McQueen’s Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon is an up-close and personal look at a motorcycle and car racing enthusiast who also just happened to be a movie star: Steve McQueen.
It’s fitting that a book about Steve McQueen should have an introduction written by his son, Chad McQueen who offered this quote:
“When we got home from the motorcycle races every weekend, it wasn’t dinnertime; it was time to hose down the bikes, clean the air filters and tighten all the nuts and bolts. We always put things away clean, tight and ready to ride the next weekend. Then we ate dinner.”
Readers get a behind the scenes view of Steve McQueen as a man who loved his family, loved motorcycles, cars and racing. The book has many photographs from his travels, races and movies that illustrate his love of bikes and cars as well as providing insights into his life storie through their histories.
Steve McQueen was the owner of many cars, airplanes and motorcycles including two classic motorcycles which recently were sold at auction for record bids: a 1937 Crocker “Hemi-head” V-Twin and a 1920 Indian Powerplus Daytona.
Best known as an actor for movies such as “Bullitt” McQueen’s Hollywood career was filled with wild car chases and mad motorcycle dashes and soon he became known as the “King of Cool.”
Author Matt Stone reveals initimate details about McQueens’s amateur racing career: no other movie star has enjoyed the same publicity for their love of motorcycles and cars. Although there have been other books about this actor who is famous as master of the ride, “McQueen’s Machines” tells his story from a biker/driver perspective and it’s fascinating.