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It’s Le Mans 24hrs weekend – win a DVD about the classic Steve McQueen movie
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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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I would love to have this film in my collection.

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

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consider this my entry

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

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The trailer was fascinating and a window into the real SteveMcQueen

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Andrew Head
Cheers James

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McQueen. What a man.

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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.

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Fingers crossed to win it.

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Thanks

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Jayaraj D

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Love to watch it again.

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Giovanni Tomasello

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Still the greatest race on earth

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Best movie ever!!!!

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Me too

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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!

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Yes please!

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In it to win it

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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.

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

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Mr. Ekins’ daughters were named Susan and Donna.

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Nahar Abdul Rahman Sabri

Nahar Abdul Rahman Sabri.

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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!

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