Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

This Steve McQueen-Themed Car Rally Is a Vintage Lover’s Fantasy

Every year in June, the Friends of Steve McQueen enthusiast group holds a car show. This is the first year it has held a road rally beforehand—and what a trip it was. Dozens of vintage Porsches, Alfa Romeos, and other classics covered 70 miles along Southern California's most picturesque roads, all to benefit the school for wayward boys that McQueen had attended as a youth. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

  1. Keep It Clean

    Keep It Clean

    At the rally, an owner lovingly applies a Steve McQueen decal to a 1970 Porsche 911S coupe. Dozens of cars (including many of McQueen's favored Porsches) participated in the two-day drive from Malibu to Santa Barbara. Hundreds of people will attend the show June 4 in Chino Hills, Calif. 

  2. Long Shot of Road

    Long Shot of Road

    Not every car that participated in the rally was a Porsche. Here, a Datsun 1983 Z280 ZX drives through the fields near Camarillo, Calif. 

  3. Little Red Speedster

    Little Red Speedster

    A 1958 Porsche Speedster owned by Cheryl Dunkel and Peter Dunkel (not pictured) is prepared for the event. Porsche made the first Speedster in 1948, and it quickly became popular over the next decade. Early models cost less than $3,000. 

  4. Planes and Automobiles

    Planes and Automobiles

    The rally included multiple historic stops along the way. Here, a 1968 Porsche 911 sits on the tarmac in front of a PBJ-1 Mitchell bomber at the Camarillo Airport WWII Aviation Museum in California. 

  5. Orange Monster

    Orange Monster

    Another non-Porsche, or two: An orange 1970 Plymouth Barracuda convertible drives just ahead of a 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda hardtop during the rally. The redesign of 1970 proved the biggest year for that car, when it made both a coupe and convertible version. Production ended by 1975. 

  6. Come One, Come All

    Come One, Come All

    Flyers for the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show stand on a 1955 Porsche 356A 1600S Coupe. The two-day charity rally benefits the Boys Republic, which is an historic private school that works to assist at-risk youth in Southern California. Steve McQueen himself was an alumnus. 

  7. Line 'Em Up

    Line 'Em Up

    A red Datsun 1983 Z280 ZX (Number 48) stands on the tarmac of the Camarillo Airport WWII Aviation Museum. This was the first year for the rally, which was sponsored by Russo & Steele auctions.

  8. Through the Hills

    Through the Hills

    The rally took drivers right through Mulholland Highway, one of Los Angeles's most famous and beautiful two-lane byways. 

  9. Italian Persuasion

    Italian Persuasion

    The rally attracted cars and drivers from across the nation. Here, a 1965 Alfa Romeo GTA during a pit stop at the rally. 

  10. Through the Fields

    Through the Fields

    A 1955 Porsche 356A 1600S drives past farmworkers near Camarillo, Calif. The total drive was roughly 70 miles through some of California's most beautiful landscapes. 

  11. The First of an Era

    The First of an Era

    Here is a 1955 Porsche 356A 1600S. The lightweight, rear-wheel-drive luxury coupe was the first production automobile model that the modern Porsche company made. 

  12. On the Road and in the Air

    On the Road and in the Air

    Cars and a Stearman Model 75 aircraft stand on the tarmac of the Camarillo Airport WWII Aviation Museum during the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show Rally. McQueen had became a student at Boys Republic in 1946 at the age of 16; he credited the organization with turning his life around. 

  13. Cars for a Good Cause

    Cars for a Good Cause

    A 1970 Plymouth ’Cuda hardtop arrives at the Fess Parker hotel during the rally. For years before his death in 1980, McQueen gave money and time to the Boys Republic school, which was founded nearly a century ago and which now assists girls as well as boys who otherwise could be facing jail sentences.

  14. High Five

    High Five

    Driver Gareth Ashworth and passenger in a 1965 Alfa Romeo GTA during the rally. The racing Alfas were produced from 1965 to 1971. During early years they won multiple victories at the famous Autodromo Nazionale Monza racetrack near Milan, Italy. 

  15. Everyone Knows the Iconic 911

    Everyone Knows the Iconic 911

    A black 1970 Porsche 911S coupe, with slight modifications, waits for the others during Saturday at the rally. Early versions of this had between 123 and 180 horsepower, depending on the engine options and performance upgrades.