Steven McQueen won the first amateur sports car race he entered in Santa Barbara in 1959 driving his 1958 Porsche Speedster. After that first outing, he continued driving the Speedster, entering races at Willow Springs, Del Mar, Hourglass Field and Riverside. After the Speedster he would move to a Lotus XI in late 1959, hitting all the same tracks again. Other cars raced by him were a Cooper FJ, an Austin Healey at Sebring and a Porsche 908 Spyder which was used for a Factory Poster.
Here he is at the start of his racing career. This photo was taken at San Diego's "Hourglass Field." He was driving his black 1600 Speedster at the time. The event was put on by the California Sports Car Club. Hourglass Field sat where Miramar College is now. Photo: Chad McQueen Collection.
In 1963 he is jumping into the Jag that he nicknamed the "Green Rat". The car is now owned by the Robert Peterson Collection of the Peterson Museum. Photo: John Domimis/Life/Getty Images.
Some of the other cars that he owned and enjoyed were; his first sports car a MG-TC then a '53 Siata 208S, a '63 Ferrari 250 Lusso, a '67 Mini Cooper S, a Ferrari 275 GTS, a '64 Corvette Sting Ray, a '69 911S, a '52 Hudson Wasp, a '49 Cadillac Series 62, a '57 fuel-injected Bel Air, a '71 911E, and a '76 930 among others.
Steve McQueen passed away in Mexico on November 7, 1980 from complications of mesothelioma.