James Garner: Racer

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It’s ironic that we featured Francois Hardy recently.

A few of weeks ago James Garner, her co star in Grand Prix, John Frankenheimer’s flawed motorsport classic from 1966, died peacefully at the impressive age of 86.

Here’s a flavour of the film.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33w2hPO7t1g[/youtube]

Plaudits were universal on the man’s down-home straight forwardness. We loved his straight ahead, understated macho style. He was a petrol head too, and a self-avowed fan of race cars – driving the pace car at Indianapolis 500 on a number of occasions. He famously commissioned a 4 seater, road-going Indy car too. Here are some pics of that.

Rest In Power Mr Garner!

You rocked that racing suit better than most.

 

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