Daily Archives: 20 July 2014

James Garner Dies

James Garner in "Grand Prix"
James Garner in the 1966 film “Grand Prix”

Noted film and television actor, and all-around car guy, James Garner passed away on Saturday. He was 86.

James Garner Baja Race 1969
Garner racing a Ford Bronco in Baja 1969

Noted for his television roles ranging from “Maverick” to “The Rockford Files”, and film roles that included: “Grand Prix”, “The Great Escape”, “They Kill Their Masters”, and “The Americanization of Emily”, Garner was also one heck of a driver. He raced a Ford Bronco and a super-modified Olds 442 called the “Goodyear Grabber” in the Baja 1000. Garner also drove the pace car at the Indianapolis 500 three times, in 1975, 1977 & 1985.

The 1970 Olds 442 "Goodyear Grabber"
Garner’s “Goodyear Grabber” racing in Baja

James Garner at Daytona 1969
James Garner, Daytona, 1969