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Hot Books: McQueen’s Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon a must-see

By April MacIntyre Nov 17, 2010, 0:50 GMT

Hot Books: McQueen’s Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon a must-see

McQueen\'s Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon by Matt Stone, the executive editor of Motor Trend magazine – with a foreword by Steve McQueen’s son, Chad – highlights McQueen’s life as a passionate car enthusiast, racer and motorcyclist.

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November 7th marked the 30th Anniversary of Steve McQueen's passing. The American actor is still beloved by fans worldwide, and his cinematic legacy defined as the American loner, adored by women, yet very much a man's man. 

This book is a fantastic gift to give fans of McQueen as it carefully chronicles his career and the details of his iconic autos and motorbikes.

McQueen's Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon by Matt Stone, the executive editor of Motor Trend magazine – with a foreword by Steve McQueen’s son, Chad – highlights McQueen’s life as a passionate car enthusiast, racer and motorcyclist.

His movies are best remembered for their wild car chases, mad motorcycle dashes and hair-raising races. In order to know who Steve McQueen was as a man, you will find out how intense his love of motoring, four wheels or two, really was.

The King of Cool loved his cars and bikes.

It is this connection that McQueens Machines explores, giving readers a close-up look at the cars and motorcycles McQueen drove in movies, those he owned, and others he raced.

The book is filled with behind-the-scenes stories from McQueen’s family, as well as never-before-published photos of McQueen and the machines he loved. Included are vehicles he owned, those he raced, and others that he drove, rode or that appeared in his films. It also includes a wealth of details about the star’s racing career, his movie stunt work, and his car and motorcycle collecting.

Solar Productions used two Highland Green ’68 Ford Mustang GT 390s in the filming of Bullitt. One was confirmed as destroyed, and the other went through a series of hands before disappearing into a barn in the Southern United States. But several credible “tribute” cars have been built, including this one belonging to Californian Dave Kunz. It has appeared in a Ford TV commercial, and on the rock video for Sheryl Crow’s hit song, Steve McQueen. I drove it through San Francisco on the actual Bullitt chase scene route. Photo by Evan Klein.

Solar Productions used two Highland Green ’68 Ford Mustang GT 390s in the filming of Bullitt. One was confirmed as destroyed, and the other went through a series of hands before disappearing into a barn in the Southern United States. But several credible “tribute” cars have been built, including this one belonging to Californian Dave Kunz. It has appeared in a Ford TV commercial, and on the rock video for Sheryl Crow’s hit song, Steve McQueen. I drove it through San Francisco on the actual Bullitt chase scene route. Photo by Evan Klein.

From the 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback he drove in Bullitt (in the greatest car chase of all time) to his Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow in The Thomas Crown Affair, from the Triumph motorcycle of The Great Escape to the Gulf-Porsche 917K he actually raced in Le Mans, the cars and bikes that McQueen made famous in films make another appearance here.

Late in his life, McQueen began collecting cars, motorcycles, toys, vintage aircraft, and other antique ephemera at a furious rate. Although Indian seemed to be his favorite among motorcycle brands, he also owned and raced a number of Triumphs, and had several vintage Harley Davidsons.

His 1917 Harley was acquired by Dale Walksler at the 1984 McQueen estate auction in Las Vegas can now be seen at Walksler’s Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. Photo courtesy of Wheels Through Time.

This is the 1963 Ferrari 250 Lusso that sold for $2.3 Million in August, 2007. I came in contact with the car through its then owner, Mike Regalia, and journalist Tom Madigan, when we did an article about it for Motor Trend Classic magazine. It was at this photo shoot, while sitting and chatting with Chad, that the idea for McQueen’s Machines first struck me. This image shows Chad at the wheel of his father’s car for the first time, and I got a chance to drive it too, putting another notch in my “McQueen cars” gun belt. Photo by Evan Klein.

This is the 1963 Ferrari 250 Lusso that sold for $2.3 Million in August, 2007. I came in contact with the car through its then owner, Mike Regalia, and journalist Tom Madigan, when we did an article about it for Motor Trend Classic magazine. It was at this photo shoot, while sitting and chatting with Chad, that the idea for McQueen’s Machines first struck me. This image shows Chad at the wheel of his father’s car for the first time, and I got a chance to drive it too, putting another notch in my “McQueen cars” gun belt. Photo by Evan Klein.

Matt Stone is Executive Editor of Motor Trend magazine, and the author of McQueen’s Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon.

This fine book was published November 1, 2007, with a Foreword by Chad McQueen.

Hardbound, 176 pages, 200-plus photos, $26.95 USD. MBI Publishing, www.motorbooks.com 

A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Boys Republic, where McQueen schooled as a young teen.


 



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