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

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

by Matt Stone, Chad McQueen

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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 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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ISBN-13: 9781610601115
Publisher: Motorbooks
Publication date: 11/06/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 695,097
File size: 23 MB
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About the Author

Matt Stone,Editor ofMotor Trend Classicmagazine and Senior Editor ofMotor Trend magazine, has been an automotive journalist and photographer since 1985. He serves as their history, auto design, and motorsport expert and is a member ofSPEEDtv’s Barrett-Jackson Auction broadcast team. He has authored several books for Motorbooks, including365 Cars YouMust Drive(2006),McQueen's Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon (2008)andWinning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman(2009). A California native, Stone resides in Glendale, California.

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"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!" -

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McQueen's Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
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."
Ed67 More than 1 year ago
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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Brandon S. Hickey More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Great read and would recommend to any McQueen fan out there!
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Speedboy More than 1 year ago
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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