Steve Mcqueen had a deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion for cars and mo­tor­cy­cles, with Porsches of­ten play­ing cen­tre stage in his life. Cal­i­for­nia's 'Friends of Mcqueen' show cel­e­brates his pas­sion with 350 ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing an ex­ten­sive as­sort­ment of 356s and 911s. They

Classic Porsche - - Contents - Words & pho­tos: Stephan Szan­tai

Clas­sic Porsche vis­its the show com­mem­o­rat­ing Steve Mcqueen

Just as WWII drew to aclose, ay­oung Steve Mcqueen ( 1930– 1980) was be­ing dropped off by his mother at Boys Repub­lic, a school wel­com­ing trou­bled teenagers lo­cated in Chino, Cal­i­for­nia. She re­port­edly said to the man­age­ment: ' Maybe you can do some­thing with him – I can ' t. ' Mcqueen, who grad­u­ated in 1946 at age 16, ac­knowl­edged later in life that the es­tab­lish­ment played a key role in turn­ing his life around.

That same ed­u­ca­tional cen­tre, founded in 1907, has been host­ing a great event called 'Friends of Steve Mcqueen Car & Mo­tor­cy­cle Show' (bet­ter sim­ply known as 'Friends of Mcqueen') since 2008. The stu­dents' hands-on in­volve­ment helps the meet run smoothly; in fact, they not only join the or­gan­is­ing team, but also cre­ate the cool tro­phies based on old car and mo­tor­cy­cle parts.

This one-day event al­lows money to be raised for the school, too, with a mil­lion dol­lars be­ing the re­sult of the pro­mot­ers' hard work over the last nine years.

As much as we like Porsche-only af­fairs, there is some­thing to be said about shows like 'Friends of Mcqueen', with a wider range of au­to­mo­biles gath­ered on a few pieces of nicely-trimmed lawn. Some rides have di­rect con­nec­tions


with Mcqueen, such as Ford Mus­tangs (as seen in the movie

Bul­litt) and dune bug­gies ( The Thomas Crown Af­fair), not for­get­ting mo­tor­cy­cles ( The Great Es­cape).

Sev­eral types of ve­hi­cles have their own line up/cor­ners as well: mil­i­tary trans­porta­tion, movie cars, vin­tage trail­ers, and even steam en­gines! The show ad­di­tion­ally fea­tures a mo­tocross track – af­ter all, Mcqueen also en­joyed dirt bikes. This eclec­tic va­ri­ety seems to truly please the vis­i­tors.

Yet, the largest con­tin­gent this year re­mained vin­tage Porsches, not a big sur­prise con­sid­er­ing Mcqueen's love for the Ger­man brand. Keep in mind that the Porsche 356 Club has been fun­da­men­tal to the event's de­vel­op­ment, too, thanks in part to Co-chair­man Ron Har­ris who owns a beau­ti­ful out­law-styled 1957 coupé. 356s thereby showed up

en masse, with ex­cel­lent ex­am­ples be­ing dis­played, such as the red 1958 Speed­ster brought by Peter Dunkel, an in­flu­en­tial en­thu­si­ast who was be­hind the Dunkel Broth­ers show around the turn of the cen­tury.

Other in­ter­est­ing 356s in­cluded Dean Spooner 's red out­law '59 Con­vert­ible D, which he pur­chased in 1972, in ad­di­tion to Michael and Chris­tine Allen's blue '65 coupé – its first owner par­tic­i­pated in some Ger­man ral­lies that same year.

On the 911 front, we no­ticed what seemed to be a smaller troop of out­laws com­pared to pre­vi­ous edi­tions; but there were plenty of 'stock­ers', go­ing as far back as 1965, as ex­em­pli­fied by Scott Hooks' red coupé. The meet of­fered a hand­ful of odd­i­ties, such as the '73 911Starga ex­hib­ited by Zelec­tric Mo­tors.

As you might have guessed, it runs an elec­tric mo­tor with


214lb ft of torque, with a range of up to 180 miles. A few later mod­els sprin­kled the grounds as well, in­clud­ing a cou­ple of rare Slant­nose 911s, com­ple­mented by sev­eral 912Es and Vw-porsche 914s.

Yet, one of the most talked about rides was a yel­low GT1, a Daytona Grand Am en­try raced in 2003 by Jean­nette, Min­ter, and Steve's son, Chad Mcqueen. The lat­ter is a gen­uine mo­tor­head who owns a few vin­tage Porsches, such as the 356 Speed­ster and Slate Grey 911 for­merly in the hands of his dad. Many had great hopes for Chad as a racer, un­til he hit the wall in 2006 at Daytona in a Porsche GT3 that ex­pe­ri­enced me­chan­i­cal fail­ure – he suf­fered life-threat­en­ing in­juries and his re­cov­ery would prove par­tic­u­larly long.

Yes, Friends of Mcqueen had plenty of good rea­sons to at­tract au­to­mo­tive en­thu­si­asts with a pen­chant for Porsches (or even those who don't) this year. The 2018 edi­tion is al­ready sched­uled for the first week­end of June. It will cel­e­brate the 50th An­niver­sary of the movie Bul­litt. Ford Mus­tang fa­nat­ics will love it; but don't worry, there will be


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