The place is the Nurburgring, Germany. Rudi Caracciola approaches in spectacular motion one of the most dangerous corners of the circuit, in his Mercedes W154.
The people at the Mercedes Heritage website pointed this out: notice the rails. You can’t, actually, because there aren’t any. Judging by the angle of the rear end of that Mercedes, this move took some serious courage. I say courage, but I really means balls.
Most of you have seen McQueen on “Le Mans”, Lee Katzin’s 1971 production.
What some of you might not know (I didn’t) is that we could have seen McQueen on ‘Grand Prix’ as well, or at least in some other form of it. Here are the words of Smuckatelli on the topic:
“Steve McQueen had the idea to make a movie about Grand Prix racing and it was to be called “Day of the Champion” with MGM producing the movie. Steve even did some work using a Lotus camera car (see photo). That is actually Steve driving the car with some brave schmuck working the camera. Unfortunately for Steve John Frankenheimer started production on his movie called “Grand Prix” and they cast Steve’s good friend James Garner as the lead. As a result Day of the Champion was put on the shelf and Steve got so angry that he didn’t speak to James Garner for two years.”
Portugal was once a synonym for fast, full on racing pedigree as far as Formula 1 is concerned, up until we lost the great street circuits both in Lisbon and Oporto — and then Estoril. It’s like the country dumped F1 for good.
So today it is quite endearing for us to watch clips like these, which remind us of what we once had and how a country, in serious need of development back in the days, stopped to a halt just to get a glimpse of what it felt like to live life really really fast.
This event was won by Stirling Moss (Cooper/Climax) with our own portuguese pilot Mário Araújo Cabral coming in 10th (Cooper/Maserati).