuccessful venture.
Jean's brother Henri Nougier raced a Magnat-Debon in the September 1945 GP de la Libaration in Nice, and also raced Nougier motorcycles.
Jean Nougier died in 1999 at the age of ninety.
1. Wikipedia and JLB Creations state that they were built from 1937 to 1972.
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