June 4, 2011

Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show - Boys Republic, Chino Hills, California
June 4, 2011

Photo Credit: Chuck Frisbey

As the excitement of the 24 Hours of Le Mans came to a close in France, organizers of the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show had cause to continue their celebration in California as the fourth annual event and celebration of Le Mans in Chino Hills came to its finish by setting new records. Amidst a crowd that included Le Mans drivers Vic Elford, Tony Adamowicz, Michael Keyser and Jonathan Williams, close to 3,000 spectators attended the June 4th event to witness the Show's first time presentation of awards at an event that drew over 300 automobiles and motorcycles vying for eight trophies named after some of the movies for which Steve McQueen is best remembered.

Kerry Morse's 1993 Le Mans Class-Winning Porsche 911 RSR
Pictured above left: Kerry Morse's 1993 Le Mans Class-Winning Porsche 911 RSR
Pictured above right (L-R): Kerry Morse, Chad McQueen, Chase McQueen and Maxx Kominsky at the 2011 Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show
Photo Credit: Lizett Bond

The 2011 Celebration of Le Mans attracted a filed of spectacular race cars tha included the overall winner at Le Mans in 1977. Kerry Morse's 1993 Porsche 811 RSR was awarded the Show's very first Le Mans Trophy - the only award that was presented with a TAG/Heuer Monaco watch similar to the one worn by McQueen during the making of the 1971 film.Accepting the prized Cool Style was Mike Regalia. A multiple winner at Pebble Beach, Regalia parked his 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carerra alongside the McQueen family of vehicles. Owned perviously by McQueen, the slate gray Porsche was a special order of McQueen's from Bob Smith Porsche in Hollywood.

Bill Cronkhite's '54 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn & David Dunkel's '54 International R-Series 4X4

Pictured above left to right: Bill Cronkhite's 1954 Rolls-Royce; Steve McQueen in "The Thomas Crown Affair" United Artists (1968); David Dunkel's 1954 International R-Series 4X4
Above Left & Right Photo Credits:

One of only three International R-Series 4 X 4s made for the Army Corps of Engineers in 1954, David Dunkel was presented with the event's first Thomas Crown Trophy for Best Off-Road Vehicle, while Bill Cronkhite of La Canada nabbed the other Thomas Crown Trophy for the Best Rolls-Royce with his 1954 Silver Dawn formerly owned by English actor James Mason.

Mark Rosendahl's 1962 Norton Manx 500

Pictured above left: James Coburn, James Garner and Steve McQueen with director John Sturges on a break from filming "The Great Escape" United Artists (1963)
Pictured above right, second from left, is the Great Escape Trophy winning '62 Norton Manx 500 owned by Mark Rosendahl

Above right photo credit: Michael Keyser

A field of approximately 25 vintage motorcycles competed for The Great Escape Trophy for Best Classic Motorcycle. To make this award even more special, it was presented by Donna Ekins, daughter of the late Bud Ekins, longtime friend of McQueen's, famous for performing many of the stunts in the 1962 film. Receiving the first annual award was a 1962 Norton Manx 500 owned by Mark Rosendahl of Los Angeles.

Mike Calicott's 1967 Mustang

Pictured above left: Steve McQueen as Lt. Frank Bullitt in his 1968 Highland Green Mustang GT Fastback, Warner Brothers (1968)
Pictured above right: Mike Calicott's Bullitt Trophy-winning '67 Ford Mustang

Above Right Photo Credit: Mike Calicott

From a sea of Highland Green Bullitt Mustangs, Ford's Freeman Thomas selected a 1967 Mustang owned by Mike Calicott. Driven from Arkansas to California for a "shot" to be the very first recipient of the Friends of Steve McQueen Bullitt Trophy,Calicott's '67 Fastback is a favorite every year at the Bullitt National events.

Eric Parsons' 1972 Ford F-100
Pictured above left: Eric Parsons' 1972 Ford F-100 and 1936 CZ
Pictured above right: Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw and Slim Pickens in "The Getaway" Solar Productions (1972)

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It didn't take long for the word to get out about The Getaway Trophy that would be awarded to just one unrestored truck at the 2011 Le Mans Celebration. Steve McQueen owned cars, trucks, motorcycles and airplanes of several makes and models, but there is no other category that conveys McQueen's appreciation for cars and trucks than The Getaway Trophy. this first time trophy was presented to a 1972 Ford F100 with original hand lettered graphics, tie-downs, and original paint. A new purchase in 1972 by Irv Seaver Motorcycles in Santa Ana, California, it served as a delivery truck for BMW, Suzuki, BSA, OSSA, Bultaco and Cushman Truckster motorcycles, but was displayed for the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show by owner Eric Parsons, with a rare 1936 CZ (Czechoslovakia). At first glimpse of the truck and motorcycle parked in the bed, 16 year-old Chase McQueen was heard saying "YEAH!"

Don & Carol Murray's 1964 Porsche 904

Pictured above: Derek Boiks accepts the 2011 Best In Show Trophy from Chad McQueen for Don & Carol Murray's Porsche 904 GT
Photo Cedits: & Chuck Frisbey

As Hollywood productions often go, the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show went off script when an eigth trophy was presented. This very special Best In Show award, featuring a piston from McQueen's 1958 Porsche Speedster went to a '64 Porsche 904 GT owned by Don and Carol Murray. The Murray's received a replica of the piston that remains on permanent display at the Boys Republic, yet have the distinct honor of being the first to be honored with this perpetual trophy, hand-crafted by students at the Boys Republic.