Two-part documentary in which Henry Cole goes on a road trip to California, to uncover the often surprising life of his personal hero. Steve McQueen was Hollywood's best-paid star, but motorbikes and racing, meant much more to him than acting. The documentary features previously unseen archive film and interviews with McQueen's family and friends, producing a fascinating portrait of a motorcycling icon.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Steve McQueen: Motorcycle Movie Star - Triumph TR6 Trophy - Netflix
The TR6 Trophy is a motorcycle that was made by Triumph, in Meriden, from 1956 to 1973, when it was replaced by the five-speed 750-cc Triumph Tiger TR7V. During this time, it was a successful model, particularly in the US. The competition variant, popularly known as the “desert sled”, won numerous competitions throughout the late 1950s and 1960s. The bike's appearance in The Great Escape and Steve McQueen's fondness for the model are well known.
Steve McQueen: Motorcycle Movie Star - Background - Netflix
The genesis of the model came with the introduction of the 650-cc Thunderbird Model in 1950. This was released to meet the demand for higher-capacity motorcycles, particularly from the United States, Triumph's largest export market. In 1954, the T110 model was introduced, a higher performance version of the Thunderbird. The success of these models and the 500-cc TR5 Trophy led to the creation of a 650-cc TR6 Trophy model. The TR6 was developed and produced specifically for the US market, in particular, California desert racing.
Steve McQueen: Motorcycle Movie Star - References - Netflix