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Feature Film: The Racing Scene

Hop into our time machine. Destination: the racing scene of 50 years ago


After James Garner starred in the 1966 John Frankenheimer epic, Grand Prix, like many other actors before and after him, he caught the racing disease. In so doing, his growing interest in the sport led him to produce his own film: The Racing Scene.

This film follows the actor on several racing adventures, as both a driver and team owner from a Bronco at Baja; to a Lola at the 24 Hours of Daytona and Sebring; to a Surtees Formula 5000 — testing at Silverstone and racing in the premier North American series. Constantly surrounded by the racing stars of the day, the amazing cameos from everyone including Mario Andretti, John Surtees, Parnelli Jones, Chris Amon, Sam Posey, David Hobbs, Bob Bondurant, Davey Jordan, Scooter Patrick, Chuck Parsons, Lothar Motsenbacher and many more.

Racing was clearly in a completely different space in this era. It was dangerous, glamorous, and the participants were much more hard-nosed professionals putting dinner on the table. There certainly were the dilettantes, but they too were there to win. Sam Posey was a descendant of the DuPont family. In contrast, one of Garner’s regular drivers, Davey Jordan, was a heating and air conditioning guy during the week.

Narrated by Garner himself, in the iconic tone that made him so famous for playing “James Garner” in every role from Pete Aaron to Jim Rockford, this is a very fun time machine trip to 50 years ago and that glorious racing scene.

The racing Scene, Feature Film: The Racing Scene, ClassicCars.com Journal

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Tom Stahler
Tom Stahler
Tom Stahler is the Managing Editor of the ClassicCars.com Journal. Tom has a lifelong love of cars and motor racing – beginning with the 1968 USRRC race at Road America, in a stroller, at eight months of age. His words, photos and broadcasts can can be found on a myriad of media. He has won the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor Award and a Gold Medal in the International Automotive Media Awards.


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