Return of the Cafe Racers - Kudos to the “King of Cool” Steve Mcqueen

Kudos to the “King of Cool” Steve Mcqueen

My salute to one of the greatest actors and motor vehicle enthusiasts that ever lived... Steve McQueen starred in 2 films that will appear in top ten motorcycle/car scenes lists for centuries to come. In The Great Escape (1963) Steve's character jumped to his freedom on a stock 1962 Triumph... Then in…

 

My salute to one of the greatest actors and motor vehicle enthusiasts that ever lived…
Steve McQueen starred in 2 films that will appear in top ten motorcycle/car scenes lists for centuries to come. In The Great Escape (1963) Steve’s character jumped to his freedom on a stock 1962 Triumph…

Then in 1968 in the movie Bullit McQueen piloted a 1967 Ford Mustang as he chased down the bad guys in what is still regarded as one of the all time greatest car chase scenes. It is also easily one of the coolest sounding cars you will ever hear in a film.

Here’s a bit about Steve’s passion for motorbikes from Wikipedia…
When Steve was given the opportunity to drive in a movie, he did so himself, performing many of his own stunts. The most memorable were the classic chase in Bullitt and the motorcycle chase scene in The Great Escape. Although the jump over the fence in The Great Escape was done by stuntman Bud Ekins, McQueen had a considerable amount of screen time riding the 650cc Triumph TR6 Trophy motorcycle. Apparently it was “difficult to find riders as skilled as McQueen” and at one point in the film, McQueen is seen in a German uniform chasing himself on another bike.

McQueen competed in off-road motorcycle racing. His first off-road motorcycle, a Triumph 500cc was purchased from friend and stunt man Bud Ekins. McQueen raced in many of the top off-road races on the West Coast during the ’60s and early 1970s, including the Baja 1000, the Mint 400 and the Elsinore Grand Prix. In 1964, with Bud Ekins on their Triumph TR6 Trophys, he represented the United States in the International Six Days Trial, a form of off-road motorcycling Olympics. He was inducted in the Off-road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1978. In 1971, Solar Productions funded the now-classic motorcycle documentary On Any Sunday, in which McQueen himself is featured, along with racing legends Mert Lawwill and Malcolm Smith. Also in 1971, McQueen was on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine riding a Husqvarna dirt bike.


McQueen had a collection of classic motorcycles that by the time of his death, was valued in the millions of dollars (he had over 100).

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