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  1. Entelechy

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    I'm a huge McQueen fan and was looking through the book of photos shot by his friend William Claxton - wanted to share this shot of Steve next to his '63 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta...
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  4. Doody

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    at Lotus - AstonMartin of New England in Boston they've got blow-ups of really neat old pictures of celebrities and cars. i think they have either this shot or another one taken right then on the wall.

    mcqueen was a pretty neat guy. i would like to have met him.

    most of the non-staged photots i've seen of him near a car seem to show this calm and happy aura about him.

    doody.
     
  5. Entelechy

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    Absolutely right...there's some other great shots of him with his Jag (Sunny would probably go into cardiac arrest!).

    I watched a making of Bullitt documentary that showed McQueen and Bill Hicks tearing around together "well past the 10 mark" (guess that's McQ's 60's hip speak for past 100 mph?), and of course, we all know LeMans. He was quite a driver/rider.

    I've also got some documentaries on him and he was definitely passionate about anything on wheels. I love him as an actor, but from what I gather in real life he could be a real *******. A friend of mine's father used to be McQueen's business manager. We had a long talk about Steve once, and he was telling me all about what a pain Steve could be to deal with. A moment later he started to tear up and said he really missed him - I think that pretty much summed up the feelings of many who knew him.
     
  6. amenasce

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    Steve Mcqueen , the definitive coolness.
     
  7. tvrfreak

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    The Ferrari was for sale a few years ago, 1997, I think. I saw it at Palo Alto Concours and almost considered buying it. It was a chocolate brown color which wasn't too appealing, and the owner wanted a fat premium because Steve McQueen had owned it. Celebrity ownership history might be somewhat interesting to talk about, but I didn't think it made the car any more special, so I passed.

    I have heard rumours of shady character traits in real life, but why speak ill of the dead. He did a fantastic job in The Great Escape and Bullitt.
     
  8. jhjvdm

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    Steve owned this Daytona spider for a period of time.

    The coachwork was done by Michelotti on chassis 14897 and

    ordered by Luigi Chinetti.

    The car was silverblue metallic with orange (!) interior, but McQueen

    is said to have rejected this colour so it was later converted to

    natural leather.

    Joop van der Meer
     
  9. DropGems

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    Steve McQueen was the coolest.
     
  10. JaguarXJ6

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    Steve was the man! :) He was most famous in Jag circles for owning an XKSS which now (or a year ago, anyway) resided in the Petersen Museum. I'll be there again tomorrow with the So Cal Corvette club and a friend. Thanks for the reminder.
     
  11. Bill Sawyer

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    A great book for Steve McQueen fans is A French Kiss with Death, about the making of the movie Le Mans. They show the man, warts and all. I lost respect for Mc Queen when I learned how he handled a traffic accident that resulted in one of his female co-stars being ejected through the windshield of his 911, but maybe you'll feel differently.
     
  12. amenasce

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    share with us please ?
     
  13. Bill Sawyer

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    I was afraid you'd ask that. All my books are packed away because we are moving next week, so bear with me as I try to reconstruct it from memory.

    Mc Queen was having an affair with the young girl in the film. They were drunk or high and had an accident on a French country road. The girl was ejected throught the windshield of Mc Queen's 911. He got out and, upon seeing her unconscious body sprawled across the hood, bemoaned the fact that her death would hurt his career. He showed absolutely no remorse or concern about the girl, only fear about how it would affect him materially. Luckily, she was only unconscious.

    This episode was recounted by an eyewitness who was in a car that was following them.

    Can anyone dig up thier copy and check the facts?
     
  14. amenasce

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    that, if true, sucks ! Esp since back in the 70's, someone like MCqueen would have probably gotten away with DUI !
     
  15. Entelechy

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    Hi Bill,

    Yes, I've got that as well and it is a great book, but it's been awhile...I read about the same incident in a biography on McQueen. If I recall correctly, his assistant was with him, and he was driving under the influence of drugs (cocaine I think). I lost a lot of respect for him reading about that and many other incidents. His wife Neile wrote a great biography entitled, My Husband My Friend, and you definitely get the whole picture of the man. As I said, in real life, he could be an ******* and I certainly don't respect him much in that regard (although he did seem to be a terrific and very loving father to his kids).

    Believe me, almost no one holds up in Hollywood. I've had a chance to work with many of my childhood heroes and it's amazing to see how the facade crumbles once you're on the inside. The only guy who truly holds up, and I've worked with him three times, is Tom Hanks.
     
  16. Bill Sawyer

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    You lead an interesting life, Chris!
     
  17. Entelechy

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    Thanks, but it's the same as a lot of you - hard work, persistence, luck, and still a long way to go to where I want to be, but a great journey so far...
     
  18. Stickanddice

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    I drove an ex-McQueen Miura close to 100 miles. Got to open it up in the highway and such. Great car, great pedigree. I hope to convince the owner to sell it to me.

    Nobody is exempt from assenine decisions they've made or will make. The celebrity is in the oft unenviable position of having everything made public. Was McQueen a good guy? No idea, never had the pleasure to meet the man. But he sure was cool in his movies! He was also an avid car enthusiast who DROVE the cars he acquired, so he couldn't have been all that bad... :)

    Cheers
     
  19. andrew911

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    McQueen was definitely cool! Love his lines in The Getaway especially when running from the law with his wife in the film (Ali MacGraw) at the wheel- he says "punch it baby...punch it" at which point the early 1970's car they drive downshifts and makes a bunch of noise & smoke- all show, not much go...love using that line on my wife, but of course her '95 honda doesn't do much either but make a bunch of noise (no smoke at the wheels though).

    As far as that accident in the 911- that sucks if it's true. Isn't there a similar story involving one Ed Kennedy- that fat POS should have gone to jail for killing that secretary & leaving the scene when most likely loaded on new england's finest liquor....he had a political career to protect though, not a film career- Guess a lot of actors & public figures have some big skeletons in the closet...ha!
     
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    He also owned one of the very few Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Spider built by Nart, it was a dark blue one, don't have the s/n but could post it if needed...
     
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    Wasn't it the one he drove in "The Thomas Crown Affair?"

    KevFla
     
  24. Anthony_Ferrari

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    I have a copy of the jacket McQueen wears on the Le Mans '2 finger salute' picture. My friend owns a small store selling them amogst other (mainly F1 related) things.

    If anyone is going to the 'See Red' Ferrari Festival at Donington in the UK over the weekend of Sept 11/12 I believe he will have a stall there selling them.
     
  25. doug328

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    Just got through watching him in Le MANS last week. I believe that he did his own driving in the movie, (as well as his own bike riding in the GREAT ESCAPE). I really love ferraris, but those Porsche 917's (short tail) just look so mean and fast.

    to quote Steve: "RACING IS LIFE, EVERYTHING BEFORE OR AFTER IS JUST WAITING"
     

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