With all due respect to our colleagues in that pleasant small country just over the Channel, the best a slightly inebriated group of around 20 or so of us could come up with was half-a-dozen-or-so names of ‘famous Belgians’.
These included cyclist Eddy Merckx; the inventor of the saxophone, Adolphe Sax; a 1970s punk singer, Plastic Bertrand (remember Ça plane pour moi?); surrealist artist Rene Magritte; ‘The Muscles from Brussels’ actor Jean-Claude Van Damme; Tintin cartoonist, Hergé; actress Audrey Hepburn, plus racing drivers Jackie Ickx, Paul Frère, Thierry Neuville, Thierry Boutsen and the fictitious comic book racer Michel Valliant (created by Jean Graton)!
Despite its small size and modest population, in recent years Belgium has truly punched above its weight in producing a number of talented car designers that may well have styled the car you are driving – or dream about – today. As unlikely as this might seem, here is the evidence, with over half-a-dozen current leading Belgian car designers.