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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