Sunday, August 8, 2010

On Any Sunday

Steve McQueen, the name brings back many memories of a real American movie hero. I especially remember a simple movie about riding motorcycles called On Any Sunday. Please bear with the commercials in this clip, it was the only one I could find. I saw this Bruce Brown film at a now extinct drive-in-movie theater many years ago in Tucson, Arizona. Although it wasn't The Great Escape, the movie struck a cord with me as being down home real and seeing McQueen as just another crazy guy riding motorcycles made the movie worth an Academy Award, at least to me.

I can't compare my life with The King of Cool, but we did have one thing in common; the love of getting in the wind on a motorcycle. Of course, I never raced because of a fear of dying on a lonely dirt track in the middle of nowhere, but I did find the courage to ride thousands of fantastic miles throughout America.

I think Steve was the first Hollywood notable to really collect vintage motorcycles as a participant in the sport. I believe he was an early-day Jay Leno of sorts, but no one collects like Leno! McQueen also supported motorcycle racing throughout his career until his untimely death in 1980.

Steve McQueen also raced cars and I will never forget the car chase in the movie, Bullitt, as long as I live. Now that was a car chase. Of course, I never raced cars either. Same fear, but different reason. I didn't want to go to jail for a maniac car race through downtown Tucson!

This Sunday I'm praying that Steve McQueen is riding free on a gloriously warm, sunny day in heaven with a wide smile, which was rarely seen during his life.

Write on,


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