Archive for ‘Steve McQueen’

January 25, 2018

Phil the Hitman

The Driver – today is primo stunt driver Bill Hickman’s Birthday. Born in 1921 he is most known as the assassins getaway driver in Bullitt. Driving a ’68 Dodge Charger 440 Magnum R/T through the streets of San Francisco whilst being chased by Steve McQueen in his Highland Green ’68 Ford Mustang 390 GT . Here is Bill keeping an eye in the rearview mirror for Frank Bullitt. Considered one of the greatest car chases in moviedom it could never be achieved in this day and age as modern action scenes are created with unreal CGI tomfoolery. The second greatest chase is in William Friedkin’s 1971 The French Connection which was also helmed by Hickman.

Hickman was friend and driving master to James Dean. Being was first on the scene to Deans fateful crash in his 550 Spyder, and sadly the one who was at his side when he died.

December 11, 2017

On Any Sunday

On Any Sunday (1971) by Bruce Brown, who passed away yesterday at the age of 80, is considered the very best documentary that covers motorcycle racing action in Dirt Track, Road Race, Moto Cross, Hill Climbs, Bonneville Salt Flats World speed records and more. The movie stars Steve McQueen (who also backed its production), Malcolm Smith, Mert Lawill and Gene Romero. At nearly 50 years old, it still remains as a “MUST SEE” required viewing if you have anything to do with motorcycling.

June 14, 2017

Red ‘n’ White Chequered 

Wednesday Wheelie- we need a bit of Harvey Mushman leaping out of the screen to see us into the latter part of the wee. “Number 14! Give ‘er some wellie!”

March 26, 2017

McQueen Moto

Sled – Glory Motor Works owner Justin Kell standing with a ’64 500 Triumph. Found in a dusty south California aircraft hangar it was determined to be one of Steve McQueen’s desert racers. There is talk of restoring it; I would hope they’d keep its aged patina and stop further corrosion, wipe the engine down with an oily rag, get the engine sorted to run like a champ, new Dunlop tires, and take it to the Mojave.

March 24, 2017

Friday Cool

The Dudley Dude – a factory fresh Triumph TR6 being taken for a cruise around the Streets of London. To mark Steve McQueens Birthday here he is in his element looking cool: desert boots, jeans and Triumph tee-shirt. This moto was his number 278 steed for the upcoming ISDT that was held in East Germany. Year is 1964. B reg plate. NX designates Dudley registration.

February 27, 2017

Cannon Ammo

Tee Shirt Fashion – wear what you believe! One thing about this ubiquitous short sleeved item of clothing is that they can promote ideas, express thoughts, present art, denote vision, advertise companies; the written word; or a graphic style. It’s like a walking billboard, moving, a breathing gallery. Here are some speed loving characters garbed appropriately in the t-shirt garment: Barry Sheene sporting a Gary Nixon top (Venezuelan rider Johnny Cecotto is seated next to him); Steve McQueen and his Triumph brand across his chest, coffee at the ready; Jackie Stewart and his F1 Elf; and Burt Munro – the worlds fastest Indian. 

November 11, 2016


The Man from U.N.C.L.E.  – RIP Robert Vaughn (1932-2016) Last of the Seven. Many know him as Agent Napoleon Solo, others as Lee from John Sturges’ classic remake of The Seven Samurai. I like him as slimy politician Chalmers opposite Steve McQueens film Bullitt. [Frank Bullitt to Chalmers] “You believe what you want. Look, you work your side of the street, and I’ll work mine.”

July 23, 2016

Midday Sun

Mad Dogs- the weather is hot and humid, far too muggy for my constitution. A northern bloke needs overcast 50’s. Pity it wasn’t dry heat like the SoCal desert. Steve knows how to enjoy the heat: ride a Triumph desert sled!

March 25, 2016

Le Moto Vendredi

En 1964, il participe au sein du « team USA » d’enduro au championnat du monde d’enduro (épreuve durant 6 jours) sur une moto Triumph de 650 cm³ à Erfurt en Allemagne de l’Est.

Un homme de moto…

March 24, 2016

King of Cool

 “I learned that life is a long and difficult road, but you have to keep going, or you’ll fall by the wayside.”  Steve McQueen March 24 1930 – Nov 7 1980


February 7, 2016

Fill ‘er up!

When careening across the Mojave on a knobbly booted Triumph desert sled you need to keep the tank topped up. Harvey Mushman takes a quick break and sloshes some much needed leaded Mobil into his steed.

January 17, 2016

How! Di ye diy art de ye?

Powerful paintings of icons on Triumphs by John Froehlich. Slight abstraction of classic images depicting Steve McQueen as Hilts and Marlon Brando as Johhny.

December 14, 2015



Sled, desert sled that is. Steve McQueens desert sled. Hot SoCal day and a race across the dusty scrubland is anticipated. Here in Illinois it’ll soon be cold, icy and unrideable; bah, humbug!


November 18, 2015

Under the Sun

McQueens production company which backed films such as Les Mans  as well as the documentary On Any Sunday. Clean graphic. 
#66 was his Porsche 908/2 number he used on the disused airfield track in Holtville CA. 


November 17, 2015

Hit the road Steve!

This bottle green Chevy truck with a custom aluminum camper sitting in its long bed was once owned by Steve McQueen. Towards the end of his life he used it to go cross country and see the USA from the road. 

Purchased from a migrant farmer the 1952 V6 engined 3800 was purchased from a migrant farmer from the side of the road. 

Big mattress, plenty of storage and a tent-like inner ceiling it would be the perfect thing to scour the back roads and lost towns of the continent. The camper unit is called a dust-tite and was built by Harold van Hoosen. 

This was up for auction this year… Unsure if it sold but the anticipated price was $600-800k.