HollyWood Icons Paul Newman and Steve McQueen Loved to Race Sports Cars!
It’s a Friday Night Car Show, here at Far Out Radio! But for tonight, we’re going “Hollywood” with automotive journalist, Matt Stone. Matt will be on for the full two hours and we’ll be talking about his two books, “Winning – The Racing Life of Paul Newman” and “McQueen’s Machines – The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon,” both published by Motorbooks and available at Motorbooks.com and Amazon.com.
While Hollywood has had iconic stars since its beginnings, few are as associated with cars, racing, and speed as are Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. “The King of Cool,” Steve McQueen was a true rebel/bad boy and is on record saying that were it not for acting, he probably would have ended up in jail.
Fast cars and motorcycles were a lifelong passion for McQueen and his celebrity status and income allowed him to indulge in fast cars, motorcycles, regular cars, and knock around trucks – and LOTS of them. McQueen’s two “racing” films were “On Any Sunday” about off-road motorcycling, and the 1971 film, “Le Mans” filmed at the 1970 Le Mans race with McQueen doing his own driving.
Here’s his famous quote from the film, “A lot of people go through life doing things badly. Racing’s important to men who do it well. When you’re racing, it… it’s life. Anything that happens before or after… is just waiting.”
Matt Stone’s book is a fun tribute a a man with a passion for machines and speed.
“Winning – The Racing Life of Paul Newman” was authored by Matt Stone and Preston Lerner. Paul Newman was already an established Hollywood box office superstar by the time he stared in the 1969 film, “Winning” with his wife Joanne Woodward and co-star Robert Wagner. Newman was 44 years old when he went to driving school for training for the film and took to driving a race car like a fish to water.
Newman consistently raced cars of all kinds from 1969 to 2005. He even raced at the 1995 24 Hours of Daytona at the age of 70! One of his last races was in 2005 at the 24 Hours of Daytona – at the age of 80!!! Many professional race car drivers are on record saying that had Paul began racing 20 years before he did, he would have been one of racing’s greats!
“Winning – The Racing Life of Paul Newman” is available HERE.
“McQueen’s Machines – The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon,” is available HERE.
Matt Stone and Preston Lerner were on Far Out Radio March 29, 2013 and you can enjoy that show via our Far Out Radio YouTube Channel, below.
Here’s the trailer for McQueen’s “Le Mans.”
Here’s the opening sequence for Newman’s “Winning.”
Meet the The Authors:
Matt Stone (Glendale, CA), former executive editor of Motor Trend magazine, has been a professional automotive journalist and photographer since 1985. He has authored and photographed several books, including the best-selling My First Car, 365 Cars You Must Drive and McQueen’s Machines, all from Motorbooks.
Preston Lerner (Burbank, CA), a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine, has written about motorsports for publications ranging from Sports Illustrated to The New York Times. He’s the author of the race car marque history, Scarab, for Motorbooks and one novel, Fools on the Hill. He also club-races a Spec Miata and Nissan 240SX with the SCCA and NASA.
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