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Nancy Wallace
Nancy Wallace • 2 years ago

Steve McQueen played a race car driver in the movie Le Mans (1971) which featured actual footage from the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Stuff of Legends: McQueen actually raced in the 1970 12-Hour Sebring race with a broken left foot (suffered in a motorcycle accident the week before). McQueen's Porsche was in FIRST place just 27 minutes before the end of the race, ahead of the Andretti/Merzario team in a Ferrari. Mario Andretti won the race, with the Porsche just 23 seconds behind.

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McQueen’s #29 Porsche 908/2 camera car used for filming at the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans races for footage to make 1971′s “Le Mans.” It’s the same car McQueen co-drove in the 1970 12 Hours of Sebring placing 2nd to Mario Andretti.

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