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August ,22nd, 2016
David Redhead has a McQueen dummy at the wheel

Of course not during driving, but with his group of famous movie car replica owners he is quite often in the centerspot of interest at big car shows.
This time he suprised the crowd again at a
Buster Lang American Car Show in Sandown/UK with his McQueen dummy at the wheel.
The date was 13/14th. August and many visitors will certainly remember "HIM".

July 2nd, 2016
Lalo Schiffrin would have composed it this way these days

The modern touch applied to his Bullitt movie music was certainly not intended by the composers today, rather trying to avoid licencing issues, but it is a remarkable interpretation and very well done with the new Zagato Vanquish.

Somehow even the car would fit in a more elegant casino version and could be a good successor in the right colour - dark highland green.

Check this video out and judge yourself, it they hit the right tune. Turn the volume up to enjoy both the music, the engine sound, the landscape and the composing of it. Very well done.

May 26th, 2016
The weekend around May 13th, 2016 saw the first Steve McQueen rally 2016
Every year in June, the Friends of Steve McQueen put on a Friday night dinner followed by a Saturday car show. This past May 2016 was the first year road rally to raise money and awareness of the "Boy's Republic Car Show" in June .
Cars of many makes and models made the travel through Southern California's most picturesque roads, all to benefit the school for wayward boys that McQueen had attended as a youth.

The inaugural rally left Malibu and headed through Malibu Canyon.  Then in the afternoon on the road again for a scenic drive to Ojai and Lake Casitas before arriving at Fess Parker Doubletree by Hilton Resort in Santa Barbara for dinner and overnight lodging. The second day ended in Solvang and the Santa Ynes District, returning in the afternoon to Santa Barbara.

The first planned stop from the rally was at theommemorative Airforce Museum"Commemorative Airforce Museum where participants could park amongst vintage aircraft. Chad McQueen dropped in to say hi and show his appreciation for the participants contributing to the Boys Republic cause.


 May 25th, 2016
A talent agency called hat a photographer was coming  to San Francisco looking for
Muscle Cars for a 2017 car calendar project.

The agency informed us that the photographer was interested in the 1968 Charger but nothing etched in stone. Frank and I made tentative plans to participate in the "Boy's Republic" first rally" weekend of May 13, 2016 bring down the 68' Charger to Southern Calif.

As, the weeks went by, the agency called back that the photo shoot may include the Bullitt Mustang. The calls went silent, now we had no clue if it was still on or the project might have been scraped.  Finally, Frank gets the call that we have been waiting for and was informed that the Bullitt car was to be used and how quickly can you get to the location under the Golden Gate Bridge,Fort Point, Monday afternoon during the 5 o'clock commute traffic?

Well, the location had to be changed at the last minute because of the sunset and we ended  across and under  the north tower of Fort Cronkite.  

It was amazing watching the talent from model to the  photographer as the day light was leaving and dusk was approaching.

 Reported byAnthony Bologna

Update: And here is the final result - May 2017 shows the selected scene.


Frank's Bullitt Mustang has seen a lot but this one put's a smile on it's grill
May 22nd, 2016

Frank's Panacci's Bullitt Mustang was chosen to be in the 2016 Neiman Marcus Fall Catalog.

The photo shoot location took place early morning in the Marin Highlands north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

 We meet world renown photographer Kyle Gustafsson and supermodel Clement Chabernaud At times, we could see a resemblance of Steve McQueen that was captured by the different outfits or by the way he looked behind the wheel. 

As, the Mustang was being set up on its mark for the photographer and models, the Bullitt car was getting a lot of distraction and attention from the crew and onlookers As we chatted through out the day I learned that Clement spoke many languages besides English. So, we spoke Italian which is my first language and we became piasani's  (Italian for friends). What a down to earth guy.


Wardrobe changes were interesting. It took 3 assistance to get him in and out and into another set of cloths within minutes. If the garments or items were oversized, the assistant would pin it up out of camera sight. The weather that day was in the upper 80's and wearing winter cloths was not fun for Clement, the make up artist had to adjust not to show the sweat


Kyle was awesome with his vision through the lens of what the client wanted.

He couldn't wait, when it was time to change photo shoot location, so that he would be in the passenger seat of the Bullitt car. 


March 19th, 2016
When you read this here first time, you have missed it .
A one time memorabilia was on the market in late 2015 and caused quite some noise amongst the movie insiders.
One of the original movie licence plates mounted on the actual Bullitt Mustang changed hands and the deal included a set of never seen eye witnesses prints from the filming in SFO.  The set changed hands for 10.000 Dollar US in London/UK. The lucky owner now just has to join it with the real surviving car...somehow.

March 4th, 2016
June 4th, 2016 will see again the Boys Republic Steve McQueen Show
About 8000 visitors could see 400 classic cars last year and have a lot of fun.

Over 1 million Dollar could be raised in the past year for the Boys Republic school, so make sure you get a pass this year in registering on their website until May 1st, 2016 in order to join the spectacular show.

This year, the show will feature a “911 BR” project car, to be financed and developed by supporters of Boys Republic. The air-cooled, 1980 classic 911 will be restored and auctioned at a later date, with all proceeds to benefit the school.
February 9th, 2016
For replica owners, who want an extra step of detailing, a new version of the genuine Secura Wheel S7MS-3600 is now available, a so called Corso Feroce branded 1967 GT350 and GT500 Shelby replica wheel with officially licenced horn buttons.
The wheel sells for roundabout 300 plus the hornbutton of roughly 200 and an adapter ring extra. It is available from Scrott Drake dealers.
It looks good and if Scott Drake does it, it should be pretty good enough for the extra touch of Bullitt feeling with a leather wrap over the wooden ring anyway except for the proper stamping. At least they will remain recognizable for later owners.
A side to side comparison of a NOS wheel, the Drake wheel and the european reproduction from Switzerland is available in the SAAC forum.
December 27th, 2015
Once and then we learn about  one being for sale.
This 302 powered Bullitt replica is now in Surrey/UK.
TJ wants to sell it for the price of 54.000 Pound Sterling. TJ informs us that the last 2 sold Bullitt replicas (one with automatic gear and dark moss green) also went for prices above 50.000 there, so we'll see.
If you want to get in touch, pass us a line or two with a reason why you are seriously interested.

November 25th, 2015
Frank Panacci passed away at the age of 91.
We received this obituary from Anthony Bologna.
Frank was a respected navy, police and community member and reveived multiple awards during his life.
We all know him from playing a role in the Bullitt movie and becoming a friend of Steve McQueen. He retired in 1981 from the police service and enjoyed aside from his family another car life since then.
Rest in peace. Frank and we are with his family these days.

November 7th, 2015
is the VIN of the Bullitt replica used in the latest Blue Bloods episode 7 of season 6 aired on Nov. 6th. It was completely rebuilt in 4 years by the owner, a 390 was built in and many details done very accurately from a true movie enthusiast... and not left alone on the film set for one second.  Even if it meant waiting until 5.a.m. in the morning one night.

The car is now on ebay.

Tom Selleck plays in the episode, where two cops find the last owner of the surviving Bullitt Mustang, a fictionary story, as we all know, but good for the mystery to be kept further down the road. Anthony Edwards plays that owner Owen Cairo in the Blue Bloods sequence.
October 12th, 2015
Not news, but if you ever wanted to see an idea for a more modern street race in the Bullitt style this is a nice made animation by an enthusiast "dunky 1994" based on the GTA5 game and its editor.

Have fun and take your time in watching it here
September 30th, 2015
Neiman Marcus is a fashion retailer and C. Robinson Productions produced a new commercial starring a Bullitt Mustang from Frank Panacchi...and well some actors dressed out to promote "the Art of Fashion" on the occasion of Neimans new Fashion book in October 2015.
"The Nights in White Satin" from the Moody Blues seems to be the right music with it, but it also causes some youtube sites outside of the US to block it for licencing reasons, so if you want to see it, browse for proper IP download tools considering your local laws:-)

If you are in the US, visit this link

Photo courtesy C.Robinson Productions
August 26th, 2015
Can you picture the serious background of this one?
Actually this is an early raw dummy for a superdetailed new green car that can be driven against a black car in a scenery that many of us might link to a famous movie scene.
Got the message?
If not, stay tuned. This is going to be a real exciting effort of people that love the theme, doing these things and are top notch professionals in their related digital world. First class technology is applied to make this happening. We are following it for almost a half year and it is slowly shaping up. Might come up in 2017.

Picture courtesy N.B.
July 26th, 2015
Sad news from Hollywood
Bullitt actor, Al Checco, who played the Desk Clerk at the Hotel Daniels, died last week...told us Mike Farrell.

Sorry to hear, another genuine person of the famous movie has passed.

July 4th, 2015
Television Motion Picture Car Club’s sixth annual Fourth of July car show at CBS Studio Center is half Hollywood, half local car show and half fireworks. If that’s three halves that’s only because it’s about 50 percent more fun than your typical hot-rod and muscle-car hoedown.

The TMPCC show is held in conjunction with Studio City’s Fourth of July Fireworks Festival, an event that includes live music by Deana Carter, magic shows, strolling pirates, model airplanes, cool cars and, just before it all ends, fireworks.

More information:


June 29th, 2015

Automotive  and motorcycle enthusiasts flocked to Boys Republic in Chino Hills, California on June 6 to attend the 8th Annual Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show.
Many motorcycles,race cars custom cars  lined the football and baseball field.


This year’s theme revolved around director Bruce Brown’s 1971 documentary film “On Any Sunday,” in which actor Steve McQueen appeared.


Friday night quests enjoyed wine and sampled hors d’oeuvres at a reception that included silent auction items. Then we adjourned to the campus gym to dine on steak and prawns, a meal planned, prepared and served by Boys Republic students.


Dave Kunz, ABC7 Eyewitness News Automotive SpecialistTelevision personality was the master of ceremony ...Matt Rogers took to the podium to chant a rousing live auction, raising nearly $115,000 for the school.


The car and motorcycle show took center stage on Saturday with an array of cars, motorcycles, vintage trucks. Every year the car entries gets bigger as word is getting out that this is the "Shows of Shows". Tours of the campus were ongoing and for those seeking a bird’s eye view of the campus ,glider rides circled lazily overhead. Motocross exhibitions took place all day long on a track constructed specifically for the show.


Mecum Auctions was on hand with a display of McQueen’s 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo. The vehicle will serve as the headline offering at the Mecum Monterey Auction in August, with a portion of the proceeds donated to Boys Republic by the seller.


Steve McQueen movie “Bullitt” displayed many  “Bullitt" cars from The Southern California Bullitt Club. 


 Many new vendors on Saturday's car show circled the track field with car collection artifacts and great food. This year a booth of baked goods by Boys Republic students at their own teaching bakery was a big seller.


“The sold out Friday night fundraiser dinner, live and silent auction will help the school toward the construction of the new culinary training kitchen.”


Over the past eight years, the car and motorcycle show has raised more than $1 million dollars, with the this year being over the mark from last years


The trophies awards were constructed by the students from car parts that were donated. They were on display on the the dinner tables as a center piece for all to see.


“The Friends of Steve McQueen Car show has McQueen passions, one being the Boys Republic, the other being cars and motorcycles.


 Special thanks to Ron Harris,Chad McQueen, Peter Dunkel and their tireless staff and volunteers that make this show every year look effortless and successful




Mecum Auctions was on hand with a display of McQueen’s 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo for auction In August. With a portion of the proceeds going to the Boys Republic.
From left: Frank, Model, Greg and Anthony.

At the fundraiser dinner - tropies made out of carparts

I was out bid on the Triumph Bonneville at the silent auction

June 4th, 2015
We got  more feedback on the special American Racing rims  and more from David Redhead/UK.

Readers of this site may remember him from the sequel he wrote and photographed as a suggestion and his 2014 Silverstone 50th commercial appearance with his mates Charger.

David is the utter Bullitt maniac from the UK, if not Europe, but there are many ways of being a Bullitt maniac of course.

David studied every detail and collects whatever comes his way about our famous movie and chase scene. A huge collection of Then and Now items is now in his hands.

In this case of one of the mysteries also.  David seems to have had all the luck in obtaining a close to original set of AR rims for his replica. Check out the shape of the AR spokes on the right and read more.
May 25th, 2015
Mississipi is the place where dreams come true!
Not only Huck Finn had a dream back then of escaping the narrow roads of a daily life, Barry and Mary Ellis from MS thought one day about expansion of their horizon with the McQueen spirit and are now part of the Bullitt replica owner gang over here at the Bullitt Enthusiast site.

Read more about their dream car that enriches their life these days. It is our 37th. US Bullitt Mustang replica registered in over 22 years.

May 7th, 2015
One of the last Bullitt mysteries solved! The Paint, the Dings and the Dents.

David Kunz met at a recent L.A. car show Lee Brown. Does not sound spectacular? Think again.

Lee turned out to be the guy who turned two the brandnew Mustangs into the Bullitt movie cars.
Max Balchowski did all the mechanics, but Lee from Precision Auto Body in Hollywood was responsible for the look and feel of the cars - McQueen style.

Read about the history making bits that might stir up all Bullit maniacs to go out and think about their replica luster and straight bodywork again. Now you will learn how to do it right.

Read more
April 26th, 2015
Bullitt in the Sands

Big Muscle tested a 1968 DHG Mustang in Middle East.
Nice video online

Check it out
April 22nd, 2015
There is a long-running question about which reproduction wheels are exactly like the ones on the Bullitt movie car.
The answer seems to be: neither. Using some of the more recently-discovered close-up still shots of the front wheel of the car, and doing a bit of research on sites that detail the history of aftermarket wheels, it seems that the American Racing wheels on McQueen’s car were the Torq Thrust D. However, the versions made in the 1960s were different than the modern reproductions.

Developed originally for the Corvette when it received disc brakes in 1965, the design of the Torq Thrust D featured a hub that was placed farther out from the centerline of the rim, and spokes that curved inward toward the rim at their outer portion.

That’s the key – the modern Torq Thrust D wheel has spokes that are more of a constant radius. The irony is that, supposedly, Mustangs with disc brakes didn’t need the D version of the wheel; only the Corvettes did. But for whatever reason, a set of Torq Thrust D wheels were fitted to the movie car.

With that, it seems that not many of those wheels were produced. Looking through sites that specialize in vintage wheels, it seems that when you do run across the vintage D wheels, they’re with the GM bolt pattern, and pretty much never the correct 5 x 4.5 for a Ford Mustang.

Above is a picture of a vintage Torq Thrust D wheel on a 1967 Corvette I saw recently at a show. Many took pictures of these rims. Perhaps Corvette people are trying to convince American Racing to reproduce the original wheel design. Even if they do, they wouldn’t fit a Mustang, obviously.

On the left  is the original movie car wheel just for comparison.

March 6th, 2015
Ever dreamt of watching an extended chase scene of the Bullitt Movie?
Dustin H. recommends to watch this new Archer episode clip

If you have little time jump the commercial and along the timeline to minute 9.50 and watch until about minute 18. That should be plenty of hairraising action.

The attention to details in the scenes is amazing, georgious and outstanding Americans would say. We in Europe would say "Wow", well something like that.., :-)

A brief quote from Ashley Burns interview:
"As Archer’s production designer and art director Neal Holman explained, there is really no greater car chase scene to work with."

February 25th, 2015
Supporting the Chino based Boys Republic invitation
Come join us for a car and motorcycle show in remembrance of Steve McQueen and in support of Boys Republic; a school dedicated to troubled teens. The event takes placeJune 06, 2015.
This year’s event is themed from the movie 
On Any Sunday and will feature special touches based on the classic film.

Participants can register beginning Jan. 01, 2015.

Would you like to donate a prize to the raffle?

Please download the donation slip here
January 8th, 2015
Limited Bullitt artwork
It seems that whereever I go, I stumble over Bullitt stuff. This is the fine artwork of Nicholas Watts. 50 of these limited prints are available for roundabout 175 Pound Sterling in UK or 495 Dollar in the US as far as I understood it. Wether this was the original, I can't say. Looks good with the framed signatures and comment.

I think it is not new on the market, as I recall some previous information, but anyway this is a nice to have collector item for sure.

Pictured at the Interclassics exhibition.

December 28, 2014
Andrew Abbey finished his Bullitt.
In March 14 we got a pre-information and now Andrew got the final touches done proudly displaying it at the Keels & Wheels  that was hosted at the Lakewood Yacht Club. Correct JJZ 109 licence plate of course attached.

I will add more pictures to a new replica subpage soon.
November 16th,
Americarna features true American icons.
One of the best known around the world is certainly the Bullitt Mustang and Steve McQueen driving it.

Velocitys video series Americarna will feature very soon our favourite Mustang.
Stay tuned for the announcement, unless WB licensing makes the project a no-show.

Update Dec. 2014: No more mentioning on their website. Hmmm, they might have got into trouble with WB licensing?

October 31st, 2014
The Autoworld Expo in Bruxelles/Belgium hosted a nice display set-up of a 1968 (o.k. 1967 instead), 2001 and 2008 Bullitt for movie afacinados.

Aside from that a Goldfinger white 1965 convertible replica, a 1967  Fast and Furious clone and an Eleanor was displayed.

September 25th, 2014
Mark Johnson from Queensland/ Australia
finished his project just now after a period of roughly 19 month. He approaced us first in February 2013.
Mark is our 5th registered Bullitt replica from down under. Not too bad, but still not enough down there. 

See his RHD Bullitt replica now here
September 19th, 2014
Ever heard about the BULLITT DOLLY?
Without one guy the movie Bullitt would not have been a big success, frankly spoken.

That is camera operator Gaylin Schultz. In his own circles of camera operators he got an award for the best camera operator of mobile equipment in the year 2000. In 2008 year he passed away in his age of 82.

But it took a few more years to e-print some of his pictures in a new book on the most famous camera operators. James C. Udel compiled details and pictures on several pages in his new book. Availabable as an e-book for 15.95 you can  download it at their website.

Our recommendation:
Worth to read the details about the rock-solid Bullitt Dolly invented by Gaylin, that only made the film sequences possible inside the car without any wobbling.
See also a bigger part of the Gaylin Schultz interview on
James video hotspot.

August 8th, 2014
What's the next best thing to riding the original Bullitt Mustang?
We think driving with Dave Kunz in his 390 GT Bullitt replica is one of those options.

Although he did not caught the idea of  Fireball Tims challenge for doing a jump, the dialogue along the route reveals some particulars.
Watch this 11 minutes video and get close up to an absolute car nut, who was a regular shop window "sticker" at the Barris Kustom garage, has probably one of the biggest 70ies car chase movie collections and learn some more, how it is to get paid for a reporter job and not being paid for regular car show moderations, both offering the biggest fun in his life.

Click here
August 7th, 2014
We finally received via Allan Spencer the original digitized material of the sequence of the Dodge Dart May 2013 commercial, where Frank Panaccis Charger played a major role. Anthony Bologna and Frank helped the filmmakers from back then to create an exciting movie sequence that captured the spirit of 1968.

Watch it here on our youtube channel.

See also our old Behind the scenes report from May 2013 on the next page of our news further down, if you are not a longtime Bullittnews-Reader.
August 1st, 2014
Silverstone Classics was a blast says Geoffrey from the Flanders based website.
He visited Silverstone and reports of the exciting 50th Mustang anniversary there.

We would like to pick his shot with the Dodge Charger and Ford Mustang Bullitt replicas from David Redhead and his mate Chris.
A cool event in the hot summer.
Thank you all for keeping your eyes open for us, dear reporters. Geoffreys report is linked on our main News page 
July 14th, 2014
Chad McQueen
visited Le Mans Classic in July 2014 in France to celebrate with Ford France the movie Le Mans. He prepared a documentary on his fathers famous Le Mans filming already since January with a UK based company. In February they visited already Siegfried Rauch in Germany for one of the interviews that will appear in the documentary movie. Other genuine guys will be David Piper and Derek Bell amongst others.

Chad was filmed in Le Mans "walking the  track". Aside from a visit to the Mustang open air cinema during LMC and driving in one of the Mustang parade cars the famous circuit itself and night action was for sure a big highlight. Stay tuned for the interesting movie project early 2015. The right have been already sold to a number of known outlets.
July 7th, 2014
Steve McQueens 1966 Ferrari 275GTB/4 gets under the hammer at the R/M auction mid August.

It is worth to mention here, since it seems to have made its first more important"movie site" appearance during the filming of BULLITT.

We don't know wether Steve took it for a jump in SFO,but at least he may have tried to do so.
If anybody has another shot of it being on the scene, just send us a note and of course the picture. It is a dark red one (not the typical Ferrari red).

R/M expects 9 to 12 million Dollar for it. My personal guess is about 7, but don't ask me why.


A big thank you to Director of the Boys Republic Chris Burns, Car show committees Ron Harris, Chad McQueen ,Peter Dunkel and the many many volunteers in front and behind the scenes.

The Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show took place on June 6-7, 2014 at the Boys Republic of Chino Hills, California. The event celebrate “The Thomas Crown Affair"
Report by Anthony Bologna

Frank with his wife Jan, Don  and myself left San Francisco early Friday morning towing the 68 Charger to help celebrate the the big event with Southern California Bullitt Mustang's Chapter which was coordinated and arranged by Michael O'donnell.

Over 400 beautifully displayed cars and motorcycles covered the football and baseball field  The original 1967 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow two-door sedan and 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4S NART Spider used in “The Thomas Crown Affair” made their presence felt throughout on Friday's event. Friday night’s celebration feature no host cocktails with sampling the many delights.
Followed by a Lobster dinner on the football field. Dinner was prepared and served in style  by students of the Boys Republic. Over 500 dinners were served by the in house catering department class that the students were so involved. 

The emceed for the evening was Matt Stone automotive author and expert which  include a silent auction, and a high-energy live auction. 

Saturday's Awards MC was David Kunz from KABC Channel 7  Bruce Meyers, creator of the legendary Meyers Manx, the dune buggy that became an icon of pop culture,” was on display.

The Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show has experienced steady growth and increasing popularity  by the array of more than 300 classic cars and nearly 100 motorcycles at the 2013 show. Waves of attendees perused the grounds, enjoying up close and personal views of collectible cars and motorcycles. Last year’s event donated over $210,000 to the Boys Republic, established in 1907 as a private, non-profit community for at-risk teens.We hope this year was a bigger success. 

Alumnus Steve McQueen attended from 1947-49 and credited the school with pointing him on the path to success. McQueen never forgot and was a frequent visitor, even after he became a Hollywood star and legend. The McQueen family continues that involvement.

June 6th, 2014
Time for a review of Art Hydes speech at the Charlotte event from April 19th.

He dropped silently a bomb talking about the Bullitt there in his session. To make it widely known to the broader audience, see my video report of a sequence of his speech.
Watch here
May 25th, 2014
Looks like a very well done Bullitt replica?

Well, yes it is somehow derive since being a 67 and just has right color and licence plate duplicate, but with the extra fun factor to have a FASTback for the FAST rides and a CONVertible for the CONVenient rides. .
John built this BULLITT Special with 43.000 Dollar invested as he states.
The ebay auction is just now at 25.000, reserve of course not met.

Have a look at the extraordinary work.
May 16th, 2014
THE MAKING OF the Silverstone Bullitt Commercial  
from one of the drivers himself here exclusively on
David Redhead explains the story and why a sequel should be done by the GOOSECommunications Ltd. production company.

Follow this link

Thanks to Silverstone Classic.
May 8th 2014
This is the best Bullitt remake movie
after the original scene done in 1968 I have ever seen. Thanks to David Redhead and his mate Chris this outstanding 50th Mustang  Silverstone/UK celebration movie was done. Check it out and be prepared for hairrising scenes.

There will be over a 1000 classic cars racing and lots of entertainment at Silverstone July 25-27th 2014.

Follow this link:

The film is only about 3 minutes although it took all day to shoot and then the production company under Luke Wigley must have worked all night to produce the superb finished article ready for the media event the following day.

Right: David and Chris did some good clothing shots a few weeks back already. See a teaser here.

Silverstone 50th Bullitt movie

Chris (Steve McQueen) who owns the Charger and I  had a very enjoyable three day stay at Silverstone, day 1 - preparing the cars and fitting cameras. Day 2-  the shoot and day 3 - the Media Day.
David Redhead


I’m sure you will enjoy the film

David Redhead Bullitt Clothing shooting

April 17th
American Idol features Mustangs
This past weekend
before Easter, my car was part of a television commercial for American Idol and the 2015 Mustang. It was filmed in Griffith Park, site of many movies, including the famous scene at the observatory in “Rebel Without a Cause” starring James Dean. The seven finalists are up on a hill talking about Mustangs and what they like about them.

Not sure if it will air during the actual broadcast, or during a commercial break. Ford has been a big sponsor of American Idol since it began. I have to imagine that there will be clips of the spot posted online.


American Idol Mustang group

The producers and Ford had on hand:
A 1965 convertible; 1966 Shelby GT350; 1968 GT fastback in Bullitt trim (mine); 1970 Boss 302; and 1971 Mach 1. Oddly, someone at Ford insisted I put the grill trim back on the car, much as I was asked to do during the filming of the Ford Puma commercial years ago. I guess Ford wants their branding on the car, even if it means deviating from the true look of the Bullitt Mustang. They had one of the singers posing outside and in the driver’s seat of each Mustang, and a young guy named Sam Woolf from Florida was with mine. Appropriately, he was wearing some very McQueen-esque sunglasses. Naturally I told him that I hope he becomes the eventual winner!

April 2nd,2014
Bullitt replica on sale

From time to time we get inquiries for Bullitt replicas on sale.
This is one for 69500 Euro which was on display a te recent Techno Classica in Essen/Germany. Onlookers told us, it was in a very good shape and most probably worth the money. Well done. on request. Not sure if it is already sold.
March 28th, 2014
David Trap did this nice piece of artwork.

And it is not a trap, in fact Cars by Trap is the place to look for, if you like it.
Saratoga Mustang Show BULLITT REPLICA in New York for a special 50th. Anniversary Mustang Car show at the Saratoga Automobile Museum.

Will last a period from June 15th into November 2014.
Picture needed. Where are you guys?

March 1st, 2014
Andrew Abbey presents his new Bullitt replica

They are still doing final work on the car, but here you see a teaser.
The car was red originally, so it went through quite some transformation.
Well done and we'll wait for it.

Update: Jan 2015 - Finished
February 2014
The McQueen Bullitt Feinstein picture show
A decade ago or more, I searched for Mel Traxel, who was on site during the Making of our favourite movie. Not knowing that he died around 2000, these days he gets his fame again.
How could we have missed this one? Pointed to it through our friend Guillaume Vesnat from Heritage Mustangs, we found out about a recent photographic show of the outstanding pictures of Mel Traxel/Barry Feinstein, who were friends of McQueen and took pictures of him during the late 60ies.

More important for us, they preserved unseen pictures of the Making of the Bullitt chase scenes in April 1968. Contact sheets of Mel Traxels pictures are available at RAP for quite some amount.  The more interesting ones are gone by now, but the pics itself will certainly pop up more often now.

On right we see Steve McQueen and most probably Bill Hickman behind him with the final stunt scene Mustang at the Guadeloupe Canyon Way.
More pictures that have never been published in the new book available on amazon or from

Video of the London Soho show in January 2014

David Redhead displayed his and his mates cars at the Custom Factory display on the upper level of a parking house in Soho/London. The best shots of Barry Feinsteins new McQueen "Unseen" book were on display there.
February 20th, 2014
When filming a car in action in a movie, brake lights or continously flashing turn indicators can be a pain to the production team. Especially in a stunt drive like in BULLITT, these things would kill an otherwise good looking  sequence. Typically they remove simply the bulbs. When a car is driven on public roads however, the bulbs may have to be activated. Such a device was obviously used in the BULLITT Mustang(s).
The Blueray version revealed this set-up at the left side of the steering column.
Glen Kalmack came to the conclusion that he had to reproduce this device for his replica. See the resemblance of both devices back in 1968 and now in Glens car.
January 18th, 2014
Movie Screen Heroe BULLITT leads the 50th Anniversary Parade

The Pacecar of the first european 50th Anniversary Car Show - what better Mustang could it be than a 1968 original S-Code from Belgium.
This one was the center piece of a Mustang Big Screen Heroes Special Display arranged by the Belgium Mustang and Cougar Club and Adelbert from THE MUSTANG GARAGE. Almost every bypassing visitor at the Interclassics in Maastricht knew this Mustang was once driven by Steve McQueen. The recognition of this icon is very high amongst classic car enthusiasts.
The Interclassics drew last year 22.000 visitors and is expecting to grow  even more.

See more pics in our Bullitt replica collection.

See a short video I took while a local WDR TV team was there to report about the 5 Movie Screen Heroes from BULLITT, THUNDERBALL, GISS 1972 and 2000 plus DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER and not to forget the white convertible from GOLDFINGER. This was a great starter for the many 50th Anniversaries to come. Thanks to Adelbert and the BMCC team members. (Sorry for the missing tone.)
Jan 17th, 2014
Our enthusiasts club member Scott Allnut notified us that at yesterdays Bonhams auction in Scottsdale the Gateway Classic Mustang built Bullitt replica of Chad McQueen fetched 88.000 Dollar plus buyers fees. There are interesting pics of the 1968 reproduction Manufacturer tags on the Bonhams site.
His 2008 Bullit #0001 fetched 49.500 plus fees.  Seems the other 2 lots (jacket and screenplay) were not sold.
Jan 14th, 2014
The Grandfather/Grandson thing

Robert bought this very nice 1968 in 2009 and restored it with his grandson until the end of 2013. Austin was so thankful enough to write us.

"You guys seem to have a great club with true enthusiasts of Bullitt Mustangs and we would love to have our car on the website."
Well, done, Austin.

Now live in the US replica section 
Jan 4th, 2014
When it comes to Bullitt artwork, of course individual taste is different, but for some reason it used to be somewhat focussed on the car and McQueen only, which is certainly "pure" enough in Steves opinion.

But this new one from Wolfgang D'Autriche caught my eye. It looks rather "fresh" with the SFO background and had a message of "must-have".

It was even better in reality than this small picture gives credit and with 140cm x 100cm quite decorative. Now hanging on my Mustang office wall:-)

Wolfgang D'Autriche was not interested to do a small run for us, but he does other excellent McQueen artwork in Germany. If you want a lead, send me a mail.
December 25th, 2013
Perhaps no other piece of clothing was more important than the wool three-button jacket with suede elbow patches, which was a creation of Academy Award-winning costume designer Theadora van Runkle.

The tweed jacket, worn by McQueen throughout the chase
is again at an auction!
This piece has been in the hands of the McQueen family for fortysix years, so the sale at a June 2013 event was what?

Visit the Bonhams Scottsdale auction on January 16th, 2014

Though we wonder that it is again at an auction after the June event 2013, where it fetched reportedly 720.000 Dollar

Not Sold this time. 120.000 was the high bid.
Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2014

...says David Redhead from UK and so do we all from the Bulllitt Enthusiast network worldwide.

"Talk to you soon with more exciting news.2
December 15th, 2013

David Redhead
- the Bullitt enthusiast with the sequel we freatured here - sent us this nice shot of their Bullitt pair car chase in the UK.
Seems the Mustang can indeed hold up to the speed of a Charger, but let's not start a discussion about that:-)

December 12th. 2013

What a fantastic year 2013!

Proclamation in the City and County of San Francisco

Anthony would like to send a big thank you to all the Bullitt enthusiasts that helped in the Bullitt related proclamation in Brisbane, where the most famous movie car chase ended.
Tony Piazza showed a never published 8mm film of the 68 Charger crashing that might need further examination.
Read Anthonys report here

Bullitt Proclamation
L/R Officer Dan Cunningham, brother Seargent Neil Cunningham, Chad McQueen, Frank Panacci (jr), Anthony Bologna in the Brisbane mayors office for the proclamation of the Steve McQueen Day.
Dec. 5th, 2013
David Kunz reported us about the 2015 Mustang unveiling at the Grauman Chinese Theatre in L.A.
He was there for his TV station KABC and introduced the Mustang on the Hollywood Blvd to his audience.
Scott Killeen took this shot on the right,
Dave the one below.

Dec. 3rd 2013
The next Bullitt SE in 2017-2018?

2 days before the official launch of the Mustang VI we got the first teaser and had time to play with it before the embargo ended.
The DHG makes a good color combination for this car, though it won't be available in the first run..certainly reserved for things to com.

Nov. 28th, 2013
Herve Attia did an outstanding job in synchronizing a todays Bullitt tour through San Francisco and its outskirts with the original movie sequences. Sort of "Then and Now" scene by scene.

Hundreds, if not thousands of hours must have went it getting all sequences done in the right timing (or rather proper preparation), so Herve deserves a Best of 2013 movie award for his tremendous job.

Have a look at all the detailed locations, he found and catched in a split-screen format.
Click here

Nov. 12th, 2013
A new Bullitt toy in Munich

This one got my attention. Bought at a US auction, the  latest owner decided to part with it again due to health issues.

Now on sale for 89.000 Euro roughly.
The Toystore has a number of very decent auction cars in their showroom. This certainly belongs there or in the hands of a careful new owner.
It has a 390 cui engine. More in our replica section soon.
Note: If you recognize your previous car, send us a mail.
November 2nd, 2013 and updated 4th. 2013
At this years SEMA 2013, Hotchkis will present a new pro-touring suspension for the 1964-1970 Mustang.
A DHG Bullitt replica and a black Charger will be on hand to demonstrate the purpose of these suspension kits and new adjustable shocks. The shocks feature a seven-post shaker rig.

Here is an actual picture
(Picture Hot Rod Blog)
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