GTO 3987 on Mulholland

GTO 3987 on Mulholland

Monday, April 29, 2013

Chad McQueen, Derek Bell, Vic Elford: Le Mans

Last night I attended a panel discussion followed by a screening of the Steve McQueen film Le Mans as the guest of Jay Huffschmidt and Beverly Hills Porsche. The event was part of the on-going TCM Classic Film Festival and it was an outstanding evening.

 The pre-event panel was held across the street at the Hollywood Roosevelt and featured Chad McQueen and drivers Derek Bell and Vic Elford--an evening of legend.

Though I saw Le Mans on the day of its Los Angeles release and many times since then on cable and DVD, it was a treat to see it again on the big screen and enjoy the sights and sounds that are now long gone. As Vic, Derek and Chad agreed, the world of diesel racers at Le Mans lacks the aural excitement of those magnificent Porsche 917s and Ferrari 512s.

As a side note, I spoke briefly with Chad at the end of the panel discussion and remarked that he and his father shared a particular mannerism. Not unusual, but it brought back a vivid memory of my conversation with his father so long ago at the Chez Club.

Thanks, again, to Jay Huffschmidt and Beverly Hills Porsche!

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