Circuit des Remparts - The Poster

Circuit des Remparts - The Poster

14.06.2020: CIRCUIT DES REMPARTS 18th-20th SEPTEMBER 2020 Its creator, David Gayon, is delighted to be back! David Gayon, the creator of the 2020 Circuit des Remparts poster, is delighted to be back as he already designed the poster for the 2000 ev

18th-20th SEPTEMBER 2020

Its creator, David Gayon, is delighted to be back!

David Gayon, the creator of the 2020 Circuit des Remparts poster, is delighted to be back as he already designed the poster for the 2000 event. But with a gap of 20 years between the two both the inspiration and the tools have changed: the graphics palette has replaced pencil and rubber.

Even though time has passed and techniques have evolved the passion of the artist from the Charente for the motor car remains intact! Two decades ago he was studying car design in the prestigious Strate College design school, in Paris, and he has now become one of the Senior Automotive Designers at Faurecia, the huge French automotive supplier.

There Gayon designs, in particular, tomorrow’s interiors, coordinates international programmes, directs teams who speak many different languages and prepares the mobility of the future – often in the context of sporting or luxury projects. He is also involved in top-secret designs, i.e concept cars for Motor Shows, and then, a long time afterwards, on the road.

While his professional designs are never displayed he makes up for this by showing other creations on his Instagram account (david_gayon). He has created a poster for the 2020 Circuit des Remparts that combines essential features of the meeting, in particular the Saint-Pierre Cathedral and the famous yellow Bugatti T35...

Meet David from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September at the Circuit des Remparts. He will autograph his poster in the town centre (times and place to be announced).


David Gayon: “I was born in the Remparts!”

David, you were born on 29th February 1976. That month in France Niki Lauda was on the front cover of Sport Auto, while in Great Britain a Bugatti T59 adorned the front cover of MotorSport magazine. With Ferrari and Bugatti, you were born under two wonderful stars…

David Gayon:
Ferrari and Bugatti are undoubtedly the two greatest icons in the world of the motor car. But the third star is really the Circuit des Remparts. I must have been six or seven the first time my dad took me to see the races. We were sitting in the grandstand opposite the cathedral. And I’ve always kept coming back! The years followed one another and the Circuit des Remparts weekend counted as much for me as Christmas week.

Everything that I read in the magazines and the legends of motor sport that I admired or whose exploits I had marvelled at on TV came to my home town! Michèle Mouton, Henri Pescarolo, Clay Regazzoni, just to mention those three, offered me dream moments at the wheel or during chance meetings with them in the streets.

You’ve now become a professional in the automotive world, but are the Remparts still Christmas in September? Are you not a bit blasé as you are now totally immersed in the motor car?

David Gayon: Nothing’s changed. At the Remparts I become a kid again and experience pure unadulterated happiness. For me the Circuit des Remparts is a rare and exceptional event on the calendar. It’s the last circuit whose layout hasn’t changed since its origins. Nowhere else are the emotions stirred up by the car so authentic. Here we have popular enthusiasm, a party spirit and the quasi-religious devotion of the fans when they come across the cars, some of which are real works of art.

And then there’s that unique convivial ambience generated around the drivers and teams. This whole crowd, these fans are brought together by the same passion that is often handed down over several generations. A very real feeling of transmission reigns at the Remparts.

What kind of car enthusiast are you?

David Gayon: My passion for the Italian manufacturers runs deep and in particular for Ferrari, which was the stuff of dreams for me when I was a kid. But I love the motor car in all its forms. I have a lot of admiration for Pininfarina as a coachbuilder and designer. Today, I’m lucky enough to work with the major professionals in automotive design. Often we’re collectors and we like getting together around this passion. But I’m a fairly discreet collector…

What’s your ideal car, your greatest dream?

David Gayon: That’s always a difficult question... For me the Ferrari P4 is the most beautiful racing car in the world. My absolute dream!

How did you become involved in the design of the poster for the event in 2000?

David Gayon: I got the job of designing the poster for the 2000 meeting thanks to a friend who knew the organisation team of the time. I put forward a project and it was accepted. I was just starting my university studies in Paris, a Master’s degree in Industrial Design. Obviously, I was very happy to create the poster for my home event!

And for the 2020 meeting?

David Gayon: Well, I did the same thing as when I was twenty-four; I went to see the organisers!

What did you want to evoke in the 2020 poster that’s radically different from the one you created twenty years ago?

David Gayon: The race and the competitive spirit over the years. I wanted to pay homage to all those drivers and gentlemen drivers who do battle on this very demanding track. That’s why I chose not to focus on a particular place, but rather evoke the main symbols of Angoulême such as the cathedral and Carnot’s statue. The stopwatch reminds us of just how big a challenge it is in the middle of a field of cars of all ages.

How did you do it and are you used to this technique?

David Gayon: I wanted to add modernity to the design while retaining a really vintage spirit and that’s why the poster’s been created in an all-digital form with the help of the Wacom Cintiq screen palette. I work with this tool every day and I can use all the graphic programmes on it. I also used Photoshop and I did the design mainly in solid colours, a technique that I sometimes employ in my job as a designer.

Most of what you produce is secret as you work on cars a long time before they appear. And when they are unveiled what you’ve created never bears your signature. Isn’t it frustrating?

David Gayon: That’s the rule of the game in our job. We work on the cars of tomorrow, beforehand, a long time in advance. The vehicle is the star when it’s unveiled although sometimes it isn’t! Those who like design can follow me on my Instagram account david_gayon on which I post concept cars, illustrations and designs.

But it’s true that while designing is already a great pleasure in itself, displaying increases this pleasure as it’s an opportunity to strike up a conversation. Thus, creating a poster that’ll be seen by thousands of people who share the same passion, you can imagine what that gives…

François Granet

*The Association du Circuit des Remparts d’Angoulême is a non-profit making association (Law of 1901)


14.06.2020 / MaP

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