Even 30 years after his death, Steve McQueen remains an icon of cool. His image continues to appear in advertising and pop culture, and car, motorcycle, and racing fans embrace him as one of their own. Now comes this volume featuring rare photography and chronicling McQueen's fascination with and passion for all things internal-combustion powered. McQueen's movie characters always had a great motorcycle or car-from the 650cc BMW motorcycle (a disguised Triumph) in The Great Escape (1963); to the 1968 Ford Mustang GT fastback he drove in the seminal Bullitt chase scene (1968); to the Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spyder roadster in the provocative The Thomas Crown Affair (1968); and the Gulf Porsche 917 race car he raced in Le Mans (1971). His need for speed propelled him from Hollywood into a number of top off-road motorcycle races, including the Baja 1000, Mint 400, and Elsinore Grand Prix. Determined to be ahead of the pack, McQueen maintained his body like a machine. He trained vigorously, weight lifting, running, and studying martial arts. Steve McQueen offers a fresh, photo-heavy look into the star's various highspeed pursuits, from desert racing to Le Mans, sports cars to antique motorcycles. Steve McQueen and Speed reflects a life lived in the moment and with the pedal to the metal.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Frederic Brun
Publisher: Motorbooks International
Imprint: Motorbooks International
Dimensions: Width: 24.60cm , Height: 3.30cm , Length: 27.40cm
ISBN 10: 0760342482
Publication Date: 01 October 2011
Audience: General/trade , General
Publisher's Status: Active
Availability: In Print
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<p> There are books about famous movie stars and books about famous auto racers, but rarely do the two disciplines converge. Paul Newman is one example while Hollywood legend Steve McQueen is another. Some of McQueen's better-known roles included the Mustang-driving detective in Bullitt and the motorcycle-jumping POW in The Great Escape. But it was his 1971 portrayal as Porsche-pilot Michael Delaney in Le Mans where McQueen displayed his fanaticism for auto racing. Frederic Brun's book Steve McQueen: A Passion for Speed is full of behind the scenes photos of the actor / racer's obsession in front of the camera as well as participating in various racing events. www.motorbooks.com - Newsday
<p> The darling of mens lifestyle bloggers everywhere, Steve McQueen has long epitomized rugged cool. This book is a paean to the legend. It offers iconic photographs of McQueen with his cars and motorcycles but also rare shots of him riding horses, working out and relaxing with his wife. Worth buying for the photos alone. - Forbes.com
Political attache in the French Parliament, Frederic Brun is foremost a movie lover, car fanatic, and amateur racer. A sought-after commentator, he contributes to a number of French magazines writing about movie icons or collector cars. Frederic Brun is also the author of Pilotes Ferrari (YB Edition), awarded Best illustrated Sport Book by the Olympic Committee in fall 2010.
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