About the Show
Director Jon Brewer unearths the fascinating story that was the undercurrent of film icon Steve McQueen’s favourite pastime and hidden talent, dirt bike racing, in this fast-paced biographical documentary narrated by Charley Boorman. The film explores McQueen’s obsession with speed and the invention of a racing bike, the Desert Racer, a by-product of his friendship with Bud Ekins, his stunt double on The Great Escape. Steve McQueen: Desert Racer boasts new and candid interviews with Steve's son Chad from his Malibu home. McQueen’s racing contemporaries John Cooper and Dave Ekins also contribute, with first hand stories featuring Steve McQueen in his happiest times. Now the Metisse motorbike designed by Steve and Bud Ekins is being re-created as a Limited Edition, handcrafted in the UK.