Q&A

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Man -

What are the golden rules or ‘must haves’ of car­toon­ing?

You make sure ev­ery­one reads from the left to the right; that’s ba­sic jour­nal­ism. You al­ways make sure the speech clouds are clear and you lay it out like a stage.

I’ve al­ways tried to draw the cars as they re­ally are. In other words, if there is a ma­jor spon­sor, I’ve al­ways tried to recre­ate the logo as ac­cu­rately as pos­si­ble. I guess that came from the old days of work­ing for Marl­boro.

A sig­na­ture item of your rac­ing car­toons is the seag­ull, who in the early days was called ‘Zed’…

Yes, the seag­ull is my al­ter-ego. He’s do­ing what I’d like do­ing: stand­ing on the hill with a tin­nie in hand watch­ing mo­tor­sport and mak­ing rude com­ments!

A lot of peo­ple say, ‘You can’t get away with what the seag­ull said’. But when I leave the seag­ull out, I get com­plaint calls!

The other bird is a chicken hawk. [ED: Called ‘Wood Duck’].

The 1970s and ‘80s was a golden time to be a car­toon­ist given the amaz­ing char­ac­ters on the rac­ing scene.

You’re dead right. I was blessed. You had your Peter Jan­sons com­plete with dis­tinc­tive head­wear, like his deer­stalker. You had Peter Brock in full flight. These days, boy, it can be a strug­gle as they are all so pretty and they all dress the same. It’s dif­fi­cult to make Jamie Whin­cup and Mark Win­ter­bot­tom stand out. I quite like draw­ing Shane Van Gis­ber­gen as he’s such a big boy. But the big­gest char­ac­ter on the V8 Su­per­car scene today [ ED: 2016 vin­tage Stonie be­low] is Garry Rogers. I can dress him up in any­thing. A cou­ple of times I’ve dressed him up and then he’s gone out and bought the out­fit and worn it! Like when I dressed him up, when he got the Volvo deal, as a mem­ber of ABBA.

You were also a mem­ber of Mur­ray Carter’s crew at one stage?

For Bathurst 1976 I went up to give ‘Cuppa Tea Mo­tors Rac­ing’ a hand with tim­ing and was

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