The aviation pioneer Gabriel Voisin (1880 – 1973) built autonomous aeroplanes together with his brother Charles (1882 - 1912). After the company also became known in Europe, Henri Farman succeeded in winning the Grand Prix d'Aviation with a flight over a closed kilometre in an aeroplane built by the Voisin brothers. During the First World War, the aeroplane manufacturer Aéroplanes Voisin became more important and was able to establish itself as one of the most successful aeroplane manufacturers. At the end of the hostilities Gabriel Voisin reorganised his factories in order to produce high-end vehicles up to 1938. These vehicles were fitted with 4.6 and 12 cylinder engines without valves.
The production of authenticity and the company are still remarkable nowadays. The vehicle brand "Avions Voisin" is reminiscent of aviation history which can be found in its fabrications: lightness, centring, use of aluminium, etc.
The odern bodies with art deco lines were true hallmarks of this era. The Voisin company made a name for itself with speed and distance world records, and participated successfully in renowned races such as the Strasbourg Grand Prix in 1922. Voisin produced over 10,000 vehicles in around 30 different model series. After 1945 Voisin was integrated in SNECMA, now SAFRAN. Later on Gabriel Voisin ran a design studio which implemented a large number of exciting projects, for example the first ultralight aircraft and prototypes. During the 1950s the "Biscooter" design, a minimalistic, economic and original vehicle in a production run of 15,000 units was manufactured in Spain.
Gabriel Voisin passed away at the age of 93 on Christmas Day 1973. Founded in 1986, the Club of Friends of Gabriel Voisin set itself the task of preserving memories of Gabriel Voisin and his work, achievements and writings, and
making them accessible to the general public. The Club is not only a place for meetings and discussions, it also organises its own events, friendship meetings and exhibitions. Photographs, technical bulletins, plans and historic documents are catalogued and stored in breathtaking archives. Members are also informed about historical records in a quarterly newsletter and receive technical advice.