Hollywood star James Garner was born on this day way back in 1928 and went on to have an acting career that has spanned 5 decades and includes close to 100 titles. For most car enthusiasts though, there is really only one that matters: John Frankeheimer’s epic racing movie, Grand Prix. Ok, perhaps his role alongside Steve McQueen in The Great Escape is up there too.
In Grand Prix, Garner played American driver Pete Aron, as he worked his way through the international Grand Prix racing circus. During the filming, it became evident that the actor was as good a driver as many of the professionals that surrounded him in the movie. This revelation led to some real life racing back in the States including the 24 Hours of Daytona.
From all of us here in The Garage, Happy Birthday James Garner!