Articles tagged Steve McQueen

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McQueen's mean machine

The King of Cool's most famous motorcycle could break new ground when it goes on sale this month Mention Steve McQueen in the same breath as movies about racing and most people’s thoughts turn to the mind-numbing Le Mans of 1971, which succeeds admirably in making 106 minutes feel like all of 24 hours (if not longer). But many – especially motorcycle types – would say that McQueen’s involvement...

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Timing is everything Split-second accuracy is fundamental to both motor sport and the finely honed world of watchmaking, so it’s hardly surprising that the two are highly complementary. For many years now, watch companies have selected racing drivers as brand ambassadors. Famously, Jackie Stewart had his shirts’ left cuff tailored to make sure his Rolex was suitably visible at appropriate moments...

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Too free a spirit for Ferrari

He started only one GP, but had a better track record than the wider world appreciated. This is our tribute to the unconventional Jonathan Williams, who always knew there was more to life than racing. He passed away recently Writer: Adam Cooper Given that he lived a quiet and low-key life in Spain, Jonathan Williams was always bemused by the ability of a certain group of people to track him down...

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Called to account Mark Hughes’ April column sums up brilliantly what us long-term addicts could not have done so pointedly. That having been said, we the spectators/paying public, have long been sacrificed to the Gods of the almighty dollar, as he states so well, but good luck getting any of them to react. May I suggest a running challenge and a new monthly feature for the FIA (Todt), Ecclestone...

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Extreme close-up

Steve McQueen – Le Mans, 1970 For Steve McQueen, making a film of the Le Mans race was a passion. And passion can tempt you into taking risks Writer Gordon Cruickshank, Illustrator Guy Allen Le Mans. It’s 1970. You’re Derek Bell, caning a Ferrari 512 into Maison Blanche with Jo Siffert’s Porsche 917 nudging your gearbox; foot down, touching 160mph, you feed the scarlet car through the long left-...

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Movie icons and memorabilia

This month's lots Connery's signature is worth a mint while McQueen's 'bikes are up for grabs... Hard to believe that celebrity endorsement can really make that much difference to an auction price, but if Sean Connery's signature on an Aston Martin press photograph can conjure mega-bucks for a simple print, imagine what a spread of Indian and Harley-D motorcycles with a proven Steve McQueen...

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Big numbers

Times are hard, but racing memorabilia is still selling Even in these troubled times, auction records are still broken on a weekly basis. In fact, an auction hardly passes without a press release containing the words ‘record price achieved’ or ‘new world record set’. But when a car registration number sells for £397,500 at the Bonhams Goodwood Revival sale, setting a new record (the previous was...

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All work no playboy

Forty years have passed since the sport lost one of its most misunderstood – and underrated – talentsWriter Andrew Frankel I’d known about the autobiography of Peter Revson for years, but never felt inclined to read it. Revson’s was a supporting role on the global motor racing stage: not a bit part for sure, but he was certainly no superstar either. Besides, Revson only got that far thanks to...

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The Sebring 12 Hours

(March 21st/22nd) FERRARI'S DRAMATIC VICTORY AS SPRING follows winter so the Sebring 12-hour race follows the Daytona 24-hour race and the field at the 12 hours is often a reflection of the earlier 24-hour race. Not quite so this year, for in addition to the three-cornered Porsche/Gulf, Ferrari and Matra challenge, there was also a full team of three Alfas. The obvious favourites after their...

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Le Mans! Camera! Action!

Remember the film 'Le Mans'? Jonathan Williams does: he was the man hired to drive the camera car, Steve McQueen's own Porsche 908, in the actual race to get realistic footage. This is his story. Not long ago, I spent a couple of hours sitting at a table in a French hotel, signing my name five hundred times. I was rewarded at the rate of two dollars per scribble, which strikes me as the kind of...



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