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Bridging the Gulf between Le Mans and Hollywood

Bridging the Gulf between Le Mans and Hollywood

Steve McQueen brought the drama of the most famous 24-hour endurance race to life on the big screen in the movie Le Mans, but he was no mere imitator. He was an accomplished driver whose passion for the sport led him to make Le Mans, now considered one of the greatest racing films of all time. The car he made famous in that film was the #20 Porsche 917K in the distinctive Gulf blue and orange colors. The #20 car in the film — and the one AUTOart replicates in 1:18 diecast — was driven by Jo Siffert and Brian Redman. McQueen himself had entered the same event in another 917co-driving with F1 ace Jackie Stewart, but the car did not end up being allowed to start. The footage of the #20 car is in the film is real — taken during the 1970 race — one reason why the movie is considered such an accurate depiction.

So too AUTOart’s model, with its curvacious body, tight panel gaps, highly detailed wheels and interior. Any fan of the movie will truly appreciate this model, and the history it represents.

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