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24 Hours of Le Mans: "Le Mans" film featuring Steve McQueen

Discussion in 'World Endurance Championship' started by Bram, Jun 11, 2014.

  1. Bram

    Bram
    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    Steve McQueen Le Mans Movie 1971.JPG
    Only a few days left until the start of the race of the year, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Before the lights at Circuit de la Sarthe turn green this Saturday at 15:00 CEST its time to get you into the right mood by presenting the classic "Le Mans" movie featuring cult hero and real life racing car driver Steve McQueen.


    Besides the lead role for McQueen, who has surprisingly little text in this movie, the co-stars of production are the Ferrari 512s and Porsche 917s, iconic racing vehicles with tons of visual and audio appeal to racing enthusiasts.

    After its release in 1971 the film faced a lack of success with the general theatre public, but over time both racing and movie fans have embraced "Le Mans" for its authentic racing scenes, the iconic blue and orange gulf livery on the car of McQueen and above all the film breathes the atmosphere that fans experience when visiting the race, even today in 2014.

    For tonight sit back and relax and enjoy the 1 hour and 48 minutes long action packed film and make sure to share it friends that have not caught the Le Mans virus yet.



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  2. museumsteve

    museumsteve
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    I am ashamed to say I have never watched Le Mans movie, but I think I will watch it this weekend :)
     
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  3. My dad took me to see this in the theatre.
    I've owned the movie for many years.
    Thanks for putting this great racing flick up for all to enjoy!

    Go #20!
     
  4. look for it on youtube HD for free!
     
  5. YAY!!
     
  6. David O'Reilly

    David O'Reilly
    A bad quali means I can go forwards in the race.

    Great stuff, cant wait to watch it.
    In about 1969 my uncle who was a passionate racer took myself aged 10 and my brother aged 11 to watch a 16mm reel to reel documentary of the first Ford GT40 victory. So it will be atmospheric for me.
    It must have had some Ford PR money behind it as they referred really to a David and Goliath battle with "the might of the factory Posche team". Whereas in fact the Ford motor company with its multi million car sales dwarfed the tiny Porsche company.
    30 years later the same uncle later went on to race at Lemans himself in a privately entered Porsche GT2 as well as scoring podiums in the American Lemans series.
    I reminded him of taking us to the movie 30 years earlier.
     
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  7. Well you have had some actors that have ended up driving race cars Steve McQueen was a Racer that did some acting! By far the Best Racer-Actor ever.
     
  8. Why are you linking to pirate footage?
     
  9. David O'Reilly

    David O'Reilly
    A bad quali means I can go forwards in the race.

    I would personally rate Paul Newman higher than McQueen. But indeed he did. McQueen did more on Motorbikes if I am correct.
     
  10. I'd also recommend Truth in 24 II for a more recent insight into Le Mans LMP1. I'm not a huge Audi fan but I did enjoy it.

     
  11. Bram

    Bram
    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    Come on Chris :) This movie is 43 years old and already for two years available on YouTube, the #3 site in the world, without ever been taken down for copyright violations despite YouTube's rigid rules and checksystem.
     
  12. Actually the HD version seems to be not avail anymore on Youtube.
     
  13. No Steve McQueen was pretty frequent in SCCA races and scored 5 top 10's in 1959 and 2 career wins and finished 2nd in the 1970 12hr of Sebring.
     
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