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McQueen's Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon Hardcover – November 15, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; 1st edition (November 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760328668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760328668
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Playboy, December 2007

“Think of this book as a love story. It was good to be king.”

  

Men’s Journal, January 2007

“Though both a ladies’ man and a man’s man, Steve McQueen was first and foremost a gearhead. He performed many of his own driving stunts. He raced across American deserts and European road courses on two wheels and four. He had the balls to pilot the terrifying Porsche 917 flat out down the Mulsanne straight and ride a Triumph through Paris traffic. McQueen’s Machines is the first complete look inside the man’s garage and, as a result, one of the few peeks inside his head.”


AutoWeek, Oct. 29, 2007

“Well-written, entertaining book … all of the pertinent details are here.”
 
Motortrend.com, Nov. 26, 2007

“A must have for any Steve McQueen fan.”

 

 



Born To Ride, October 2007

“This compilation is a wealth of detail about the star’s amateur racing career, his movie stunt work, and his car and motorcycle collecting. All of this information draws a fascinating picture of one outsized man’s driving passion.”

 

Musclecar Enthusiast, January 2008

“It includes many never before published photos, including those from McQueen family albums … a special treat for fans is a foreword by McQueen’s son, Chad.”


Antique Automobile, November/December 2007

“Draws a fascinating picture of one outsized man’s driving passion.”

 

Robb Report Collection, December 2007

“This 176-page book reads like a magazine and is filled with never-before-seen photographs.”

 

Classic & Sports Car (UK), December 2007

Book of the Month: “If you only have one book on the King of Cool in your library, this should be it.”



The Columbus Dispatch, Nov. 11, 2007

“McQueen was hard wired for cars and racing, with his love for all things mechanical and innate competitive nature that comes through in the book.”
 

Edmunds.com, Dec. 23, 2007

“Author Matt Stone skips all the Hollywood crap and gets right to the cars and motorcycles McQueen collected or made famous.”

                

Cycle World, January 2008

“Thumbs up to Steve McQueen for continuing to be the King of Cool, no matter that he puffed his last Marlboro 28 years ago. Hot on the heels of his 1963 Ferrari GT 250 Berlinetta selling for a record $2.3 million at auction comes a new book, McQueen’s Machines by auto writer Matt Stone. Nicely done, including a chapter on McQueen’s motorcycles.”

 

From the Inside Flap

He made movies best remembered for their wild car chases, mad motorcycle stunts, and wheel-to-wheel racing action, but no one forgets the man at the wheel—Steve McQueen, the King of Cool. No other Hollywood star has been so closely linked with cars and bikes. McQueen’s Machines celebrates this deep-seated connection, giving readers a close-up look at the automobiles and motorcycles in McQueen’s garage, those he drove in movies, and others he raced. From the 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 fastback he drove in Bullitt (in the greatest car chase of all time) to the custom Corvair-powered Manx dune buggy in The Thomas Crown Affair, from the Triumph motorcycle of The Great Escape to the Gulf-Porsche 917 he drove at top speed in Le Mans, the cars and bikes that McQueen made famous in films make an encore appearance here.

The book also features the cars, motorcycles, and even airplanes that McQueen owned over the years, including the 1958 Porsche Speedster he purchased new and then raced, a 1957 Jaguar XK-SS, a 1963 Ferrari 250 Lusso, a 1953 Siata 208S, a 1965 Ferrari 275 NART Spyder, and a 1969 Porsche 911S, to name but a few.

With a foreword by Steve’s son, Chad McQueen, photos from the family archive, and a wealth of details about the star’s amateur racing career, his movie stunt work, and his passion for car and motorcycle collecting, McQueen’s Machines draws a fascinating picture of one outsized man’s driving passion.


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Customer Reviews

Great book with lots of photos and information.
Susan A. Dunifon
McQueen so much that we have a "Steve McQueen Latrine" in our basement.
Anne
If you're a McQueen fan and a gearhead this book is a "must have".
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. Henry on December 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
There are a few Hollywood legends known for their love of fast machines. All of you motorheads out there (and there are millions of you!) know about James Dean, Paul Newman, and Jay Leno. In my opinion Steve McQueen's love for REALLY fast machines eclipses that of all the others in the sense that he not only surrounded himself with some of the most desirable and now legendary cars and bikes ever, but they frequently took center stage in many, many of his equally timeless movies...."On Any Sunday", "The Thomas Crown Affair", "The Great Escape", "Bullit"(I still get a bit queasy watching that one), and of course the mother of all racing movies, "Le Mans".
This book documents the way he LIVED that life. It is impeccably researched and laced throughout with photographs and endless tidbits all documenting his collection, how it was acquired over his lifetime, and it tells of his love not only for those machines, but his of driving(and riding).
It is a wonderful resource for documenting bar bets as well. With this at hand you'll never lose a bet with any of your car-crazy friends !!
Like his well-worn movies that have stood the test of time, I'm sure you'll find that this volume will stand up just as well.
When in doubt....ACCELERATE :~)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Glass Audio lover on November 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Great book, and a terrific research effort by Matt Stone in compiling all this information on bikes and cars and McQueen. My favorite parts:

Lots of great "behind the scenes" information on McQueen's top cars (the XKSS, the Porsches, the Lusso), and some items I didn't know about his lesser known collections. I disagree with the others about the detail and pix; Stone has done a heroic job of gathering a mix of hard-to-find photos, press clippings, and stories about these cars, even hunting down and getting details from reluctant owners. Unless you are a hard core McQueen collector, finding this amount of information is tough, not to mention the current status of McQueen's top cars. Plus some great, never before seen pix from the family's private collection.

A great effort, an entertaining book, and some great stories about an icon in movies and motorsports (and I thought I knew a lot about McQueen).

Now, if I could just get a few minutes of time in the XKSS...ahhhh a guy can dream, right?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Daphine on July 8, 2014
Format: Paperback
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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Red Wood on November 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As the previous review noted, this is likely not the book to get if you're looking for a decent amount of detail on the actor/race car driver Steve McQueen's cars. However, I am not a car fanatic whatsoever. The reason I had this on my Wishlist here was because McQueen is one of my icons & I happen to have his same taste in automobiles. This guy could not only drive but he had taste, too(actually, this was really no surprise to me, now that I think about it)! As the other reviewer comments, one can probably locate a number of the photos online, but this makes a GREAT coffee table book! I LOVE IT! However, I agree, again, that this recommendation is actually for McQueen fans more than just car afficionados.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lavender girl on April 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Chad McQueen's input and those that were around McQueen make this such an interesting book. I gave it as a gift to someone who was a fan of Steve's. Loved the anecdotes throughout and great photos.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andy Saldana on January 20, 2008
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BOOK IS A WINNER AND A MUST READ FOR ANYBODY REMOTELY A FAN OF STEVE MCQUEEN THE TV STAR,MOVIE STAR OR AUTO MAGNATE AND ENTHUSIAST. THE PHOTOS OF HIS PERSONAL STABLE OF KILLER VEHICLES AND MOTORCYCLES IS NOT TO BE BELIEVED. WHAT A SUPER BOOK TO DISPLAY PROUDLY ON YOUR COFFEE TABLE. IT STANDS OUT LIKE THE GREAT READING IT IS. COULDN'T BE HAPPIER WITH THIS PURCHASE.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jorge de Azcoitia Moreno on June 5, 2009
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I was expecting more than a quick "run through the specs" book and then a relatively short note on McQueens relation with each car. I looked forward to more in both quantity and comprehensiveness of stories and anecdotes concerning each particular car in McQueen's life, such as the races that he and the late James Coburn did with McQueen's Ferrari Lusso and Coburn's Ferrari California (recently sold at an auction for a world record 10 million bucks, if memory serves) around Solar Drive in Los Angeles, where McQ lived.
I think that this was a great oportunity to do a more well-researched and detailed book, specially, since it had the blessing with a foreword, many pictures and cars lent by McQueen's own son, Chad.
We barely have a few and very overlooked and uncomprehensive paragraphs dedicated to some very special cars and their related stories, such as the Bullitt Mustang or the Le Mans 917s, in which more than two years of production gave for another full book for itself (A French Kiss With Death, highly recommended, by the way).
Also, most of the pictures shown have already been seen on other books, like Taschen's "Steve McQueen" by William Claxton (a close friend and photographer of McQ) or are easily found on the internet, making this book for a very poor effort on research.
In all of the above mentioned books and in McQ's biography by Chris Sandford you will find more of what this book lacks: stories with McQ at the set in the Great Escape, Bullitt, Le Mans,... also racing with cars and bikes with his friends, etc. And most important of all, giving the stories some personality, which this book clearly lacks, as if other than getting a mediocre job done was all that was required.
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