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Steve McQueen
Posted By: James Allen  |  16 Jun 2017   |  4:51 pm GMT  |  140 comments

This weekend is the Le Mans 24 hours, one of the great races on the international motorsport calendar. Popular ex-F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi starts on pole in a Toyota.

The movie Steve McQueen made around the 1970 race was a commercial flop at the time, but it has stood the test of time as one of the great motor racing films alongside Grand Prix and Senna.

It was a very personal project for McQueen, an keen amateur driver, who wanted to make the most authentic movie possible about the sport he loved.

However the back story to the film, the carnage behind the scenes over the script, the budget and the accidents involving famous drivers, which resulted in amputation of a leg for David Piper and facial burns for Derek Bell, are all told in the documentary “Steve McQueen: The Man and Le Mans”.

And to celebrate this year’s Le Mans event, we are giving away, in a JA on F1 competition, three copies of the recently released DVD.

McQueen’s son Chad, who was a child at the time the movie was shot in 1970 and stayed with his mother and father in Le Mans throughout the filming, is one of the narrators of this fascinating film.

At the time McQueen was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood and could more or less name his price and name his project. In that climate Le Mans began production but it went so out of control that the final filming was done in Autumn and they had to paint leaves green to match the shots captured in June around the race!

McQueen played a driver of the Gulf Porsche 917s, locked in a duel with a German ace on the works Ferrari team. The action shots capture one of the most iconic periods in motorsport history.

Steve McQueen

It’s a compelling watch so if you want to get your hands on a copy of the DVD simply leave your name in the Comments Section below and make sure you sign in with a valid email address so we can contact the winners.

They will be picked at random at the end of the Le Mans 24 hours weekend on Sunday evening June 18. Only one entry per person, no restriction on what country you come from to enter.

There is also a signed poster of the movie which we will also give away.

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1
Stuart Gillespie

Would love to win this!

2
Matthew Grundy

Matthew Grundy

Great site James! 👍

3

LUIS MIGUEL RUBIRA

4

I'd love to win this

5

me too

6

DB Fuller

7

Fab film!

8

Sign me up !

9

The Le Mans 24 Hours and its history have captured my interest for years.
Vijay Sankar

10

great movie. "racing is life...anything before or after is just waiting."

11

Sam Hurst

12

Reader since 2008...

13
Sebastian Padina

I love that movie. They don't make them like they used to!

14

Thanks James

15

The scene where the iconic Actor amateur race car driver drives his Black 911 Porsche thru the landscapes of France to the Race track where the Classic race of all time will begin in a few days and become a cult to all race fans including myself as I am an avid Steve McQueen fan and have collected books, movies and even have the scaled model which drove in the movie Le'mans filmed in Le'mans France. It would be a privilege to own this piece of documentary race behind the scenes of the American Actor Steve McQueen.

16

Steve McQueen owned a series of great cars, including an XKSS, a factory converted Jaguar D-Type. Back when the D-Type ruled LeMans.

17

thanks

18

Paul from Oxford

19

I'don't love to have one

20

Yes please James!

21

Thank You James for giving these away.
It looks like a very interesting film and especially interesting to watch right now.

22
Cesar Shimabuku

Cesar Shimabuku

23

Sounds great! Many thanks

24

Fingers crossed!

25
Femke Vandevyvere

feel like winning!

26

A stunningly fast lap, but I hope #8 wins after last year and Toyota deserves a first win since the 90s.

27
Robert in San Diego

I hate to say it but that era is right in my wheel house. A win would bring back great memories.

28

Pick me!

29
Luis Rodrigues

Would love to win a copy.

Great site James.

30

Here's wishing me luck 😀

31

Graham barker

32

Eric Webster

33

I never win anything. Maybe this will be my lucky day. #hint

34

Love JA on F1. Send me a DVD!

35

Sounds like a great movie!

36

Sounds like a great documentary. Andrew Kirk

37

Great racing movie!

38

Wowzers!!! - Ben Powell

39

Interesting

40

Grand Prix is a great film, a classic. Le man is good to, but never I've never really been fascinated with the race really. The track, yes. Would love to see an F1 race there!

41

James k
Come now the greatest racing movie is
Will Ferrell & Sacha Baron Cohen in the Shake'n'Bake movie
"Talladega Nights The Ballad of Ricky Bobby ". 😉

42

Brendon Norrie

43

Cool and groovy!

44

Super give away. Loved the original movie and I am old enough to have seen it when it cam out.

45

It would be an honour to own it

46

Grazie mile!

47

Make mine the Blue-ray version, please.

48

Just let me know when you are preparing to send my prize. Thanks!

49

I love the original and I still watch it from time to time.

50

Maybe Liberty need to take a leaf out of how James runs this site and apply it to the running of Formula One. Just the mere mention of the word "free" gets people flocking in your direction!

51

Giddy up!! 😀

52

Nice prize James..................

53

Brian Wangila

54

paul jaworski here from the states. I never win anything so maybe this is my lucky weekend. :>)

55
Ananta Kharismadi

Ananta Kharismadi
It will become my favourite movie

56

McQueen was the best, though James Gardner was good in Grand Prix....another great movie

57

The doco reveals that vMcQueen turned down the Garner role in Grand Prix

Imagine if he had done it!

58

Good luck everyone! Great movie!

59

Love your work

60
Cedric Baumgartner

Cedric Baumgartner

Thanks James!

61

Don't forget those of us over here in The Colonies

62

Would love to hear the back story on this movie.

63

Good Luck to all who enter.

64

this is awesome

65

David.

66

Alan Li (from Toronto, Canada)

Would love to win this DVD AND the poster!

67

Saw a truncated version on some TV station here in Thailand, not very good. Be good to have the real version. Loved Steve McQueen....he was the man.

68
johnpierre rivera

hey James nice one....

jp rivera

69

Absolutely captivating truly the most iconic period this will forever be gripping to all

70
GGraeme Douglas

Still the best race, but this was one of the best eras.

71

Chris severin. Yes please

72

Name thrown in the hat!

73
Russell Poynter

Russell Poynter- Steve McQueen magic!

74

Remember going to see the original movie at the drive-in with dad when I was 9.
cheers

75

Would be delighted to win 🙂

76
Robin (the other Robin)

Robin Venables

77

Thanks James, looks like a must have for the collection.
Keep up the good work.
Nick.

78

will be watching the 24hrs race this weekend.

79

This film is a must watch for any motorsports fan!!

Dan Wilson

80

David Cousins

81

Richard Groves

82
Simon Armstrong

Simon Armstrong

83

David North

84

I'd love a copy of the dvd!!!

85

Yes please

86

Michel lacle

87

Would love to win this

88

would be great to have this for my collection !

89
Daniel Ottersen

Looks like a really interesting movie, and I'd love to win it!

90

Ronnie Wood (Not the famous one!)

91

Already have the movie, would love to own this too!

92
Peter Perrault

I have Steve's Le Mans. I watch it before I take my Miata out on track. Great incentive!

93
Nahar Abdul Rahman Sabri

Nahar Abdul Rahman Sabri

94

Ey Up Mi Duck!

95
Siopis Dimitris

Good luck!

96

great movie

97

Yes please!

98

udit miglani
thank you

99
Bil Hardenberger

Bil Hardenberger

100

LeMans and Kamui samurai Kobayashi form a perfect duo!!!

101

Brian keates

102

As a fan of film and racing winning this would be quite nice.

103

Let's check out who is the luckiest. 😉✌️

104
Paul Acott-Stephens

Great site, thanks.

106

Count me in please 🙂

107

oh yeah

108

This is the one to have. Please James!!!!

109

Billy

The guy is a legend. From the first time i saw the WW2 film....
Still want him to make that jump into Switzerland on that awesome bike.
Every time the films on at Christmas I'm still gunning for Mr Mc Queen.
The LeMan film is awesome too.
As is Mr Garner in the Grand Prix film especially the scenes at Monte Carlo.

110

A wonderful classic, a masterpiece of its time. Yes please!

111

Would love to win this

112
Clarks4WheelDrift

Poor Toyota.

Their sole running LMP1 car has spent an hour and a half in the pits getting it's hybrid unit replaced!!

Good old hybrids, eh, is there something about hybrid engineering from Japan...

Currently once Porsche retirement away from an 2nd class car winning Le Mans!

113

James Phelan

114

JA unfortunately just parked his race car this morning on track. Not sure what the trouble was? Porsche appears to have this year's win in the bag after both leading Toyotas abandoned early into the night. Tough luck for the Toyota folks, but this is 24h Le Mans. Sign me up please for that epic movie!

115
Nahar Abdul Rahman Sabri

Nahar Abdul Rahman Sabri.

116

I went to the world premier of "Le Mans" at the Topanga Theater which was only two blocks from where I lived. I got to park my '66 912 in the reserved Porsche only parking and I was just 20. Too bad my girlfriend in 1968 had a friend named Tina, who's dad was Bud Ekins, as she made trouble for me and my girlfriend. Life in L.A.

117

Correction, Tina was Dave Ekin's daughter, the brother of Bud.

118

Mr. Ekins' daughters were named Susan and Donna.

119

In it to win it

120

Yes please!

121

What an icon of a man. I remember seeing Bullitt on a truly big screen in 1968 I was 7 or 8 years old. It and he were indelibly stuck in my brain !
I would so enjoy having a copy of this film and if the movie poster is signed by Steve..geez what a treasure!

123

Me too

125

Best movie ever!!!!

126

Still the greatest race on earth

127

Giovanni Tomasello

128

Love to watch it again.

129

Jayaraj D

130

Thanks

132

Fingers crossed to win it.

133

It is great to see more additions to the classic race movies featuring our heroes. Well done JA also on a compelling read of a site.

134

McQueen. What a man.

135

Andrew Head
Cheers James

136

The trailer was fascinating and a window into the real SteveMcQueen

137

Hope to be one of the winners. The first 15 minutes of the movie are a masterchief. Immortal, like Steve Mc Queen.

138

consider this my entry

139

Please pick me for the DVD (or Blu-Ray ?)

140

I would love to have this film in my collection.

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