Steve McQueen: The Legend Lives On
On March 24th we are celebrating a day which would be the 85th birthday of Steve McQueen: the actor and motorcycling legend that inspired a collection for Barbour International.
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A true icon for motorcycling culture, Steve McQueen has long inspired the Barbour International brand - with a continuous collection showcasing his legacy each season. With 24th March marking what would be his 85th birthday; we are celebrating the life of a legend who shaped the popularity of Barbour International.
Although McQueen leapt to fame as an actor in some of the biggest movies in Hollywood, he was well known for his love of adrenaline filled sports – in particular motorcycle racing.
“I’m not sure if I’m an actor who races or a racer who acts” – Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen’s association with Barbour dates back to 1964, when he famously raced in one of the most iconic off road motorcycling events of the time: the International Six Days Trial. On route to the trials (which were held in East Germany) McQueen and the rest of the US motorcycling team stopped off in London to pick up a Barbour International Suit for the race. A race that required each rider to cover 200 miles a day, the ISDT was noted as one of the most challenging in the world. Steve McQueen and the US team were among the first to recognise the waxed Barbour International Suit as the best defence against the huge amounts of rain and mud encountered during the race.
With Steve McQueen an idolised figure worldwide, the Barbour International suit became almost standard choice for many racers over the years – with 70% of participants wearing Barbour International during one year.
With the success of the International Six Days Trial as inspiration, in 2011 we combined McQueen’s effortlessly cool style with the spirit of Barbour International to launch the first Steve McQueen Collection. The collection has continued each season and is now in its 5th year of acting as tribute to one of our most famous and influential fans.
“THE GREASY HANDS PREACHERS”
After a successful world premiere at the 2014 San Sebastian International Film Festival, “The Greasy Hands Preachers” makes it’s worldwide debut. Belstaff is proud partner of the documentary film, executively produced by Orlando Bloom. The film explores a modern day return to manual work through the passion of motorcycle enthusiasts around the world, shot entirely on Super 16mm.
WATCH THE FULL FILM NOWShot across California, Utah, Indonesia, Spain, Scotland and France, filmmakers Clement Beauvais and Arthur de Kersauson capture mechanics and custom shop founders as they try to understand the difference between manual and intellectual work. “The Greasy Hands Preachers” explores the unique satisfaction that results from doing something tangible, the sense of time, the relation between the form and the function, the joy of riding in a beautiful landscape and the community and friendship that motorcycle creates. For that, Belstaff is honoured to support and represent such a passionate and free-spirited collective.