AM and PM

Australian Muscle Car - - Moffat's Keepsakes -

Mal­colm Fraser was prime min­is­ter of Aus­tralia from 1975 un­til 1983. He was best known for his role in the dis­missal of the Whit­lam La­bor gov­ern­ment and the phrase ‘Life wasn’t meant to be easy’. But ‘Big Mal’ was also a car buff and, as these let­ters and photos show, an ac­quain­tance of Mof­fat. The pics here are from the ’77 Sandown 400 meet­ing, where Mof­fat chauf­feured the PM on a (very) quick tour of the Sandown cir­cuit. “He en­joyed very much the cou­ple of laps around Sandown in the Fal­con,” Mof­fat re­calls, adding that Mr Fraser was also more than happy to ac­com­pany him on the podium at Bathurst that year. It’s very hard to imag­ine any sce­nario in which the cur­rent ‘Big Mal’ would write a let­ter to, say, Mark Win­ter­bot­tom, thank­ing him for the loan of a road test Ford Fo­cus. Or Mr Turn­bull be­ing taken for a hot­lap of Sandown in a Fal­con Su­per­car… Note that Mof­fat’s team added ‘pm’ to the hel­met Fraser wore for his hot laps to match the ‘am’ on Mof­fat’s.

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