Henri Julien was born in Gonfaron, France on the 18th September 1927 and is best known as the founder of the AGS team that ran in Formula 1 between 1986 and 1991. But he started in the French 500cc movement. In the late 1940s, Julien was running a small garage and filling station, the Garage de l’Avenir in the Provencal village of Gonfaron.
In 1950 he built a Simca-engined special that may have been called the JH1 (some sources suggest the JH name only began with the formation of AGS). A sequence of chassis were built over the next ten years, variously powered by Panhard and BMW engines, though the later chassis were built to Formula Junior specification. Details are sketchy, and we have no results for Julien.
Henri poses with JH1
In 1988, Philippe Streiff returned to the team. He drove well, but in testing for the 1989 season he was paralysed in an accident in Brazil. Julien sold the team later that year. It carried on until 1991. It now operates an F1 driving experience programme at the Circuit du Var in Luc-en-Provence, and close to the original garage. Julien is honorary president.