Frenchy famous in France
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.