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Look in the dictionary under cool,you will find ;Steve McQueen!  His riding ability equaled his talent on the screen. His scene in the" Great Escape" movie  riding, The Elsinoire Grand Prix and the cow-trailing/beach scene in Bruce Browns On Any Sunday make this Ken Maely steel shoe wearing former  flat track racing semi-disabled, honorably discharged Navy vet say thanks Steve! R-I-P

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Steve McQueen "cow trailing" Mert Lawwill,  and Malcom Smith.     (wonder if that's where the saying, "shit eating grin" comes from)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-xrKE9rClg

 

Steve McQueen in,  "On Any Sunday".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qklwSsBlbk

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These days, that "Great Escape" scene would have been done with cables and some kind of rigging along with a stunt double.

 

The jump was actually done by Bud Ekins.

According to his Bud's daughter and others he could have done the stunt himself.

 

 

"Steve was a very capable rider, but my dad did the jump because they wouldn't let a star do a jump of that nature because they couldn't afford to have him hurt," she said.

 

There is do doubt the man could ride and drive but business is business.

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A great man, On Any Sunday is one of my favorite flicks out there. He died before I was born, but my dad made sure to inspire me with his films when I was young.

 

I wonder how many people on this site started out their riding "career" like these kids from the movie's intro....pretending their bicycle had a motor.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W50hGEs5JE

 

I know I did,   :ride:

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The jump was actually done by Bud Ekins.

According to his Bud's daughter and others he could have done the stunt himself.

 

There is do doubt the man could ride and drive but business is business.

 

This is true, also he did most of the driving in Bullit.  You can tell when it is Ekins in the drivers seat when the rear view mirror is down only showing his chin in the mirror.  Again McQueen was a capable drive, just insurance/actor safety.

 

As "cool" as McQueen was as an actor I am not sure he would have survived after the "New Hollywood" era (had he not died during that period) and might not have been as well remembered (he was kind of a dick to the establishment).

 

As a motorsports enthusiast he would definitely be involved even more than he was If he was alive today.

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