Silver-screen icon James Dean was only 24 years old when he died in a terrible car crash. And his untimely passing only served to further cement his legendary status – both as a movie star and as a figurehead of American youth. Not everyone succumbed to the wreck in which Dean perished, though. You see, there had been a passenger in the car with him: mechanic Rolf Wütherich, who miraculously survived the incident. Wütherich was close enough, too, to hear Dean’s final words. But just what did the actor utter in his last minutes on Earth?
What’s more, cars had been a passion of Dean’s well before the accident. After finishing filming on East of Eden in 1954, he had even started buying up vehicles in preparation to become a racer. And in March 1955 he competed in his first racing competition, where he did very well – finishing second overall.