Original 1967 Movie Poster from Grand Prix – The Formula 1 Movie Starring James Garner and Toshiro Mifune

Grand Prix Movie Original Poster

Grand Prix Movie Original 1967 Poster

I have seen several of the new trailers and interviews regarding the new Ron Howard movie titled Rush that is coming out in September.  It is about the 1976 Formula 1 season and looks like it will be very good.  I also just finished reading James Garner’s autobiography The Garner Files, which is really good and a fun read.  In The Garner Files the talks about the filming of the movie Grand Prix.  These two things have gotten me thinking about my favorite racing movie of all time, Grand Prix.

Grand Prix came out in 1966 and featured the most realistic driving sequences that had ever been filmed up to that point.  They used real Formula 1 drivers and filming techiniques that put the viewer in the middle of the action.

A few of the actors in Grand Prix have a military history connection.  Toshiro Mifune had served in the Imperial Japanese Army Airforce during WWII.  He was involved with aerial photography.  James Garner served in the Korean War with the 5th RCT and received two purple hearts.  Garner devotes a chapter of his book to his service in the Korean war.  He saw some heavy combat action during his service in Korea and was wounded twice.

The Grand Prix poster pictured is an original movie poster from my collection from the year 1967.  Grand Prix was originally shown in a format called Cinerama, which used three large wrap around screens to surround you in the action.  It was also exhibited intially as a roadshow event which meant that only select theaters had it and you had to buy tickets, which were more expensive, for a specific seat.  After it’s Cinerama roadshow run, it was then exhibited as a regular movie in regular theaters.  This original poster is for that run of the movie in 1967.

WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy IJN Original Submarine Badge

WW2 Japanese Original Submarine Badge

WW2 Japanese Original Submarine Badge

This original WWII Imperial Japanese Navy submarine badge was purchased from the widow of WW II US Navy Veteran about a year ago.  I was very happy to add it to my collection as I have always been fascinated by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) submarine force.  The IJN ensign collar rank insignia and the IJN bullion hat badge that are pictured, along with some other insignia that is not pictured, were purchased from her at the same time.

Since these WW2 Japanese submarine badges have been heavily reproduced in recent years, I have posted close up photos of both the front and back so you can see what a real WWII Japanese sub badge looks like.  Please note that the blue color that shows up on the front of the submarine badge is not actually on the badge, it is just a reflection of our camera which is also blue.

The IJN ensign collar rank and bullion hat badge pictured are not submarine service specific, they were used throughout the Japanese Navy.  Since they were brought back from the war by the same Veteran, I have included them in this post.

Please keep in mind that I am interested in all types of WWII Japanese Navy items, not just submarine items.  I am especially interested in purchasing items directly from WW2 Veterans or their family members.  If you have any of these items you consider selling, please contact me via the information on my War Souvenirs Wanted page.