Continuing in our series of exclusive pix from the cool new, updated edition of McQueen’s Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon recently published by Motorbooks, we bring you this iconic image from the collection of the actor’s son, Chad McQueen.

Here the King of Cool tries out his wicked new one-seater Lotus Eleven sports racer in the summer of 1959 at a Del Mar, California track.

The King of Cool tries out his wicked new one-seater Lotus Eleven sports racer in the summer of 1959

It was an altogether faster and more sophisticated machine than his undeniably stylish Porsche Speedster, which the Lotus replaced.

In the Eleven, writes author Matt Stone, “McQueen felt he developed his driving skills from lucky weekend amateur to legitimate racer.”

His producers may not have been thrilled to have him hurtling around the track in a rocket ship like this, but the King was on cloud nine.

McQueen's Machines