I just finished watching a documentary on Steve McQueen and the making of his movie – LeMans. The name of this is Steve McQueen & LeMans.
As anyone who is familiar with the movie would know, I paraphrase one of the most moving lines in the movie as the tag line for my site ~
“racing is life, everything else is just waiting….”
During the documentary, Steve’s wife of the time Neile Adams makes a comment that during the making of the movie, Steve lost everything….. maybe so. Steve never raced again, the desire to do so was gone and without that you endanger not only yourself but others around you, so I respect him greatly for that decision.
What he might have never known and I wish there was a way to tell him, was that he created a legion of men who understand, who understand that “When you’re racing, it’s life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.….”
I attended the movie “LeMans” the very first weekend it was shown in 1971, the movie and Steve changed the way I thought and felt about motor racing. My career, what there was of it, my family and friends, all the things that make me – me ~ all move to a little place somewhere else in my psyche when I step into my racing car. At that moment and until I step out, it is only man and machine. It always has been and it always will be like that for me.
Thank you Steve.