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James Garner – Looking back at Grand Prix

Submitted by on July 21, 2014

James Garner Grand PrixWith the sad news of James Garner’s recent passing washing over the community. Let’s take a look back at the masterpiece we best remember him for.

Released to the public way back in 1966, Grand Prix remains a motorsport fan favorite film today. It told the story of Pete Aron, an American Grand Prix racer who drove for Japanese based Yamura Motors after losing his ride with Jordan-BRM following a crash at Monaco. The lead role of Pete Aron was played by American actor James Garner, who is remembered by many for his roles in movies such as The Great Escape, and The Notebook.

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The auto racing fan, war hero and a Hollywood star passed away in California on the weekend, aged 86. Here at the offices of Motorsport Retro, we’re remembering James Garner by watching all over again Grand Prix clips, and recalling how great of a role Garner played. Rest in peace.

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