John French (racing driver)
|This biographical article relies too much on references to primary sources. (October 2014)|
French had a long career throughout the 60s and 70s and the early 80s. He won the 1962 Australian GT Championship driving a Centaur-Waggott and in 1969 French paired with Allan Moffat to win the Sandown Three Hour race in a Ford Falcon GTHO Phase I. French was well known multi-franchise car dealer selling BMC vehicles, Alfa Romeo, Renault, Peugeot and Subaru in Brisbane. Many of the marques he sold featured prominently in his professional racing career.
Nationally however he is best remembered as Dick Johnson's co-driver to win the crash-shortened 1981 Bathurst 1000 (French was driving the #17 Ford XD Falcon when the race was stopped, but wasn't one of the cars in the accident). He regularly drove the works Ford Falcon GTHO's alongside Allan Moffat, and also drove Moffat's and Ian Geoghegan's Improved Production Ford Falcon GTHOs in the Australian Touring Car Championship rounds when Moffat and Geoghegan were driving their Mustangs.
|1962||Australian GT Championship||1st||Centaur Waggott||GP Cars Racing Team|
|1964||Australian Touring Car Championship||8th||Morris Cooper S|
|1966||Australian Touring Car Championship||6th||Morris Cooper S|
|1967||Australian Touring Car Championship||8th||Morris Cooper S|
|1969||Australian Touring Car Championship||10th||Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV||Alec Mildren Racing|
|1970||Australian Touring Car Championship||12th||Morris Cooper S|
|1971||Australian Touring Car Championship||6th||Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III||Allan Moffat Racing
Geoghegans Sporty Cars
|1972||Australian Touring Car Championship||23rd||Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III||Bryan Byrt Ford|
|1974||Australian Touring Car Championship||10th||Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV|
|1975||Australian Touring Car Championship||9th||Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV|
|1980||Australian Touring Car Championship||24th||Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV|
- Tuckey, Bill, ed. (1984/85). "James Hardie 1000" 4. BFT Publishing Group Pty Ltd. p. 335. ISSN 0811-546X. Check date values in:
- "James Hardie 1000 Mount Panorama, Bathurst 4th October, 1981". Unique Cars and Parts. Retrieved 2010-01-17.
|Winner of the Bathurst 1000
(with Dick Johnson)