There aren’t many big actors to talk about with movies portraying motorsport culture. Until recently when Chris Hemsworth portrayed the rather flamboyant James Hunt in the movie Rush, the only really impactful performance from a motorsport oriented motion picture was from Steve McQueen, who presented his passion for motorsport with the movie Le Mans. The King of Cool who performed most of his stunts on his own; McQueen was an avid racecar and motorcycle aficionado. He once famously said, “I’m not sure whether I’m an actor who races, or a racer who acts”. Almost 46-years after Steve McQueen put countless hours into his passion project to create a movie about the toughest endurance road race on the planet that is Le Mans, in which he played the role of Michael Delaney, professional racecar driver, a team of creative illustrators led by Sandro Garbo has decided to create their own homage on the great actor and his stint with motorsport.
A team of artists led by Sandro Garbo have designed a graphic novel as a tribute to McQueen. Moreover, McQueen was about to participate in the 1970 Le Mans race with Jackie Stewart in that same year, however, film backers threatened him that they would withdraw the support if he raced in the event. Understanding the importance of his acting career, McQueen decided not to participate in the race.
Started in 2013, it took 3 years for Garbo and his team to create and publish this epic novel. Garbo and his team have infused rich detailing for characters and cars. The Porsche 917, Ferrari 512 and other illustrations are drawn to perfection. Hats-off to Garbo and his entire team who have worked endlessly in creating an important piece of motorsport history. Head to the official Garbo studio website to purchase the Steve McQueen in LeMans 24 hour race novel.
Image source – Garbo Studios