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McQueen's Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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"Few actors are as linked to the cars they drove as Steve McQueen, and now you can learn more about this icon's passion for motoring in McQueen's Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon. Opening with a foreword written by Steve's son Chad, the book covers both the cars he drove on screen - including the 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 fastback from Bullitt - and the cars he owned and raced off of it, like his 1958 Porsche Speedster and a a 1965 Ferrari 275 NART Spyder. A great coffee table book for gearheads and McQueen fans alike." - Uncrate.com

"A great gift for car and motorcycle buffs."- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "This is a great book for fans of the actor or his vehicles, and it's the most interesting car book issued this year." - The Virginian Pilot "Car and motorcycle enthusiasts will love this book, but so will people (namely baby boomers) who were fans of Steve McQueen. While the book looks at a specific part of the late actor's life - his rides and passion for racing - it also reveals much about the man." - Omaha World-Herald "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. A must-see!" - MonstersAndCritics.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760338957
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 11/6/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 136,416
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Stone, executive editor of Motor Trend magazine, has been a professional automotive journalist and photographer since 1985. His voice is often heard on the syndicated Motor Trend Radio Network, and he serves as the magazine's history, design, and motorsport expert. Stone has a Bachelor's degree from Cal Poly Pomona, with a major in business and minors in journalism and marketing. He enjoys anything with four wheels, though demonstrates a particular passion for sports, performance, and racing cars of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Stone is a Chief Class Judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and is a member of SPEED TV's Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction broadcast team. He serves his profession as an officer, board member, committee chairman, and past-president of the Motor Press Guild (MPG) trade association. Matt has authored and photographed several automotive books for Motorbooks, including the best-selling 365 Cars You Must Drive. A California native, Stone resides in Glendale.

Matt Stone (Glendale, CA), former executive editor of Motor Trend magazine, has been a professional automotive journalist and photographer since 1985. He is the author and photographer of several books, including Motorbooks' best-selling My First Car (2011), 365 Cars You Must Drive (2006), and McQueen's Machines (2010). He is the co-author, with Preston Lerner, of Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman (2009, 2014) and History's Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed (Motorbooks, 2013, 2014).

www.mattstonecars.com/bio.html

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  • Posted September 12, 2014

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    Unwrapping the "King of Cool" and his Collection of Wh

    Unwrapping the "King of Cool" and his Collection of Wheels

    It is no secret that actor Steve McQueen had a strong connection to cars, bikes, and everything else that went "vroom." His link to a variety of beautiful vehicles transcends his work, which includes a motorcycle race in "The Great Escape". In "McQueen's Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon", Matt Stone explores this "actor and cult hero of intergalactic proportion" and his relationships with the vehicles around him.

    This book contains spectacular photos of cars, motorcycles, and airplanes that McQueen owned and drove. These include a 1958 Porsche Speedster used for racing, 1963 Ferrari 250 Lusso. In fact, many of these unique photos come from a family archive, and the captions include intriguing details about his amateur racing career and even stunt work in films.

    While the book is not necessarily a chronological history of McQueen's life, along the lines of Marshal Terrill's Steve McQueen: A Tribute to the King of Cool, this book still offers an intriguing look at the actor. Chad McQueen, Steve's son, also offers a powerful look at the man, revealing plenty of unique information.

    Some people have expressed that Stone's book is too quick, providing merely a rundown of each car, and that there are not many complete anecdotes about the actor. If you want more of a narrative, I would suggest that people check out Harley-Davidson Racing, 1934-1986. Ultimately, this is more of a coffee table book that fans of McQueen will as a perfect gift. I do think its a great book about the "King of Cool."

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    Highly Recommend for any Steve McQueen Fan

    great book on some of the historical movie cars, and a look at his personal cars, and racing. I really enjoyed this book. It was much better and more informative then I thought it would be...

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Fun Read

    I really enjoyed this book. Great read and would recommend to any McQueen fan out there!

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    Great insight to the machine side of McQueen

    I worked for the insurance agency that insured Steve's personal & business insurances.I handled the account & he kept me jumping with all the vehicle changes.At Solar,he built fibrelass gas tanks for Kawasaki 500 Mach 1 motorcycles & dune buggies.He had an deal with Chevy that allowed him to go into Chevy dealers & get any vehicle he wanted.One Sunday I read in the L.A. Times Sunday supplement that he had acquired an old U.S. Army half track.That's how I found out that I had to add another vehicle to his fleet. He was a character,but the nicest guy.

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