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Jacques Grelley

Jacques Grelley was a class winner at Le Mans 1961 which inspired his designs of famous original racing-car posters and photography from the golden age of automobile and Grand Prix racing. Amassed during his life as a professional race-car driver and auto- racing enthusiast, many of his iconic images are familiar to even casual fans; to early auto- racing and Grand Prix aficionados, they represent the most affordable and accessible connection to this celebrated racing era. Racing Posters is only one of many successes in a long line of accomplishments for the remarkable Frenchman. Grelley’s life has been auspicious: He was unknowingly used as a bicycle courier in the French Resistance in World War II; and at age 8 from a cliff-top perch, he witnessed the Allies streaming at dawn at Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. After surviving the war, he was a spectator at the first Le Mans 24-hour race in 1949 and narrowly escaped death in 1955 as a car went into the grandstands, killing 83 spectators and driver Pierre Levegh, and injuring an additional 120 bystanders in the most catastrophic accident in racing history. Six years later, Grelley and two teammates made their own history, winning their class in 1961. Grelley became a personal friend and confidant of drivers Juan Manuel Fangio and Maurice Trintignant, and friend to many other racers of the era, including Carroll Shelby and Stirling Moss. He later became a highly successful wine merchant in the U.S. before starting Racing Posters.

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