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|Original Article by Matt Stone|
The Friends of Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle Show Returns
This is an historic, wonderful, and important place that’s been changing
the lives of wayward teens for more than a century.
Don’t know much about “BR?”
The story is worth learning, and you can get the whole skinny at
The car and bike show weekend is dedicated to the enjoyment of the
participants and spectators, and foundationally to raise funds in benefit
of the school, which is largely self-funded.
The school staff, and many of the resident students take an active
role in presenting and operating the event, including preparing and
serving most of the food for the dinner and other aspects of the weekend.
After BR student Steven T. McQueen graduated from the school,
joined the military, and became for a time the world’s most famous movie
star, he often visited the school, just to meet with and talk to the kids
to help them understand how important it was to be educated, learn the
notions of hard work and teamwork – he’s often quoted saying that without
his experience at Boys Republic, he’d have surely been found dead in a
gutter somewhere. He also
supported the school in considerable financial ways during his adult life.
The Steve McQueen Car and bike show previously enjoyed a run of 13
successful events, up to and including 2019.
You can guess of course what happened in 2020.
Vowing to return, the event kept its eye on guidelines and
protocols for large outdoor events, and after a reschedule or two,
calendared its usual June weekend of events for the first weekend of
October. All heads were
shaking up and down (the show committee, sponsors, entrants, assorted
health rules makers) so the Boys Republic School leadership pulled the
trigger, and as if nothing had ever changed, it all just happened the
weekend of October 1-3. A
massive outdoor fundraising dinner, and a colorful, varied, well attended,
and much enjoyed car and motorcycle show came off virtually hitch free at
the rambling school campus where Steve McQueen lived, learned, and grew up
as a young teen in the 1940s.