" They don't make them like James any more. He was legendarily chaotic. Before each race he was terrified at the prospect of crashing and burning and dying. He was a unrepentant smoker, drinker and party guy. But he could drive. "
James Garner: Racer
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.
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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