Without a doubt, I’m here today because of Steve McQueen’s “Le Mans”. I think I first watched it in 1976 or 77, and the film really marked me. It’s the sole reason why I love so much the 917K and why I like Porsches in general. And the same reason why Ferrari will never be my favorite brand – the 512S was not the “hero car” .
Mostly filmed during the 1970 Le Mans race and released in 1971, you just can’t compare the quality of the film to something modern. But back then, Michael Delaney’s crash really impressed the kid that I was:
Now I know that my beloved 917K was not harmed, since they used a Lola T70 GT Mk. III disguised as Delaney’s Porsche. Seems like even back then a 917K was much more expensive then a T70. But that film was what got me interested in race cars and Le Mans in general.
Think I’ll have to watch it again