We got hold of a few of the famous VMS Plot boules, designed by Henri Salvador many years ago.
Jeff in Detroit wrote a story about them in 2007.
By the way, VMS was an acronym for:
Vartan Berbérian, a French- Armenian engineer.
Bernard Marle, founder and owner of Groupe Marle, the world's second largest hip implant manufacturer, in Nogent (Haute-Marne).
Henri Salvador, French-Guyanese crooner extraordinaire, who sang and played petanque until his death at age 91 in 2008.
Salvador had the passion, Berbérian the technique, and Marle the means to come up with these one-of-a-kind boules.
The more I write about them, the more I want to hang on to them!
Only 3 sets left
In the summer of 2009, Bernard Marle sold 80 % of his company to the famous Washington, DC based Carlyle Group. Carlyle had no interest in the small, side-line boules operation ("What on earth are boules?") and - from what I heard - Obut tried to buy it out, but a management buyout prevailed. Thus MS remains the only truly independent boules manufacturer in France, besides Obut, and the new kid on the block, KTK.