• Jul 16, 2010
1970 12 Hours of Sebring film - Click above to watch video after the jump

If we had a time machine, we'd set it for 1970 and never look back. And once we landed, bought some new threads and scored one of the amazing cars in production at the time, we'd road trip it to Sebring so we could see that year's 12-hour enduro in person. Why? Because as good as modern sports car racing is, Sebring '70 is special. From the cars and drivers (a who's-who of legends including Mario Andretti, Jo Siffert, Pedro Rodriguez, Dan Gurney, Henri Pescarolo, and yes, Steve McQueen, who co-drove his Porsche 908 with Peter Revson despite having his broken left foot in a cast at the time), to the the overall atmosphere, Sebring, Florida on March 21, 1970 was very much the place to be.

Sadly, there's no time machine to take us back there, but there was a brilliant race documentary made of the 1970 12 Hours of Sebring. Follow the jump to see the story play out in five parts. Unfortunately, the embedded YouTube clips don't include the film's seven-minute intro section. But that's okay, because you can catch that part over at the State Library and Archives of Florida, which has the 22-minute movie posted in its entirety.

So, follow the jump and see the drama unfold as the Gulf-Porsche 917s battle the Ferrari 512S trio led by Andretti while McQueen and Revson try to pull off an unimaginable upset. Forty years after the checkered flag dropped, this is still an absurdly exciting and entertaining race to watch, even if you already know its storybook ending. Need a spotter's guide before you hit play? No worries, just click here. Thank you, 1970, for being so incomprehensibly awesome.

[Source: State Library and Archives of Florida, YouTube]









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      • 4 Years Ago
      Nostalgia rules.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gah, this stuff is so good. Wish I was around to see those races. McQueen and Newman are my heroes...

      It's funny that its now Audi vs Peugeot. How the mighty have fallen...or rather how they don't drive prototypes anymore...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Forza Ferrari! Wow, much respect to McQueen, leaving in a wheel chair, that guy was a superhero.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure he was on a pit bike, with his broken leg over the bars...and better still, a hot chick on the back! Now that's how you get to the podium!
      Jonny
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did a corvette ever win at the Grand Prix in Le mans?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. This is what 'Automobilia' is all about. The 917 is certainly the devil's work.....and I love him for it!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Now where is my "LeMans" DVD? These were the golden years of racing. Dangerous cars, dangerous courses. You had to have skill and real courage back then to tackle the full Nurburgring loop, Spa (917s were quicker than a period F1 car here), Monza, and the Targa Florio in these machines. Makes today's sports car racing look way to sanitized.
      • 4 Years Ago
      omg... this is gold
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was there. Unforgettable race but the focus wasn't Porsche vs Ferrari.... it was all McQueen. And he was great, even with a broken foot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great Video!

      I remember when I was a little kid watching Mario race and having my Dad say, Andretti's a great driver, one of the all time greats, but he's hard on gearboxes. Maybe he was thinking of this race.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Also... Alfas! Cool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its saw awesome to see Steve McQueen racing. Wish I could have been around back then to watch some of those great races.
      Jonny
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good memories hey Cragzop?
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