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.”