Friends of Steve McQueen Car And Motorcycle Show
The Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show is an annual fundraiser. And the event is both hosted at and a benefit for, The Boys Republic in Chino Hills.
So, the Boys Republic is a school for troubled and at-risk youngsters. Since it’s founding in 1907 it’s helped more than 30,000 teenage boys and girls. Additionally, the late movie star Steve McQueen is an alumnus.
And this car show is one of iDriveSoCal’s favorites. Because our contributor, Clinton Quan, never misses it! So here’s his report from the show commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Steve McQueen’s famous movie Bullitt.
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June 6, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA
Friends of Steve McQueen – Annual Car And Motorcycle Show
Clinton: Every year for the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show, there is a theme, 2018 is the 50th anniversary of the movie Bullitt. It’s for a great cause, there’s a number of vehicles. I’ve never seen so many green Bullitt Mustangs before. Always at the Boys Republic. It’s the biggest car show out there in inland empire
Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here with our good pal, the professor, Mr. Clinton Quan. Say hello Clinton.
Clinton: Hi Tom.
Tom: Thank you so much for joining us again and my friend. We are covering, this is the inaugural coverage podcast of the Professor’s Awesome Auto Show June. The Professors Awesome Auto Show June. We’re excited to bring this month of June and awesome auto shows to you guys.
And in this first one that the Professor hit, he just shared something with me that I wasn’t aware of. So the first show is the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show.
And the significance of this one, and I did not know this, but most of us know Steve McQueen as the race car driver, movie star, motorcycle guy, Bullitt, the chase scene, whatnot.
Annual Boys Republic Fundraiser
But this event is at the Boys’ Republic in Chino Hills, which is a school for troubled kids that actually Steve McQueen himself attended. And this is a big annual fundraiser that they do. So, it’s all wrapped around the entire weekend to raise money for the troubled kids’ school.
But I didn’t know that tie in of the event, that was very cool. So professor, sorry to steal the thunder on that one, but I know you’re so focused on the cars themselves when you go to these shows oftentimes, that some of the sidebar things that it’s about, like, I’m like, dude, really? I didn’t know that. That’s really cool!
So that is a really cool thing. But so, the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show has been going on for how long?
Clinton: This is the 11th year for the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show.
Tom: Okay. And now Steve McQueen, the movie Bullitt it’s the 50th anniversary. So that was the theme of this year’s car show?
Clinton: Correct. So every year for the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show, there is a theme, and usually, there’s a movie that’s tied into the car show.
50th Anniversary Of Bullitt – Friends Of Steven McQueen Car Show
And this year, 2018 is the 50th anniversary of the movie Bullitt. And for those of you who have watched the movie, Bullitt, you know that is one of the greatest car chase scenes of all time. Whether you’re talking about a classic movie or a modern movie.
And if you look up the best car chase scenes, it doesn’t matter what list you look on, that’s usually in the top 10, if not the top five.
Tom: I think we talked about this before. I definitely have not seen the movie. And because I haven’t seen the movie-
Clinton: It is a must-see, just for the car chase.
Tom: Just for the car.
Clinton: Yeah, it’s that cool.
Tom: It’s on the to-do list. I’ll have to check, I think I have Netflix and Amazon Prime. Which neither are sponsors, by the way. But Netflix and Amazon Prime, I’m not sure if it’s on either.
And, I know the car chase is so iconic, because I don’t know, just living, breathing, and consuming media and whatnot. But I’ve seen the car chase in partially redone and commercials and stuff. I mean, I know it’s been around forever.
But I can’t be alone in not seeing the movie, but just kind of like knowing it from an arm’s length right?
Clinton: Oh, I’m sure, yeah. I’m sure there’s a lot of people who haven’t seen it either.
Tom Smith: So at any rate, it’s the 11th year for the overall event, yeah, the event, which is a two day event, right?
Clinton: Well, there’s a dinner on Friday night. But the car show is only on Saturday. So, that’s the big event, the car show.
Tom: But unlike some of these other car shows, this one is very affordable to get into. $10 to go in.
Clinton: $10 for adults and it’s free for kids.
Tom: And but then they’re raising money for the school for troubled kids. For the Boys Republic.
Tom: All around it, such as the dinner before. And then also a silent auction, and raffles and that kind of thing.
So I mean that’s I guess the thing that I really want to highlight here is that it’s for a really good cause.
Clinton: It’s for a great cause, and it’s the biggest event that they put on.
Tom: Sure, and that makes sense.
Clinton: During the year.
Tom: So, and it’s the 11th year, the 50th anniversary of Bullitt. Tell us about it. I saw, we just scrolled through some of the pictures. There are some really cool old antique motorcycles., an airplane even. Tell us about what else was there.
Car And Motorcycle Show
Clinton: Yeah, as you mentioned motorcycles. I didn’t take any other photos of motorcycles other than that one.
Tom: That one, okay. So if anybody’s going-
Clinton: But it is actually called a motorcycle show as well.
Clinton: And there are lots of motorcycles at the event.
Tom: Okay. And if you go to, iDriveSoCal.com and check out this post, this podcast’s posts, there will be one picture of a motorcycle.
Clinton: Well, I’m more into the cars. So I definitely took a lot of photos.
Tom: It was a cool motorcycle for sure.
Clinton: Yes it was. But my two favorite cars were definitely the Aston Martin DB5’s, and they were just absolutely gorgeous. So I took a number of photos of those two vehicles, and it was very close to the stage.
Tom: Your two favorite cars at the show.
Clinton: Yeah, they were both – same make and model.
Tom: Same year?
Clinton: Different colors. I don’t know, there wasn’t a sign there for it.
Tom: You really like to mix it up, huh?
Clinton: Yeah. So I don’t know if it was the exact same year. It could have been off by a year.
Eclectic Mix On Display
They were just absolutely gorgeous. And yeah. Aston Martin DB5. But there’s a number of vehicles. There are lots of Bullitt Mustangs. I’ve never seen so many green Bullitt Mustangs before.
A number of Porsches, new and classic Porsches, and a number of other vehicles. Audi R8, there’s Ferrari’s. So there’s a little bit of everything for everyone.
Tom: So it was a mix. It was the old, the new, the antique.
Clinton: Yeah. Oh, also movie cars. They had had the car from Knight Rider.
Tom: No kidding. That’s cool. Did it talk to you?
Clinton: It did talk, yes. It did say something, I can’t remember. I don’t remember exactly what it said, but yeah.
Tom: What else about this Friends of Steve McQueen 50th anniversary theme, 11th anniversary of the actual event?
Clinton: Yeah. It’s the 11th year.
Tom: 50th anniversary of the Bullitt theme. 11th anniversary of this particular event.
Clinton: Yes. So there’s also the big raffle drawing which they do every hour, almost throughout the entire show. Well, let’s see, I think it was 9:00 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00.
Tom: And it’s for a really, really good cause.
Clinton: Yes. It’s for a really good cause. So they sell a lot of raffle tickets. They also have a huge silent auction in the tennis court.
And my son got the Marvel Avengers gift pack. So he was super excited about that. And that’s always a big part of the event, the silent auction.
Tom: So that’s the 11th annual Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show. Next year will be the 12th annual, and as the professor pointed out, it is the first week of June.
Clinton: Yes. First Saturday of June.
Tom: The first Saturday in June. And obviously always at the Boys Republic because-
Clinton: Always at the Boys Republic.
Tom: Because it’s raising money for that very, very good cause. I didn’t know that.
Friends Of Steven McQueen – Inland Empire’s Biggest Car Show
Clinton: It’s the biggest car show out there in the Inland Empire, Chino, Chino Hills, San Bernardino County.
Tom: And this one will have some pics of Clinton and his son as well.
Tom: And you will see that they’re in a t-shirt, jeans, and ball caps. So not every car show that Clinton goes to he has a suit or sport coat on with a Fedora, or writing cap of some sort.
Clinton: Well this is not a concord show. So it’s not a competition of elegance.
Tom: Hey, you got to dress appropriately.
Clinton: Yes. I dress for the car show.
Tom: You gotta love that about the professor. Okay, Clinton Quan, the professor. Thank you so much, as always. That was our inaugural podcast on the this is our First Annual Professor Quan’s Awesome Automotive Show June.
Tom: Might have to work on that a little bit. For iDriveSoCal, I’m Tom Smith. Thank you for listening.