Book Review: McQueen’s Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon

| 2/4/2008 9:17:40 AM

Tags: ,

McQueen book 

As icons go, if you’re a gear head, there’s a good chance you’re also a Steve McQueen fan. From what many still say is the best car chase scene ever in the film Bullitt to the obvious bike chase scenes and that great jump everyone still remembers in The Great Escape (done by McQueen’s friend Bud Ekins), McQueen was a true fan of both bikes and cars, and his talent, whether behind the wheel of a car or aboard a bike, was impressive.

This book takes a deeper look into McQueen’s vehicles throughout his life, showing photographs, giving background info and even modern day driving impressions of some of the cars. And while it’s an enjoyable read throughout, it centers much more on his cars than it does on his bikes.

The two-wheelers are relegated mainly to one chapter (out of five), and none are road tested by the author, which is kind of disappointing. The first part of the book goes so far in depth on a handful of the cars (such as McQueen’s 1958 Porsche Speedster, which is now owned by his son, Chad McQueen), that by the time you get to the chapter on his motorcycles, you’re really looking forward to finding out who owns them and what’s being done with them today. Instead, you get some background and a few photos on a handful of the bikes (such as his 1964 Triumph TR6SC ISDT), then nothing more than small black and white photos of the rest with a little info from the catalog for McQueen’s 1984 Estate Auction.

That said, it’s still a fun read, but buy it for the info on his cars and take what you learn about his bikes as icing on the cake.

Check it out at:

The sound and the fury: celebrate the machines that changed the world!

Motorcycle Classics JulAug 16Motorcycle Classics is America's premier magazine for collectors and enthusiasts, dreamers and restorers, newcomers and life long motorheads who love the sound and the beauty of classic bikes. Every issue  delivers exciting and evocative articles and photographs of the most brilliant, unusual and popular motorcycles ever made!

Save Even More Money with our RALLY-RATE plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our RALLY-RATE automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $5.00 and get 6 issues of Motorcycle Classics for only $29.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and I'll pay just $34.95 for a one year subscription!

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter