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THE JAGUAR #01

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In this issue we return to top level motorsport but not in a conventional way, and by doing so accelerate the development of electric powertrains. In tandem, we introduce our Jaguar I-PACE Concept vehicle - a revolutionary new model available to reserve now for delivery in 2018.

TOUGHER THAN

TOUGHER THAN THE REST? NOBODY DID COOL QUITE LIKE STEVE MCQUEEN AND MAYBE NOBODY EVER WILL BUT, ASKS RICHARD WILLIAMS, WAS IT ALL JUST HIS GREATEST PERFORMANCE? The sudden boyish grin could buckle women’s knees. The slower smile, the one that turned up the corners of his mouth but left his blue eyes as cold as a mountain stream, told men to look out for danger. Steve McQueen’s subtly changing facial expressions usually spoke louder than his words, which was what made him such a compelling presence on the screen – and such a magnetic, if often troublesome, figure to so many others off it. After making himself bankable in the late ’60s with a run of hit movies that included The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair and Bullitt, McQueen could have cruised through the remainder of a comfortable career, vying with Newman, Beatty and Redford for the plum roles while holding younger contenders such as Pacino and De Niro at bay. But underneath that coolly detached exterior he twitched with a restless ambition that would inflict severe damage on his career before cancer took him at the age of 50. In his prime, however, he had done enough to create an image which, like that of Audrey Hepburn, defined an ideal of post-war style. With James Dean and Bob Dylan, he was one of those who turned anti-fashion – plain T-shirts, scuffed boots, battered jeans – into fashion. Men not even born when he died now fancy that a fawn Baracuta G9 blouson or a square, blue-faced Heuer Monaco watch will lend them some of his aura. He was born in 1930 in a small town outside Indianapolis. Within months his father, a barnstorming pilot with a flying circus, had deserted his mother. She, unable to cope with the task of bringing him up, handed him on to an uncle with a farm in Missouri, where the boy enjoyed the outdoor life and the gift of a tricycle. That happy interlude was ended when, aged eight, he was sent back to Indianapolis to live with his mother and a stepfather with whom he did not get along. Soon in trouble and running away from home, he was returned to his uncle’s farm. When his mother moved to Los Angeles and married for a third time, she asked to have him back. But the new stepfather was a violent man, and the boy was soon involved with teenage gangs. A spell in the state reformatory straightened him out: after leaving there at 16, he made a point of maintaining a link with the institution throughout his adult life. After working as a labourer and a lumberjack and spending three years in the US Marines, he once again returned to his mother, this time in New York. They lived for a while in a Greenwich Village apartment and in 1952 he began to study acting with the celebrated teacher Stella Adler, attracted to the profession not least because it seemed a good way of meeting girls. 56 THE JAGUAR

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THE JAGUAR magazine celebrates the art of performance with exclusive features that inspire sensory excitement, from dynamic driving to seductive design and cutting-edge technology.

Led by an exclusive and insightful interview with unconventional actor and Jaguar campaign star Eva Green, this issue is full of Jaguar spirit. See the Jaguar XE 300 SPORT and XE SV Project 8 unleashed on the volcanic slopes of Sicily, go behind the scenes of setting two world records, look ahead to the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Championship season debut, learn the secrets of thrill-making from three renowned proponents of the art, and much more.

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