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June 23, 1971 – The movie Le Mans, starring Steve McQueen, debuts
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June 23, 1971 – The movie Le Mans, starring Steve McQueen, debuts

Graphic via www.porschemotorcarsales.com "Le Mans," starring Steve McQueen as a Team Porsche driver, debuted in theaters on this day in 1971. In the film, McQueen's character Michael Delaney drives a Porsche 917K against his rivals, all in the midst of a love story, of course. To enhance the action, the film uses real footage captured during the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans race. McQueen, a passionate race car driver, was able to add to the realism of the film's driving sequences. The car, a real Porsche 917, certainly didn't hurt either. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=228f-dPxI3Q Steve McQueen's Porsche 917 From www.porschemotorcarsales.com: Considered by many as the most famous Porsche 917 ever built, it was last sold at an auction in 2017, bringing in a figure of 14 mil...
November 7, 1980 – The death of Steve McQueen
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November 7, 1980 – The death of Steve McQueen

The “King of Cool” Steve McQueen passed away on this day in 1980 due to pleural mesothelioma, a cancer associated with asbestos exposure. Born Terence Stephen McQueen on March 24, 1930, he would go on to make a name for himself in Hollywood and on the racetrack. Starring in such films as The Cincinnati Kid, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Getaway, Oscar nominated The Sand Pebbles and Papillon, McQueen was well known on the screen. His other passion, which was reflected in many of his movies, including Bullitt, was auto racing. Above: McQueen in the Bullitt Mustang. Top: McQueen with his horse, Doc, and his Jaguar XKSS (1960). In several of his movies, including the famous chase scene through the streets of San Francisco in Bullitt, McQueen conducted much of his own driving stunts. ...

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