John French (racing driver)

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John French (born 28 November 1930 in Millaa Millaa, Queensland[1]) is a retired Australian racing driver.

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).[2] 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.

Gallery[edit]

Career results[edit]

Season Series Position Car Team
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tuckey, Bill, ed. (1984/85). "James Hardie 1000" 4. BFT Publishing Group Pty Ltd. p. 335. ISSN 0811-546X.  Check date values in: |date= (help);
  2. ^ "James Hardie 1000 Mount Panorama, Bathurst 4th October, 1981". Unique Cars and Parts. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Peter Brock
Jim Richards
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
1981
(with Dick Johnson)
Succeeded by
Peter Brock
Larry Perkins