Like many a petrol head, I make my way down to La Sarthe every June to enjoy the 24 Heures du Mans. I’ve personally been every year since 1999 and I now make the journey with good friends from the Gentleman Drivers Club.

Even before I saw the GT1 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR, Porsche GT1 or (my favourite) the Toyota GT-One, this race had already captured my imagination. That spark of passion came from Steve McQueen and the film Le Mans. I’d only seen a dodgy VHS copy, but boy I so wanted to be him. The King Of Cool. Only upstaged by his Gulf liveried Porsche 917.

Fast forward to a few years ago, and I walking down the Westbourne Grove when I saw the Japanese film poster for the film, Le Mans. I really wanted it, there and then, but I just could not justify the cost. I’d just had my first son, moved house and started my business. Every year, I’d go back to see if they still had it, and they did. Last year, I decided that I needed to buy it for my new house. Just when I was ready to transfer my funds, I did a project with an amazing artist called James Paterson. His artwork had been on a documentary a few years earlier and I just loved his graphic approach to art. This got me thinking. Could I design a poster for Le Mans that he could then paint. I talked him through the idea and he loved the concept…

It has taken almost exactly one year, but this week he sent me some photographic proof’s of the artwork. Amazing. I couldn’t be any happier – and at 40″ tall, the canvas will make a real impact in my home. He’s now working on another Japanese (Motorsport inspired) film poster for me – Senna. With a twist. Hoping that will be done by September.

They will make a fabulous pair. Watch this space!

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