24h Le Mans
25/03/2020 - 16:01

Albert Uderzo, Astérix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Beloved French comic book artist Albert Uderzo has passed away at the age of 92. An automobile lover and huge fan of motorsport, he referenced his passion in several of the adventures of his most famous creation, Astérix, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Albert Uderzo, Astérix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans

As a great fan of racing and beautiful cars, namely Ferrari, Albert Uderzo easily shared his passion in his works. In the second Astérix comic book, "La Serpe d'Or" published in 1962, Astérix and Obélix happen upon the town of Suindinium on the day of the big oxcart race. He called it the 24 Heures de Suindinium and gave it a Le Mans start as a nod to the legendary race. Uderzo illustrated 38 Astérix books between 1959 and 2019, selling 380 million copies worldwide. 

Co-creator of Astérix with René Goscinny, Uderzo owned several remarkable Ferraris (including a 512 M) and belonged to a Ferrari club, affording him the opportunity to do laps and many well-known circuits.

Albert Uderzo passed away at the age of 92 after a sudden heart attack. The Automobile Club de l'Ouest would like to extend its sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones. 

BREAKING NEWS: THE 24 HOURS OF LE MANS POSTPONED TO 19–20 SEPTEMBER 2020