German Engineering, Hollywood Ending / 24 Hours Le Mans, France / 13-14 June 1970
The rain poured down for much of the 1970 Le Mans, but that wasn’t enough to keep the movie cameras away. Much of the action from the race was used in the 1971 Steve McQueen film of the same name; with the Porsche 917 playing a supporting role.
Here we see the 917K, driven by the team of Hans Hermann and Richard Attwood, cruising through the deluge on their way to claim Porsche’s first-ever win at Le Mans.
Hermann, who was 43 at the time, promised his wife before the race that if he won, he would immediately retire from racing. He had only been half-joking, but after having witnessed too many tragic deaths in the past, and having just earned the most dramatic win of his career, he decided to make good on his promise and finish his career with a happy ending.
About the Automobilist Fine Art Prints
The fine art prints depict unique moments in motorsport history, uniquely brought to life. Starting life as car illustrations, the team of artists then use the very latest CGI modelling techniques to build the cars from scratch – incorporating car photography to create the environments down to the very last detail. It’s automotive fine art like you’ve never seen before.