He chose Heuer and, for the next decade or so, the Swiss watch company was to serve as Official Timekeeper for the Scuderia Ferrari.
It is 7am on Sunday morning of the 1970 Le Mans 24 Hours. It is raining and the metronomic howl of engines blasting past the main grandstand echo with the regularity of a Swiss watch.
In a rain swept paddock filled with caravans and motor homes that would now be considered rudimentary to most kart racers American racing driver Michael Delaney (Steve McQueen) spies a shell-shocked Lisa Belgetti, whose boyfriend has just been critically injured in a fiery accident.
Delaney offers Belgetti some solace in his motor home, away from the prying eyes of the TV cameras and in her distressed state she asks him a poignant and seemingly unanswerable question.
“What is so important about driving faster than anyone else?”
Delaney, blue eyes glistening like the face of the TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 12 chronograph watch resting on his wrist, utters a line that has gone into motoring celluloid immortality.
“Racing is life….anything before or after, is just waiting.”
The prestigious TAG Heuer brand was founded in Saint-Imier in 1860 by Edouard Heuer, TAG Heuer has marked the history of luxury watchmaking, especially in the fields of chronographs and ultimate precision. A legend in prestige Swiss watchmaking and one of its most innovative brands, TAG Heuer has built on its active commitment in the sports world to create the most accurate timing instruments and wrist timepieces in the world.
From Record Breaking Grids to a new Lap Scoring Tower & Timing System…TVKC had it all last weekend!
Last weekend witnessed Round 3 of the TVKC Winter Series. This penultimate race of the 4 round Championship attracted a healthy 250 drivers in total and saw many ‘firsts’ throughout the weekend! Continue reading
TAG Heuer are proud to announce our continued support of karting in the UK by securing the position as Official Timekeeper to the Super One Series. From 2013 both MSA/TKM and Rotax/Honda Super One series will run on the TAG Heuer transponder timing solution.