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Joel Cor­roy

French­man Joel Cor­roy is a big mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­ast, which is so ev­i­dent when you are wel­comed with a strong hand­shake into his mu­seum, based at Ve­soul in France. He speaks very good English; he at­tributes this to the fact that he had to learn the lan­guage to find out in­for­ma­tion for his Sammy Miller Ariel HT5 tri­als project! He rode in world tri­als cham­pi­onship events on the Mon­tesa Cota 348 that was so pop­u­lar, and at the time when the likes of Fin­land’s Yrjo Ves­ter­i­nen, Martin Lamp­kin and of course the home-grown talent of Charles Coutard were the big names. He be­came good friends with Mick An­drews in the early eight­ies when he be­came the French Ossa im­porter dur­ing the ‘Yel­low Grip­per’ model days. The Span­ish fac­tory also sup­plied him with the or­ange 250cc mod­els, on which he played with reed valve in­duc­tion on the mo­tors.

When the Ossa fac­tory stopped pro­duc­tion and closed Joel had al­ready made his plans to build his own JCM ma­chines, and the Joel Cor­roy Moto was born. He was pretty much in­volved with ev­ery as­pect of the ma­chine, in­clud­ing the tech­ni­cal side of the oper­a­tion.

Be­tween 1981 and 1987 he pro­duced and sold al­most one thou­sand ma­chines world­wide, al­though the ma­jor­ity were sold in Europe.

From the be­gin­ning in 1981 he col­lected all the ma­chines in­clud­ing both pro­to­type and pro­duc­tion mod­els. Af­ter that he sold the name JCM and the rights to Streit Sa, and helped Roland Streit to set up the pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity for the’ Vega’ model – and that was it.

In his mu­seum in Ve­soul you can see the com­plete de­vel­op­ment of the brand JCM.

I have known Joel for more than thirty years and he has al­ways been very help­ful. When the French tri­als cham­pion Charles Coutard moved to Mon­tesa he took me to his home to test the new ma­chine, which was very much a priv­i­lege. He also ar­ranged a meet­ing with off-road leg­end Stephane

Peter­hansel so we could do an in­ter­view with him at his pri­vate home.

Peter­hansel lived in Ve­soul be­fore he moved to Cor­sica where he lives now. He has rid­den in many Pre-65 tri­als in France, Italy, Ger­many and in Eng­land and of course in the Scot­tish.

Now he or­gan­ises his own two-day trial in Ar­be­cey, in which I rode the sec­ond year. In that two-day event he was fund rais­ing for the Ja­panese people who lost their homes in the tsunami a cou­ple of years ago. Many dif­fer­ent na­tions now com­pete in this trial, which is im­mensely pop­u­lar and takes place each year in Au­gust.

Joel is a busy man, in­volved in mo­tor­cy­cles on a commercial ba­sis but also for fun, and when you ask him the ques­tion ‘what is your age?’, he al­ways replies: ‘Have a look at my mu­seum and you can see how young I am!’ But if you are in­ter­ested in other trial ma­chines go out there and visit the mu­seum. It’s for free!

Cor­roy with his brain­child JCM

The first JCM en­gine

Take a look at the first JCM frame unit lay­out

The JCM ma­chines in Blue (239 cc) and Red (323 cc) frames

All makes of tri­als ma­chine, and on the stand in the back the SWM from Gilles Bur­gat

The Vega frame: Fuel tank un­der the seat and the air in­take be­hind the steer­ing head

The Greeves Collection Joel re­fu­els his Ariel af­ter mark­ing out the haz­ards at Ar­be­cey French tri­als ma­chine col­lec­tor Olivier Bar­jon helps the only Ja­panese rider at Ar­be­cey, Ko­jiro Mori, who came over to bring the fund’s cheque to Ja­pan

Good Old Bri­tish bikes!

Com­pet­ing in the Pre-65 SSDT

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