Apr 072011
 
James Garner in the movie "Grand Prix"

James Garner in the movie "Grand Prix"

According to Gary Grant at TheGarageBlog.com, “Hollywood star James Garner was born on this day way back in 1928 and went on to have an acting career that has spanned 5 decades and includes close to 100 titles. For most car enthusiasts though, there is really only one that matters: John Frankeheimer’s epic racing movie, Grand Prix. Ok, perhaps his role alongside Steve McQueen in The Great Escape is up there too.

In Grand Prix, Garner played American driver Pete Aron, as he worked his way through the international Grand Prix racing circuit. During the filming, it became evident that the actor was as good a driver as many of the professionals that surrounded him in the movie. This revelation led to some real life racing back in the States including the 24 Hours of Daytona.”

James Garner At Daytona 1969
This Photo shows James Garner welcoming Lothar Motschenbacher after that car finished 2nd in the 1969 24 Hours of Daytona.

Read more at: http://www.sportscardigest.com/1969-24-hours-of-daytona-james-garner/#ixzz1Iu4Dk1te

Thanks to TheGarageBlog.com.

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