Inspired by Steve Nickless’ post a few weeks back, I decided to pick up a book from my ever-growing “to-read” pile atop my nightstand. The book I chose was Sam Posey’s Where the Writer Meets the Road. I purchased the book from Sam and his son a few years back at Lime Rock Park during the historic festival and it was finally next in line on my list.
The book is a collection of articles, broadcast intros, and profiles written by the prolific writer/racer throughout his long career. If you enjoy Posey’s writing this book is a must-have.
One piece that stuck out to me was the article he wrote for Road & Track about the 1977 24 Hours of Le Mans. He was asked to share the entire Le Mans experience (not just the race) from his unique perspective. Of course, it is elegant and truthful in a way that only Posey is able to do.
I won’t spoil his version of the race, but after finishing the piece I was left wanting to know more. After additional reading and research, I came across this video that appears to be a collage of footage from the Porsche factory team.
The 25-minute video opens with the famous onboard footage of the Porsche 936/77 Spyder qualifying lap with Jacky Ickx behind the wheel. From there it is the lead up to the race, select scenes throughout the vingt-quatre heures, and of course the incredible finish.
While there are so many perspectives of that race and countless stories to tell, the combination of Posey’s prose and this colorful video communicate a wonderful story for someone not lucky enough to have seen it live (like…me). Enjoy!