To celebrate the success of The Concours d’Elegance (raising many $ for charity) we are featuring a vintage 1965 Honda Dream- a sweet Cafe Racer owned by Plantation residents, Susan and Doug Bennett. They graciously loaned us their baby for the afternoon shoot and we asked Gloria and Mike Hart to show us how to look and act cool on a cafe racer.
Here is how Susan Bennett became the proud owner…in her own words…
She and Mike began their married life on Amelia Island, moving here right after their honeymoon. Gloria had just graduated from North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and most of you know her as Dr. Hart, one of our favorite vets with Fernandina Beach Animal Hospital.
Mike is a technical sales representative with James Hardie Building Products. The company specializes in fiber cement exterior cladding but most people know it as Hardie board.
We had to revisit the 60’s to choose the clothing appropriate for this special bike.
Steve McQueen and Jacqueline Bisset on the set for the movie Bullitt in 1968.
Steve McQueen was famous for his acting as well as his passion for motorcycle/car racing. Two of his most memorable movies involved chase scenes. The Great Escape (1963) featured the famous jump over the fence scene with Steve’s Triumph TR6 Trophy motorcyle.
During my research phase I watched Bullitt for the first time in years. I remembered the famous car chase with the bad guys driving a black Charger and Steve McQueen driving a Mustang.
I also remember seeing this photograph with Steve McQueen and Jacqueline Bisset in San Francisco during the filming, but the famous Triumph motorcycle was never in the movie or at least with McQueen driving it in a chase scene. A cafe racer did spin out during the car chase.
We had fun trying to recreate an iconic photo. Thank you to the Harts for being such good sports and to the Bennetts for the use of their bike!
Thank you Susan Scarborough for your wonderful photographs!
Think it is time for another Friday Night Flicks party. Come celebrate with me! I’ll save you a seat at the table.
The famous car chase scene
And just in case you want to see more…
1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT 2+2 Fastback, while the other main car, shown here, was a 1968 Dodge Charger 440 Magnum.