I later turned up in Monte Carlo to watch the start of the filming, and there spent a good deal of time with Garner and the other actors. I have written about all this in my memoir "Writing on the Edge," in a chapter entitled "The Race To Make The Racing Car Movie," which ends with the following:
"Much later I ran into Garner in a television studio in London. He was there plugging a movie, and I was plugging a book. We were not scheduled on the same interview program, and in fact mine was ending as his was about to start. He could not possibly have known I was even in the building, but when he saw me his face lit up and he came forward with his arms outstretched saying: "Bob, we have to stop meeting like this, once every 17 years." Movie stars are used to being recognized, to having their names remembered, but authors are not. So to have Garner recognize me, and remember also how long ago we had met, was an astonishing experience.
Garner made the host of his show put me on stage with him as an extra guest, which at the very least meant extra publicity for my book. When the show ended I signed a copy of it for him, and we chatted a minute, before going off, once again, in our separate directions."