Gulf Racing 1970 Le Mans Entry Coming to RM Sotheby’s Monterey


Photograph: RM Sothebys

Blenheim, Ontario, CANADA — The automobile that contested the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans within the arms of Mike Hailwood and David Hobbs will cross the block at RM Sotheby’s Aug. 13-14 Monterey public sale.

Additionally featured in a lot of the unique racing footage utilized in Steve McQueen’s Le Mans film, the automobile retains its iconic blue and orange Gulf livery.

Photograph: RM Sothebys

Chassis 026 was constructed as one of many three 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans race entries of the JW Automotive Engineering / Gulf Racing group, and was distinctive for having a special model of the Gulf livery, with its whole roof was sprayed orange right down to the beltline, in distinction to the orange centerline stripe of its sister vehicles.

Carrying race quantity 22 in tough, moist situations, the automobile accomplished 49 laps, working as excessive as third general at one level, however on the fiftieth lap Hailwood aquaplaned and crashed, retiring the automobile throughout the race.


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