Haywood amassed an astounding number of wins during 1970s and the 1990s, in this most intense form of motorsport.
The five-time 24 Hours of Daytona, three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans and two-time 12 Hours of Sebring winner was a Hollywood archetype: a strikingly handsome man brought up by an affluent Midwestern family.
However, he remained elusive about his personal life and kept a secret about himself that he didn’t reveal until last year. Despite constant appearances with women, some that included Penthouse models, he was gay.
Now 71 years old, Haywood will be in attendance for the screening, which is being presented by MiniGrid, Toronto’s motorsports enthusiast store, along with support from Pfaff.
Following the film, Haywood will participate in a Q&A session with those in attendance.
While Haywood will only be at the August 30 showing, additional viewings of the film have been added. They take place:
• Saturday, August 31 at 2:30 pm
• Sunday, September 1 at 4:15 pm
• Wednesday, September 4 at 8:00 pm
Tickets for all four shows are $20 (includes HST) and are on sale at the newly relocated MiniGrid store (at 549 Mt. Pleasant Road), by phone at (416) 488-7663, and online at www.minigrid.com.
"Hurley" is the story of an American racing legend, who speaks for the first time about being gay in the macho world of motor sports. The 83-minute documentary uses archival footage and exclusive interviews, including actor and racer Patrick Dempsey, who is the executive producer of the movie.
It tells the story of Haywood’s life and career in and out of the Porsche race cars he helped make famous.
'Hurley' provides rare behind-the-scenes access to the world of endurance racing, including Haywood’s friendship with racing partner and volatile mentor, Peter Gregg – the 'Batman' to his 'Robin' – whose abrupt suicide in 1980 shook the sport to its core.
He also sets the record straight about his relationship with co-driver Peter Gregg in the film.
This presentation of “Hurley” is part of MiniGrid’s Grand Opening celebration at their new store location, 549 Mt. Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON, next door to the Regent Theater. The store will remain open late Friday evening (Aug. 30) until 10 pm.