The Friends of Steve McQueen held their “Thomas Crown Affair” themed car and motorcycle charity benefit on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the Boys Republic in Chino Hills, California. The event is in it’s 7th year and is co-chaired by Chad McQueen and Ron Harris. The event helps raise funds to support the Boys Republic and also pays tribute to the iconic actor and racing aficionado.
The day began with the typical “June Gloom”, which made the light very neutral, when I was hoping for some morning light to capture the cars being displayed.
The show didn’t disappoint as there was a great variety of cars and motorcycles being displayed. As the theme was from McQueen’s movie, “The Thomas Crown Affair”, the original 1967 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow two-door sedan and the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4S NART Spider were present and displayed.
This particular car shw is special for me as I have been a fan of McQueen’s, since I first saw the movie. “Le Mans” when I stayed up late one evening to watch it on the late, late, late show. McQueen was one of a very few actors who could stand on his own in the racing world. Many have tried and failed, but Steve was the real deal and has the respect and admiration from both the film and racing world.
This year’s show featured many notable motorcycle and automotive entries, including a 1951 Vincent Black Shadow; a 1966 BMW R69S; a 1969 Norton Commando; a 1970 Porsche 911-6 GT; a 1997 Porsche GT1 (chassis 101); a 1993 Bugatti EB110 GT; the original “Mooneyes”, the “00″ 24T Ford Roadster – owned and operated by the Alcala family since 1953; along with several Ford Mustang “Bullitt” editions.
I ran into Urban Outlaw and Porschephile, Magnus Walker, who brought his custom 1972 Porsche 911 72STR as well as long time show supporter and artist, Nicolas Hunziker, creator of the official show paintings/ posters, displayed his 1968 Porsche 911T Sports Purposes as well.
My favorite car from this event has to be McQueen’s 1956 Jaguar XKSS, D-Type. In 1957, Jaguar offered the remaining unfinished D-Types as XKSS versions. Their extra road-going equipment – which including a second seat, trimmed interior, side windows, passenger-side door, full-width framed windscreen and windscreen wipers, folding bonnet and bumpers – made them eligible for production sports car races in America. Jaguar had 25 of these cars in various stages of completion when a factory fire destroyed nine of them.
All proceeds from the 2014 Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show, benefit the Boys Republic, 1907 Boys Republic Drive, Chino Hills, California. For more information, visit Friends of Steve McQueen.
View the gallery of the images from this event here: Victor Varela Photographer.
A series of my images and a report were published at Sports Car Digest, the leading international online journal for sports, racing and vintage car enthusiasts. You can view it here: The Friends of Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle Show 2014.
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[source: Friends of Steve McQueen]
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