50 years of ‘Le Mans,’ Steve McQueen’s love letter to auto racing

Steve McQueen portrays tight-lipped American racer Michael Delaney in director Lee Katzin’s quasi-documentary “Le Mans.”
Steve McQueen portrays tight-lipped American racer Michael Delaney in director Lee Katzin’s quasi-documentary “Le Mans.”
Shaggy-haired 40-year-old Steve McQueen portrays tight-lipped American racer Michael Delaney in director Lee Katzin’s quasi-documentary “Le Mans,” unleashed on June 16, 1971, to some of the most scathing notices of McQueen’s career. “Le Mans” did reveal the actor’s well-intentioned passion and star power at its zenith. Photography by Mel Traxel or André Marc Delourmel / Paramount Pictures
Click to experience Chad McQueen recalling the French set of “Le Mans” as an enthralled nine-year-old alongside his iconic father. The 24-minute 2001 documentary is entitled “Filming at Speed: The Making of the Movie ‘Le Mans.’” Video Credit: WATV Productions / Chad McQueen / Josh Silver
Steve McQueen coolly rides a motorcycle in the Mojave Desert on June 13, 1971, selected for the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Steve McQueen coolly rides a motorcycle in the Mojave Desert on June 13, 1971, selected for the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Steve McQueen escapes on wheels! Completely in his element, a shirtless, helmeted King of Cool determinedly rides a motorcycle in the Mojave Desert on June 13, 1971, for the cover of Sports Illustrated. Just three days later “Le Mans” would open in Los Angeles. Photography by Heinz Kluetmeier / Authentic Brands Group
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Video Credit: Paramount Pictures
Video Credit: Paramount Pictures

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