Friday, May 21, 2010

Racing to Le Mans

24 Heures du Mans, better known as the Grand Prix of Endurance, is the world's oldest sports car race, which has run every year in France since 1923 near the town of Le Mans. Years ago, film director Lee H. Katzin went for reality by shooting footage during the actual 1970 24 Heures du Mans auto race to add authenticity to his action movie, Le Mans. Steve McQueen, who starred in the film, intended to actually race a Porsche 917 together with Jackie Stewart in Le Mans, but the #26 entry was not accepted. As a result, McQueen is shown in the movie starting the race in a blue #20 Gulf-Porsche 917K, which in the real race was driven by Jo Siffert and Brian Redman.

Revved up to catch the action in person? General Motors is running a Race To Win Corvette Contest, to give away a trip to Le Mans for two, which includes two plane tickets to Paris with air transfers to Le Mans, four nights in a hotel in the Le Mans area, two tickets to the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans Race, including trackside meals and hospitality, and an $800 travel allowance. Back in the States, you'll also drive away with a 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport! Start your engine and enter.

- the link to the Race to Win Corvette:

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