STEVE MCQUEEN:
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE LAST MILE
PHOTOGRAPHS BY BARBARA MCQUEEN

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"Looking back on it now, the trust he had in me was incredible. Except perhaps a dozen paparazzi shots and some publicity stills, Steve didn't allow anyone to photograph him in the last five years of his life."
Barbara McQueen.



STEVE, IDAHO 1977.

Size: 16" x 20"

Barbara writes: "Whenever Steve travelled, it was always with a six-pack of beer in a cooler." Steve had bought his 57 Ford pickup from a migrant farm worker, and acquired a number of vehicles in similar circumstances, flagging down the driver for an on-the-spot roadside deal.




ON THE WAY to MONTANA, 1977.

Size: 16" x 20"

Barbara's beautiful sunlit shot of Steve.
Barbara writes: "He seemed to have a real feeling for and deep appreciation for the region's natural beauty. He blended into the landscape nicely."




MONTANA, 1977.

Size: 16" x 20"

Barbara writes: "All the right ingredients: Steve, a beer, his truck and a beautiful landscape."




STEVE'S 1941 INDIAN BIKE.

Size: 16" x 20"

McQueen was a true aficionado of America's legendary motorcycle manufacturer, once driving 700 miles to view a rare 1915 model.

He built up a collection of around 120 classic bikes.




MOTORCYCLE MEET, MODESTO, CALIFORNIA .

Size: 16" x 20"

Steve is pictured with Charles 'Red' Wolverton (r.) and (l.) Sammy 'Mr Indian' Pierce. Sammy Pierce was full-time restorer to Steve's vintage bike collection. 'Red' Wolverton, a top racer from the 20s and 30s, was flown by Steve to be able to ride one of his former bikes in Steve's collection one last time.




STEVE AND BARBARA, PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY.

Size: 16" x 20"

Barbara and Steve ready to head off down the Pacific Coast Highway




STEVE, EARLY AM, SANTA PAULA AIRPORT.

Size: 16" x 20"

Steve was also a passionate flier of vintage planes. He managed the near impossible by persuading veteran ace pilot Sammy Mason (who had refused to teach novices) to take him on as a pupil.

Barbara's early morning shot captures his perennial effortless sense of style.




STEVE, SANTA PAULA AIRPORT.

Size: 16" x 20"

Whilst house-hunting in 1979, Steve and Barbara moved into his aircraft hanger for 6 months, complete with king-size bed, dining table and chairs.

Steve lavished attention (and wax polish) on his planes.




READY FOR TAKE OFF, SANTA PAULA AIRPORT.

Size: 16" x 20"

Barbara writes: "I think part of the attraction of flying for him was the ritual of dressing the part - Steve loved wearing the old fashioned goggles, jumpsuits and leather bomber jackets."




STEVE, COLORADO, 1977.

Size: 16" x 20"

Barbara writes: "The very first picture I took of Steve. The lighting was perfect with the sun behind his head, giving the photo an almost ethereal look."




STEVE, EARLY MORNING.

Size: 16" x 20"

Barbara writes: "He started out every moring in the same manner: he woke up around 8.30 or 9.00 am, had a cup of coffee and chased it down with a can of Old Milwaukee beer. And if there was any chocolate cake left over from the night before, he'd have a healthy slice of that as well."

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