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Le Mans: Things to see during the quarantine

How many times have you told yourself "I have no time"? Surely many. And, in fact, more than once you have seen yourself wanting to have a whole afternoon for your passion for the classics. Well then, during this time of confinement you can catch up on many things. Among them some films and documentaries about the race of all races: Le Mans.

Possibly now someone has twisted the gesture. The race of all races? Well, the truth is that due to antiquity, risk, mechanical ambition and complexity, we believe that this title is well deserved. What's more, On the asphalt of Le Mans there have been so many and such intense duels that the race is a gold mine for any screenwriter. And if not, there you have a very interesting filmography to corroborate it.

From classic movies like the one played by Steve McQueen to the most recent Le Mans '66 you have guaranteed fun for this time of seclusion at home. In addition, if you are interested in continuing to delve into the subject there are also a few documentaries to become an expert in Le Mans. Come on, not only are you going to spend time in a profitable way, but in the next concentration of classics you will have conversation for a while.


We are not going to lie to you. Regarding what cinema is concerned, it happens to us as with cars. The classic throws us much more than the current. However, the truth is that both in the world of motorsports and in entertainment we find very interesting news. One of them is Le Mans '66. One of the highest grossing films of recent months, which managed to keep us with 100% attention during its almost three hours of footage.

The rhythm is simply sensational. Spectacular track scenes. The sound forms a symphony of engines capable of enthralling the most alien to motorsport. Plus, the story is shot from the perspective of one of the most sensational drivers of all time - the vibrant Ken Miles. A production pampered down to the smallest detail. All in the service of telling one of the most epic battles in the history of Le Mans. That of Ferrari and Ford.

However, as much as we are fascinated by this new film, the truth is that, speaking of Le Mans, there is a classic that we cannot ignore. We talk about Le Mans, the mythical 1971 film signed by a Steve McQueen who almost took his portfolio and his career in the endeavor. In fact, some took something else ahead of them. Since the pilot David Piper left part of his leg in an accident with a Porsche 917 while filming the driving scenes on the track. In short, a colossal and essential work. Of legend, and with a Spanish version although we put the trailer in English.


If after watching the movies you have been wanting more ... Don't worry, because we still have two more recommendations. Of course, this time it's about documentaries. Documentaries in which the same dynamic as before is repeated: one old and one new. In this case we will start with the old one, since The Time Tomorrow It is a report made in the 1966 Le Mans. The same one that portrays the film that we commented previously! A perfect opportunity to see real scenes and compare them with the fictional one.

With this film you will be able to experience the atmosphere of one of the most special editions in the entire history of the race. And be careful, because in it you can hear original comments from the mouths of Ken Miles, Bruce McLaren, Dan Gurney or Carrol Shelby. Yes, pure motor racing history condensed into its 27 minutes. However, if you want something longer you can enjoy The 24 Hour War. A documentary released last 2016 in which you can follow the battle between Ford and Ferrari in detail, even if it has to be in English.

In fact, so much so that among the participants are the scions of Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari. Undoubtedly a magnificent work of documentation and assembly, with which to round off all this audiovisual operation in which to immerse yourself in the world of Le Mans and, especially, within one of the most mythical battles in the history of motorsport. The one that pitted Ford against Ferrari for taking the laurels in the endurance race par excellence. If you want to see it, you have it available on Netflix.

Let's see if this quarantine is made more bearable for all of us 😉

What do you think?

Miguel Sánchez

Written by Miguel Sánchez

Through the news from La Escudería, we will travel the winding roads of Maranello listening to the roar of the Italian V12; We will travel Route66 in search of the power of the great American engines; we will get lost in the narrow English lanes tracking the elegance of their sports cars; We will speed up the braking in the curves of the Monte Carlo Rally and we will even get dusty in a garage while rescuing lost jewels.


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