Note Aston Martin DB3S #26 and #27 standing in for the Bellini 3.6 that apparently was rejected by the French orgsnizers for undesclosed variences with the regulations.
You have NOT
veered (a much needed pun...when we reference the "terminal-over steering" Bellini 3.6) too distant from the facts, in this regard. Actually, you see, at the penultimate soiree, leading up to the event, the Bros. Bellini made it known, to one-and-all, that they viewed French Cognac as a less appealing drink than giraffe pee...and less potent, too!. It's said that the French Foreign Minister, who was near at hand, could have accepted their opinion with an aire of indifference...but NOT their "hysterically-sarcastic laughter which accompanied their comments.
The always over estimated weight of the French Government was directed against the major-domo's of the FIA, who then threatened the promoters/track facility with loss of accreditation...if, IF
they didn't refuse "The Two Bloody-Englishmen's entry." As the translated copy, of the decreed stated.
Forever after, Da Boys, & their legion of fans, considered the Circuit de la Sarthe to be as huge a joke, as the Froggies had long viewed their car and effort.
AS IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN...