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.
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.