Steve McQueen's 1950 Remenbered ...

Published on 03.10.2012

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Back in 1955, a young woman Denise McCluggage had a chance encounter with a man almost unknown at this time Steve McQueen. Is leading to a brief affair and lasting friendship. They are separated by their own career ambitions, and the many requests and irregular schedules that come with huge distances the United States. That said, McCluggage managed to stay in touch over the years. She became a legend in the world of motor racing, driver, famous writer and photographer for over 50 years.

McCluggage has won awards around the world and ran for Porsche, Jaguar, Lotus, Mini Cooper, Alfa, Elva, OSCA, Volvo, among others.

In 1961, she won the Grand Touring class at Sebring in a Ferrari 250 GT, and 1964 McCluggage won a victory in the Rally Monte Carlo for Ford.

She shared her memories of McQueen and years of relationship after his death, published in AutoWeek magazine in 1981. She remembers a young, skinny man McQueen was already obsessed with cars and racing.

The early 1970s, with the legendary 12 Hours of Sebring race. Some consider this race as the greatest of all time. Great drivers on the starting line, starring Mario Andretti, Peter Revson, Dan Gurney, Jacky Ickx, Brian Redman, Pedro Rodriguez, Jo Siffert among many others. Then you have an actor Steve McQueen and pilot closer to his passion for cars.


Exceptional photo drivers racing legends Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss, Denise McCluggage, Pedro Rodriguez, Innes Ireland and Ronnie Bucknum.



Credits photos :  LIFE Magazine & Roy Schatt.
Denis Eveillard

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