After commandeering the Harley, Arnold takes on a truck in what is arguably the greatest motorcycle movie chase scene of all time. No, not the one at top right, but the one at bottom left.
The rest of the driving by McQueen’s character was done by stunt drivers Bud Ekins and Loren Janes. Scott’s Squirrels were race homologation models, which offered 486cc of displacement from their water-cooled two-stroke vertical twin engines. I just want the brass ring and the pine trees, A television-turned-movie star, McQueen was the sexiest and toughest leading man of his day. Along with the legendary stunt rider Bud Ekins, Steve prepared his own Metisse Mk3 for racing and always championed the great British motorcycle. He had a one-off outing in the British Touring Car Championship in 1961 driving a BMC Mini at Brands Hatch and finished third behind Vic Elford and Sir John Whitmore. One other McQueen race suit sold at an RM-Sothebys auction in 2017, fetching $336,000. Marlon Brando was a real-life motorcyclist though and when the 1970 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra-Glide he owned from new went to auction. At the same time as the commercial was made, Honda Motor Company gave Steve a CB450 road bike for promotional purposes. Jun 17, 2018 - Explore Classic-British-Motorcycles.co's board "Steve McQueen Motorcycle Pictures", followed by 1071 people on Pinterest.
Steve McQueen (March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980) The Coolest Man on Two Wheels. After nabbing bit parts in several films, he landed his first starring role in the 1958 horror cult classic The Blob.
Apart from being an interesting time capsule full of stories, it was originally way ahead of its time upon its introduction.
That’s some pretty high praise. In the film, The Great Escape, Steve McQueen's character jumps a fence on a Triumph TR6 Trophy while being pursued by prison guards. Steve McQueen became a star on TV and would soon replicate that stardom on the big screen. Top right: Another ex-McQueen Husqvarna 400 Cross built in 1971, The racing suit McQueen wore as Mike Delaney in.
Other items to that have appeared in movies and commanded astonishing prices at auction include: Here are just a few examples from our files of items have been raised to iconic status by the prices they have commanded at auction many decades after their moment in the spotlight: Dorothy's ruby red slippers ($612,000) and blue pinafore dress ($1.56 million) from, This is the highest priced Honda motorcycle ever to sell at auction and the highest priced Japanese motorcycle to ever sell at auction. In his adolescence, his problems at home led him to take to the streets, and he was often in trouble. I'm 79 years old. The buyer failed to pay up, and after several subsequent auctions, it sold for $120,000 in 2014. As two previous owners of this bike have shown though, "where there's a will, there's a way" and whenever you put together an article such as this, where you attempt to piece together history from just a few decades ago, you gain immense appreciation for the archaeologists who deal in millennia, not decades. The Triumph Thunderbird he rode in the film has never been to auction and is either secreted away in someone's collection or has been lost to history.
Rob did some research and when he tracked down the original sales documents and Manufacturer's Statement of Origin, he discovered #MH-1341 had been purchased new on February 9, 1970 by McQueen's production company, Solar Productions. Steve was dyslexic and partially deaf due to a childhood ear infection.
Perhaps less well known is that the Killer is an ardent motorcyclist and has had a stable of Harleys since having his first hit record over 60 years ago. Bill, McQueen began studying acting in New York.
I can’t promise they’ll ever forget what happened to them. Here are just five of them. One example that motorcyclists will relate to is the above 1970 G31M Centurian given to Steve McQueen by Kawasaki to be used as a pit bike during the filming of Le Mans. Sinatra saw something special in McQueen and ensured that the young actor got plenty of closeups in a role that earned McQueen favorable reviews.
McQueen later regifted this bike back to Von Dutch, who later sold it. In 1968, McQueen starred as San Francisco PD Detective Frank Bullitt in Bullitt.
Steve McQueen famously penned this review article for Popular Science magazine after flogging 6 motorcycles in the desert. One of the most iconic motorcycles to ever appear on the silver screen, this was one of three 650cc TR6Rs that was prepared for the filming of The Great Escape. Some time in between its film career and its rightful place of honor at Triumph, it was also allegedly, The Great Escape Stuntman’s Gorgeous Triumph Is Up For Auction, McQueen's Triumph From The Great Escape To Make Rare Appearance, As you might recall, this legendary bike starred alongside McQueen in, , a motorcycle documentary that still has impact among enthusiasts in 2019. This particular bike was sold after McQueen’s death to a private party, spent some time in the Otis Chandler Museum, and eventually was restored and ridden by its buyer from there. That thread turned out to be the connection between the bike that wasn't sold at auction in 2013, and the bike that set a raft of auction records in October, 2018.
This 1970 Kawasaki G31M Centurian was given to Steve McQueen by the Japanese manufacturer to be used during the filming of, This is the second most expensive motorcycle ever to sell at auction. The antagonist’s black Dodge Charger was driven by veteran stunt driver Bill Hickman; McQueen, his stunt drivers and Hickman spent several days before the scene was shot practicing high-speed, close quarters driving.
The King of Cool lives on.
Holly was a motorcyclist and when his 1958 Ariel Cyclone 650 went to auction in 2014, it had spent 30 years in the den of Holly's best friend, and another musical legend, Waylon Jennings. It is difficult to tell just how much the film helped to fuel the motorcycle sales boom of the early seventies, as the post-war-baby boom had just reached driving age ... but anecdotally, the influence of On Any Sunday was far reaching. McQueen withdrew due to irreparable crash damage, and Ekins withdrew with a broken leg, both on day three. At bottom left is a 1970 Kawasaki G31M Centurian that was given to Steve McQueen by the Japanese manufacturer to be used during the filming of Le Mans.
Steve was inducted in the Off-road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1978. Brando won two academy awards for best actor from eight nominations, and despite many famous film roles (A Streetcar named Desire, The Godfather, Last Tango in Paris, Guys and Dolls, On the Waterfront, Julius Caesar, Apocalypse Now and Mutiny on the Bounty, it was his role as the leader of the pack in The Wild One (1953) which indelibly linked him to motorcycling. Starring in films such as. Terrence Stephen McQueen was born in Beech Grove, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis.
He saved the lives of five other Marines during an Arctic exercise, pulling them from a tank before it broke through ice into the sea. This particular bike was sold after McQueen’s death to a private party, spent some time in the Otis Chandler Museum, and eventually was restored and ridden by its buyer from there. McQueen's first off-road motorcycle was a Triumph 650 that Bud Ekins built for him in his shop in Southern California. According to Steve’s son, Chad McQueen, he loved this model so much that. "You can crank that motorcycle up and she purrs like a kitten – but you have to kickstart it you know.
He went on to edit or manage over 50 different print publications, each with a different target audience: sports, automotive, advertising, marketing, design, ad infinitum.
Steve McQueen died in 1980 at the age of 50. McQueen's love for anything on wheels was evident. The 1971 Husqvarna 400 MX at top right was formerly owned by Charles Bronson.
Beginning as a bit player in the series, the leather-jacketed Fonz and his motorcycle became major characters over the 11 seasons of the hit television show due to his ultra-cool persona.
I want that, too. I don't believe in that phony hero stuff. Product Type. Acting's a good racket.
The motorcycle cylinder head must be modified, professionally, with a second sparkplug hole to install this release (the Husqvarna factory never supplied this option), and (this) bike does have the modified cylinder head. Steve McQueen, "The King of Cool", was the ultimate man's man. It sold for US$1.37 million in 2011, which is about 10-15 times what you'd pay for an identical car.
Is your company interested in using Steve McQueen for any commercial purpose, including advertising and merchandise? Nowhere are his followers more ardent than among car, motorcycle and racing enthusiasts. His Hollywood career began with bit parts in westerns and eventually led to his being the most famous and highest paid actor of his time. If you read Wikipedia's entry for On Any Sunday, you'll find reference to the support McQueen offered to Bruce Brown in the making of the film: At one point, Brown found a perfect location for a sunset beach riding shot—Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
Terrence Stephen McQueen was born in Beech Grove, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis. When found, it was restored, and in recent years has been one of the hero exhibits at the Triumph Factory Visitor Experience, and was on show at this year's Salon Prive Concours on August 30, 2018. Another excellent example is the Porsche 911S that McQueen drove through the French countryside for the first three minutes of Le Mans (1971), which appears at #18 in our top 100 most expensive movie cars listing.
The bike was apparently sold twice that month, and was purchased by Phillips the following month, February, 2008, for $1500. A large part of his allure was the element of danger that surrounded him, and that his coolness always shone through whatever role he was playing on screen, whether a cowboy, gambler, millionaire, detective, fireman, etc. I scrounged around for the next couple of years. © 2016 Branded Entertainment Network Photographs courtesy of MPTV Images, John R. Hamilton Archives, Visual China Group, and Chadwick McQueen and the Terry McQueen Testamentary Trust.
Unlike all prior movie motorcycles though, the Light Cycle did not exist beyond computer animation, so father and son car collectors Paul and Chris Andrews actually created a real-life Tron Light Cycle.
The racing suit of another all-time great, the late Ayrton Senna, sold at auction in Monaco earlier this year, fetching €38,400 ($43,000). Unfortunately, McQueen didn't finish due to an accident, but his teammate Cliff Coleman finished and went home with a gold medal.
It was pretty amazing the doors he was able to open.".
This particular one was restored for Steve McQueen by Kenny Howard—who you may know better as Von Dutch.
Soon, Scott was so competitive at IOM events that, for his sins, he was penalized by having engine displacement multiplied by 1.32 as a handicap.
Following a sympathetic restoration, #MH-1341 went on display at the San Diego Auto Museum and in January, 2013, it was presented for sale at auction with the McQueen provenance as its main selling point.
McQueen’s first off-road motorcycle was a Triumph 500 cc, purchased from Ekins. The Navajos have a saying they live by: 'A land where there is time enough and room enough.'
It was a 450cc engine mounted in a V-shaped frame that tucked the fuel tank down between the rider’s legs, for better ease of riding. I'm happy. Racing is life. Elvis Presley got one on the same day. Quite naturally, the bike took the stage in its original condition. Given all of the above, Steve McQueen's 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross could be viewed as a steal at $230,500.
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