Journalist and Bullitt Expert Matt Stone to Lead Investigation
LOS ANGELES, CA – March 16, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – McQueen Racing LLC, founded by Chad McQueen, the only son of the late actor Steve McQueen, announced today that respected journalist and Bullitt expert Matt Stone has accepted a request and will lead an investigation into the whereabouts of the two missing iconic Bullitt Mustangs, in consultation with the Ford Motor Company and with cooperation from Warner Bros. The search comes on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the most famous car chase movie ever filmed, and in the immediate wake of numerous stories surrounding the alleged discovery of one of the missing Bullitt Mustangs. Stone invites people with knowledge of the Bullitt Mustangs to submit tips at www.findingbullitt.com.
“My dad fought to be authentic in everything he did, and the many Bullitt fans and the amazing and dedicated Mustang community deserve to know the truth of what became of those two great cars,” said McQueen. “It’s wonderful that Bullitt continues to thrill fans almost 50 years later, and the prospect of finding one of the real Bullitt Mustangs is tantalizing. That’s why I’ve asked Matt Stone, the expert on all things Bullitt Mustang, to help separate the fact from the fiction.”
Stone is the former editor of Motor Trend magazine and Motor Trend Classic, and the author of McQueen’s Machines, the definitive book about the cars of Steve McQueen. Stone has agreed to undertake an exhaustive review of available information and interview those with relevant information, and will also consult with the Steve McQueen estate, represented by Greenlight, to search through the archives of Solar Productions (Steve McQueen’s production company) which purchased and oversaw modifications of the two Bullitt cars.
Stone’s investigation will include reviewing the archives of Ford, Warner Bros., interviewing people connected to the film with knowledge of the cars, and consulting with noted Mustang authorities. Where appropriate, Stone will examine cars alleged to be one of the two most famous Mustangs of all time.
“For decades, Mustang and Bullitt fans have speculated what became of these cars,” said Stone. “I am honored to be chosen by McQueen Racing for this project and I look forward to working with Ford and many others. In the years that I’ve written about Steve’s cars and Bullitt, I’ve followed many a promising rumor, but the truth about the whereabouts of the Bullitt Mustangs remains elusive. I will follow where the facts lead me, and I am looking forward to helping set the record straight. Stay tuned for the complete story!”
“Along with millions of Mustang fans from around the world, we have followed the lore surrounding the missing Bullitt Mustangs for decades. Ford is excited to aid Matt Stone as he researches the whereabouts of these two legendary cars,” said Dan Jones, Ford car communications manager.
Stone will post regular updates on his search on the Finding Bullitt website and Facebook page.
ABOUT MCQUEEN RACING
McQueen Racing LLC was founded by Chad McQueen, the only son of Steve McQueen. McQueen Racing develops and licenses limited-edition, high performance motorsport and motorcycle classics and performance accessories, clothing, shoes, and race apparel, and produces film and television projects, including the highly acclaimed “Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans” which debuted at the prestigious Cannes Classic festival.
ABOUT MATT STONE
Matt Stone is the foremost authority on Steve McQueen’s cars and motorcycles. Since 1990, Stone has written about cars and motorcycles, and has written several acclaimed books including: McQueen’s Machines, Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman, My First Car, and History’s Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed. Stone was an executive editor for Motor Trend Magazine and Motor Trend Classic, and currently serves as a Chief Class Judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, is a member of the LeMay America’s Car Museum Steering Committee and past-President of the Motor Press Guild trade association. His voice is instantly recognizable as a former expert for the popular Barrett Jackson Auction programs on Speed and Fox.
ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.
Greenlight is part of the Branded Entertainment Network, whose mission is to connect global brands to consumers through the power of popular entertainment. Greenlight brings star power to brand campaigns by giving you unprecedented access to the most iconic film, celebrities, and music. The rights representation group manages the personality rights of iconic personas including Steve McQueen, Albert Einstein, Marvin Gaye, Sophia Loren and Buzz Aldrin. Greenlight is based in Los Angeles and serves clients in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.greenlightrights.com.
Source: McQueen Racing LLC