Australian Muscle Car

Pierre Legionnair­e

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Pierre Dieudonne was a central figure to arguably the most turbulent week in local motor racing history – his first week in Australia. AMC caught up with him three decades on.

Peter Brock won The Great Race in 1987. Everyone knows that. Yet, it was an unknown Belgian, driving a car that’s become one of the most infamous in Australian motorsport history, whose car was first to the chequered flag at Mount Panorama that year.

Pierre Dieudonne shared an Eggenberge­r Motorsport Ford Sierra with Steve ‘Soperman’ Soper and now, for the first time in nearly 30 years, he is going on the record with his side of one of the biggest Bathurst controvers­ies.

Dieudonne says he never suspected his Texaco Sierra was illegal, thought Brock was grandstand­ing with his lurid slides on the greasy track, and was stunned and humbled by his Bathurst experience. And he says he still has the Rookie of the Year trophy tucked away at his home in Monaco.

“Bathurst appeared to me as very special and in a class of its own. Perhaps I was a bit mad, but in those years I always liked the daunting circuits,” Dieudonne recalls. “As drivers, we had to come to grips with a new, very challengin­g track, facing the local heroes and the hordes of their supporters. “The whole experience was thrilling.” The Belgian made three more trips to Bathurst after his factory Ford appearance, racing Sierras with Allan Moffat and Andrew Bagnall, although

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