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Ford Mustang driven by Steve McQueen in ‘Bullitt’ sells for $3.4 million

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This was the highest price a Ford Mustang ever fetched in any auction.

The 1968 Ford Mustang GT that Steve McQueen drove in the classic car chase from the movie “Bullitt, one of the most famed cars from American cinema, sold for $3.4 million (£2.60 million) at auction in Florida on Friday, Mecum Auctions said.

It was the highest price ever paid for a Ford Mustang at auction, according to David Morton, marketing manager for the auction house in Kissimmee, near Orlando. The buyer has not been publicly identified.

“The hammer dropped at $3.4 million, but with buyers’ fees, the total cost is $3.74 million,” he said, adding it shattered the auction house’s previous record set last year of $2.2 million.

The unrestored muscle car, its “highland green” paint looking rusty and black upholstery splitting apart, starred in a 10-minute sequence in the 1968 film, getting airborne a few times as it sped through the hilly streets of San Francisco.

The car was auctioned without a reserve, or minimum sale price, a risky decision that could have forced the owners to sell low.

McQueen filmed with the window down so viewers could see he was behind the wheel. Although credited as the driver, McQueen actually shared the wheel with Hollywood stunt driver Bud Ekins, according to the movie database IMDB.

Many movie buffs view the chase as ground-breaking for its duration and white-knuckle drama. The sequence forgoes a score in favour of roaring engines and screeching tires. McQueen, playing the no-nonsense police Lieutenant Frank Bullitt, was chasing bad guys who drove a black 1968 Dodge Charger.

After filming, the Mustang was sold to a Warner Brothers employee, and later to a New Jersey police detective. He in turn sold it for $6,000 in 1974 to Robert Kiernan of Madison, New Jersey, who held onto the car until he died in 2014.

Kiernan rejected multiple offers for the car, including one from McQueen himself, according to the New York Times. He left it to his son, Sean.

“I would like to appeal to you to get back my ’68 Mustang,” McQueen wrote to Kiernan in 1977, according to the Times. “I would like very much to keep it in the family, in its original condition as it was used in the film, rather than have it restored; which is simply personal with me.”

McQueen died in 1980 at age 50. Robert Kiernan never responded to McQueen’s letter, which Sean Kiernan still has, the Times said.

Sean Kiernan told Mecum in a promotional video that his mother drove the car until the clutch failed in 1980. It went nearly 40 years without being driven until recently, with 65,000 miles on the odometer, Kiernan said.

Ultimate Concert Package Give-A-Ways

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We are giving away a couple packages to both the Coral Head BluesFest in Marathon, Fl

& the Coral Head MusicFest in Pinellas Park, Fl.

Courtesy of WAIL 99.5 FM (Fl Keys) & The Shark 98.7 FM (Tampa Bay)

Visit https://www.coralheadmusicfest.com/

Marathon, Florida Keys

Listen in to 99.5 and Sun 103.1 for your chance to win the daily prize of a complimentary ticket to the show. All winners will be entered into a drawing to receive

2 NIGHT HOTEL STAY AT EITHER SKIPJACK RESORT OR CAPT PIPS HIDEAWAY RESORT FOR TWO (Fri/Sat)

TRANSPORTATION FROM HOTEL TO THE CONCERT COURTESY OF NATIVE TAXI

FREE BEVERAGES DURING THE SHOW

(BEER / WINE / SODA / WATER)

ADDITIONAL PRIZE:

WHOEVER WINS THE CAPT. PIPS PACKAGE WILL ALSO GET A FREE SNORKEL TRIP PLUS 1/2 DAY BOAT RENTAL.

Listen in to The Wail 99.5 during the ‘Hoebee in the Afternoon’ experience for your chance to win FREE tickets to the Coral Head Blues Fest. All daily winners will be entered into a drawing to receive the Ultimate Experience!

Pinellas Park, Fl (Tampa Bay)

Listen in to The Shark 98.7 from 12pm – 6pm daily for your chance to win free tickets to the show. All daily winners will automatically be entered in a drawing to receive the Ultimate Package for Two!

Winner will receive:

2 Night Stay at Hampton Inn & Suites

on Ulmerton Rd. (Fri/Sat)

Transportation to and from the concert courtesy of Alpha Limousine

2 VIP tickets to the concert

VIP Table with Bottle Service at the After Party at The Whiskey in Seminole.

2 Meet & Greets with Vince Neil & Sebastian Bach

WIN VIP TICKETS AND A MEET AND GREET FOR TWO WITH SEBASTIAN BACH

Drawing Date: Oct. 15, 2019 Prize: 2 VIP Passes & 2 Meet & Greets with Sebastian Bach at the Coral Head MusicFest 2019 England Bros. Park, Pinellas Park, Fl. November 2, 2019.

VIP includes Free Beverages, Food (meal ticket), Preferred Seating, Preferred Parking. Winner will be notified by phone.

WIN A FULLY RESTORED TO ORIGINAL 1965 HARLEY PAN HEAD

This motorcycle will be raffled off during the Coral Head BluesFest Oct. 19, 2019.

Fully restored to original by K&G Cycles in Florida City and has a value of $25,000. Winner will have the option to take $5,000 cash in lieu of the prize.

All 500 tickets must be sold. If tickets are not sold out by this date, the drawing will be held during the Coral Head MusicFest on Feb. 15, 2020 – Marathon, Florida.

Motorcycle can be seen at K & G Cycles in Florida City.

Coral Head MusicFest

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The Coral Head MusicFest is an American Legion charity concert series created and coordinated by Rich Anderson the Director of the American Legion Riders Post 154 in Marathon, FL. The Coral Head MusicFest is on the fourth successful year in the Florida Keys, being brought to Pinellas Park for the first time.

The Pinellas Park concert will take place on November 2nd at England Brothers Park and is expected to be an annual event for our area with proceeds benefiting our local Veteran charities, Project VetRelief and Bay Pines Veterans Recreation center which is the designated charity of post 104. Our Pinellas Park event headliners and performers are Vince Neil, Sebastian Bach, Slaughter, Mitch Perry Group and Hairdaze & Jen.

We are expecting attendance to be 8,000 plus. Sebastian Bach is currently on his 30th anniversary tour in which he will perform his very first Skid Row album, we are his last scheduled performance of that tour.

http://www.coralheadmusicfest.com/

https://www.facebook.com/CoralHeadMusicFest/

http://www.projectvetrelief.org/

https://www.instagram.com/coralheadmusicfest/

Cross Country Chase Stage 9

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The last full day of racing included 259-miles of sightseeing through parks, parts of the Everglades and through swampy areas that kept riders eyeing the roadsides for alligators while keeping an eye on the sky for predicted rain, but the weather witch was kind enough to wait until after enjoying a great party and dinner at Peterson’s Harley-Davidson in South Florida to turn on the water works.

And tomorrow’s route scant 129-miles into the Florida Keys will bring the run total to 2,368-miles of true grit. Riders will arrive at the checkered flag with hearts full of elation over a job well done, and hearts full of sorrow to see it all come to an end.

Class I will head out of Miami at 8:30 with the other two classes leaving at 15-minute intervals and arrival in Key West required by 1:30.

Scores are posted at the website and you will notice that there are 10 riders listed as DNS, DNF or DQ.  https://themotorcyclechase.com/routes/

New Motorcycle Rights Organization

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Biker Lives Matter Florida USA
Great News…. John Rogue has once again stepped up and will be leading the upcoming Board of Directors for Biker Lives Matter – Florida USA… as “President”

for those that don’t know Rogue ” I am a well known Photo-Journalist in the Motorcycle Field and have had my work continually published in national magazines since the late 60s. I also do work for select individuals.” *source bikerrogue.com

He has been involved in Biker Rights almost as long as I have been alive (a long dang time)… was one of the founders of the “original” A.B.A.T.E. ….

We couldn’t ask for a better or more experienced person to take the controls… Thank You Rogue….

Rogue is the Senior Editor at Bikernet.com

ROGUE SAYS: To many brothers and sisters are being killed by stupid drivers ( I almost had a lady hit me today by coming into my lane)

I believe we can put together a new organization to get legislation passed that will seriously penalize any one that hits and injures or kills a motorcyclist.

I do not think it is going to be easy or quick But like other Motorcycle Rights we have fought for in the past and won I think we can with this one as well.

There is NO FEE TO JOIN THIS ORGANIZATION

GET INVOLVED NOW!

Coast Guard offloads 14,000 lbs of marijuana, 3,660 lbs of cocaine at Port Everglades

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MIAMI (WFLA) – Approximately 14,000 pounds of marijuana and 3,600 pounds of cocaine were offloaded by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bear on Thursday at Port Everglades.

The marijuana, worth an estimated $12.5 million, and the cocaine, worth an estimated $50 million, was seized in international waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

The drugs represent five separate suspected drug smuggled vessel interdictions by the US Coast Guard.

According to the Coast Guard:

  • The Coast Guard Cutter Bear was responsible for two cases, seizing approximately 7,900 pounds of marijuana and 300 pounds of cocaine.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Valiant (WMEC-621) was responsible for one case, seizing approximately 2,700 pounds of cocaine.
  • The USS Tornado (PC-14) with a Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team was responsible for 2 cases seizing approximately 6,100 pounds of marijuana and 660 pounds of cocaine.

“I could not be prouder of this crew’s accomplishments, and of the entire interagency and allied team that continue to stand the watch in an effort to stem the efforts of smugglers that seek to destabilize the Western hemisphere while they line their pockets,” said Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Dennelly, Executive Officer of Coast Guard Cutter Bear.

Three naked Florida women lead police on 21-mile chase

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  • Women applying lotion told trooper they were ‘air drying’
  • Tampa Bay Times says no link to area nudist community

Authorities said three naked women who were seen applying suntan lotion at a Florida rest stop led police on a 21-mile chase, drove a car at one deputy and threatened another with a bat.

The Florida highway patrol said that when a deputy approached the women at the Interstate 75 rest stop on Wednesday in Dade City, Pasco county, they started dressing. The women told the trooper they had been staying at a relative’s home but went to the rest stop after an altercation and had nowhere else to go.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that the women claimed they were “air drying” after washing up. They then fled in a car, with troopers giving chase.

The women were caught after police managed to blow out their tires and repeatedly rammed their car. One was subdued using a stun gun and marijuana was found in the car. The women were charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, fleeing to elude and indecent exposure.

In the words of the Tampa Bay Times, “though Pasco has been dubbed the nudist capital of the world, the arrest reports do not indicate the women are linked to its many nudist or clothing-optional communities”.