Steve McQueen is one of the iconic legends of Screen - even 25 years after his death he is still a giant! He had a life-long love of fast vehicles, building his first hot rod before could legally drive, and in the army hopped up a tank's engines to make it go faster! He was a member of the American Motorcycle Team, touring the world before going onto an impressive life of racing: nearly winning the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1970, driving a Porsche 908; racing buggies in Baja, the Porsche 917 at Le Mans; rode motocross across the California desert, and entered races under the pseudonym"Henry Mushman"to avoid favoritism, and bringing his racing skills to bear in"Bullitt","Le Mans","The Thomas Crowne Affair","The Great Escape", where he did all the driving, riding and stunt work! Von Dutch, Tom Nancy, motorcycle champion Malcolm Smith, stunt driver Bud Elkins were in his inner circle, along with other racing stars - James Dean, Paul Newman, James Garner, although none came close to this the greatest petrolhead star of all time who had so much influence he could tell a studio to produce a film of his favorite race - Le Mans. This is not a Hollywood biography, it is a book full of what McQueen knew and loved: fast cars, fast bikes, racing, and off-roading, and will appeal to his legion of admirers and racing fans everywhere!
No other Hollywood star has been so closely linked with cars and bikes, from the 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback he drove in Bullitt (in the greatest car chase of all time) to the Triumph motorcycle of The Great Escape . McQueen's Machines gives readers a close-up look at the cars and motorcycles McQueen drove in movies, those he owned, and others he raced. With a foreword by Steve's son, Chad McQueen, and a wealth of details about of the star's racing career, stunt work, and car and motorcycle collecting, McQueen's Machines draws a fascinating picture of one outsized man's driving passion. Now in paperback.