McQueen's Motorcycles

Racing and Riding with the King of Cool


Author: Matt Stone

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 0760351759

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

View: 3891

The long-departed Steve McQueen is still the coolest man on two wheels. Even thirty years after his death, Steve McQueen remains a cultural icon. His image continues to appear in advertising and pop culture and his fan base spans from car lovers to racing enthusiasts to motorcycle obsessives. In his movies, McQueen's character always had an envy-inducing motorcycle or car, but in his personal life, motorcycles were always McQueen's first true love. McQueen's Motorcycles focuses on the bikes that the King of Cool raced and collected. From the first Harley McQueen bought when he was an acting student in New York to the Triumph "desert sleds" and Huskys he desert raced all over California, Mexico, and Nevada, McQueen was never without a stable of two wheelers. His need for speed propelled him from Hollywood into a number of top off-road motorcycle races, including the Baja 1000, Mint 400, Elsinore Grand Prix, and even as a member of the 1964 ISDT team in Europe. Determined to be ahead of the pack, McQueen maintained his body like it was a machine itself. He trained vigorously, weight lifting, running, and studying martial arts. Later in his life, as he backed away from Hollywood, his interests turned to antique bikes and he accumulated an extensive collection, including Harley-Davidson, Indian, Triumph, Brough Superior, Cyclone, BSA, and Ace motorcycles. Today, McQueen still has the Midas touch; anything that was in the man's possession is a hot commodity. McQueen's classic motorcycles sell for top dollar at auctions, always at a multiple of what the same bike is worth without the McQueen pedigree. McQueen's Motorcycles reveals these highly sought-after machines in gorgeous photography and full historical context.

Steve McQueen: The race of his life.


Author: Abeal, Marcelo

Publisher: Editorial Dunken

ISBN: 9870280781


Page: 344

View: 5637

Steve McQueen had a terrible childhood. “This made him the man he was”, abandoned by his father before he was born and left aside by his mother, he grew up almost like an orphan until he was an adolescent and became the greatest Hollywood star ever.McQueen was a magnet to the box office because, rather than an actor, he was a style. He understood and took advantage of this, even in spite of making the list of his enemies even longer. “People said he was a very difficult person, simply because he was not a tame lamb which could be easily handled. He knew what was good for him. He argued to death with directors to have things done his own way. He acted like this in all aspects of life. Always on the edge.”By the time he died, he had accumulated 55 cars, 210 motorbikes and was beginning to take an interest in old airplanes. But his love was not just collecting. He used to stay “ I’m not sure whether I’m an actor who competes or a driver who acts”.Marcelo Abeal, the author, is an enthusiast fan of Steve, as well as an actor and stuntman himself. After doing thorough research on Steve’s life for over three years, he now shares his work in this unique compilation of observations, anecdotes, exclusive interviews and comments made by close friends, colleagues and people who knew Steve very well.Steve’s most memorable films are “The Magnificent Seven”, “The Great Escape” (exclusive comment by Tim Gibbs, stunt), “Bullitt” (exclusive interview to Don Gordon, one of his best friends), “Le Mans”, “The Getaway”, “Papillon”, “Tom Horn” (exclusive interview to his friend, actor Mel Novak), and the series “Wanted Dead or Alive” (exclusive interview to Loren Janes, his stunt all his life). Plus, an interview to the last doctor who assisted him, Dr. Cesar Santos Vargas.

Triumph Bonneville

60 Years


Author: Ian Falloon

Publisher: Motorbooks

ISBN: 0760360928

Category: Transportation

Page: 224

View: 4994

Triumph Bonneville: 60 Years is a celebration one of motorcycling’s most iconic and beloved bikes. First manufactured in Great Britain in 1959, Triumph's legendary model resonates deeply with motorcycle enthusiasts worldwide who love its style, sound, performance, and undeniable coolness. It's no surprise that Triumph was Steve McQueen's favorite ride. The Bonneville's story is one of successes and challenges as Triumph grew steadily in the post-World War II decades to become America's most successful "import" motorcycle marque. Triumph won every championship worth winning, owned the world speed record for fifteen years, and wooed Hollywood's hottest stars. Bonneville was Triumph’s halo machine, one of the highest performance motorcycles of the 1960s. However, as competing marques eventually eclipsed the Bonneville in the 1970s, Triumph management struggled, leading first to bankruptcy and then to the demise of the company in 1983. Triumph was resurrected by British industrialist John Bloor in the late 1990s to become a twenty-first century global success story, which includes a revived and thoroughly retro-contemporary Bonneville range.

The Life Steve McQueen


Author: Dwight Jon Zimmerman

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 0760358117

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 2000

"The Life McQueen explores and celebrates the films, racing, personal style and other elements that made Steve McQueen an icon"--

Mcqueen's Machines

The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon


Author: Matt Stone

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 9780760328668

Category: Transportation

Page: 176

View: 1589

A close-up look at the cars and motorcycles Steve McQueen drove in movies, owned, and raced, with details of his amateur racing career, movie stunt work, and car collecting.

A French Kiss with Death

Steve McQueen and the Making of Le Mans


Author: Michael Keyser,Jonathan Williams

Publisher: Bentley Pub

ISBN: 9780837615523

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

View: 3722

Now in paperback! Acclaimed motor sports photographer and author Michael Keyser's A French Kiss With Death is part celebrity biography, part motor sports history and part behind-the-scenes filmmaking account.This spine-tingling title and the “King of Cool's” intense headshot telegraph the excitement to be found under the book cover. Keyser's observant and engaging storytelling weaves together screen legend Steve McQueen's rugged, individualistic life, his love affairs with motorcycles, cars, racing, partying and women, along with a story of exceptional filmmaking, including the breakthrough, Oscar-winning cinematographic techniques used to capture the visceral essence of racing's most famous event for the silver screen.Throughout 464 highly charged pages, A French Kiss With Death dazzles the reader with the “King of Cool's” roller-coaster life of adventure and accomplishment. The book contains more than 800 photographs and illustrations, most seen for the first time and many shot during the actual “24 Hours of Le Mans.” Providing an unforgettable ride, A French Kiss With Death pulls readers rapidly into the exotic, heady, cutthroat world of international sports car racing. Keyser's longtime friend and ex-racer Jonathan Williams also contributed to the book.

1001 Steve McQueen Facts: The Rides, Roles and Realities of the King of Cool


Author: Tyler Greenblatt

Publisher: Cartech

ISBN: 9781613254738

Category: Transportation

Page: 366

View: 658

Steve McQueen touched the world through his larger-than-life onscreen persona portraying characters that were flawed and realistic. He played his roles to perfection due to his own imperfections and the bitter realism of his early life. As he once said, he had seemingly lived an entire lifetime before his 18th birthday, all of which shines through in his signature blue-eyed icy stares. His legacy on film was cemented with Bullittand Le Mans--the first made him an international superstar while the latter nearly bankrupted and killed him. Today, they're among his most popular films. He held nothing back on screen or in life, and today he is remembered and revered not only for his acting but for his racing prowess and the world-class automobile and motorcycle collection he amassed in a relatively short amount of time. Vehicles once owned, driven, or raced by "the King of Cool" habitually sell for double or triple what their provenance-lacking counterparts do. Ask any 25-year-old car or motorcycle nut, born more than a decade after his death, who Steve McQueen is, and they'll immediately recognize the collector and racer but make no mention of the actor. Author Tyler Greenblatt has waded through the plethora of information available to compile 1,001 of the most interesting Steve McQueen facts in this cumulative volume that is sure to keep fans of the actor, racer, and collector enthralled for hours.