German Engineering, Hollywood Ending - Artwork, Small Print, Unframed
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 Herrmann 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.