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

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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.”


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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; 1st edition (November 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760328668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760328668
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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As Matt Stone himself said, there are plenty of books about
Steve McQueen, this is about his cars and bikes. It is indeed a clever idea. One wonders how Steve found time to film the movies he did given his preference for racing and riding. The stand outs to me are as follows.
McQueen became an impressively informed collector powered by a junior high school education. Which just goes to show that people who want to learn a subject successfully teach themselves.
I will be reading his first wife's story about Steve. It will be interesting to see how the claims that he was into physical fitness square with so many photos of him smoking and the apparent long term drug use. But we tend to forget just how many people smoked then. How did he manage to stay so good looking one wonders.
Kudos to Stone for letting us know just how successful Steve was at racing. He and Peter Revson won an overall second at Sebring in 1970 in a Porsche 908, several of the larger machines dropped out but they still did it. And he was quite successful in numerous other outings on both two and four wheels.
I bought the kindle edition for my seven inch fire and was disappointed the photos were so small and could not be enlarged. For that reason I rate the book four stars, the star cars deserve larger photos of detail.
For any guy growing from teen to adult in the 1960s who enjoyed Great Escape, Magnificent Seven, Thomas Crown, how this guy used his fortune is most interesting.
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