AMA Grand National Champion Mert Lawwill's racing career was over in 1971.
Or so he thought. After crashing on the opening lap of the Castle Rock TT and smashing his left hand to smithereens, a local doctor told Lawwill to figure out just how he wanted his hand to be positioned. Because it was going to be that way forever. Forget about racing, from his elbow to his fingers would be positioned one way and one way only. Forever.
Enter actor Steve McQueen, Lawwill's friend thanks to the movie "On Any Sunday."
"We became very good friends after working together on the film," Lawwill recalled while at the AMA Hall of Fame banquet in Las Vegas a few weeks ago - on a night when he was announced along with Malcolm Smith as one of the Legends of the hall.
Just how good of friends, Lawwill was soon to find out.
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