Classic Sports Car

8 James Brolin


American actor and ‘Mr Streisand’ James Brolin was another who was bitten by contesting celebrity races (above, on right). And while his career on-track proved fleeting, he clearly wasn’t lacking in ability or bravery. Having competed in a handful of events, he joined a two-car team for the 1979 Nürburgrin­g 24 Hours armed with AMC Spirit AMXS sponsored by BF Goodrich. He was paired with boxer Amos Johnson (who at one point raced a works AMC Pacer) and actor Dennis Shaw, with future Indy 500 racer Lyn St James, works Mazda ace turned manufactur­er Jim Downing and Motor Trend’s Gary Witzenburg in the sister car. Brolin’s first stint began just before dusk… The car had already pitted with throttle cable ‘issues,’ and brakes – or lack thereof – would become a major problem. He and his teammates came home second in class, for an AMC 1-2 finish. Anorak fact The Spirit AMXS were the only cars competing in their category on road tyres

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