Frenchy fa­mous in France

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Dutch AMC reader Ge­orge Koop­man – who acts as our quasi Euro­pean cor­re­spon­dent – is al­ways on the look­out for quirky ref­er­ences to Aus­tralian mus­cle cars and of­ten sends us lit­tle gems. Ge­orge has out­done him­self with his lat­est pop cul­ture find, a French and Dutch lan­guage comic book en­ti­tled, Sin­clair – Bathurst 1968.

“It’s about a young French driver in­vited to the Bathurst 1968 race, through some­one called John French,” Ge­orge writes. “I sus­pect it’s more the last name that made the au­thors de­cide to use his name, than the ac­tual per­son; re­sem­blance is pretty vague.

“Then there’s a long-lost father and some gold and a fire, some­how all con­nected. Well, the car this guy drives is a Re­nault R8 Gor­dini and it is beau­ti­fully de­tailed, as to be ex­pected of a French writer and Ital­ian artist. There’s a some­what recog­nis­able Fal­con, but the rest of the cars seem to be a mash-up of 1960s and ’70s Aus­tralian- and Amer­i­can-look­ing cars.” 1968 Hardie-Ferodo 500 win­ners Bruce McPhee and Barry Mul­hol­land get a men­tion and the whole thing is won­der­fully bizarre! It just goes to show that Bathurst’s fame tran­scends the event’s home coun­try.

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