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Guy Martin jumps into Switzerland

Finally, the POW has jumped the second barbed wire fence and escaped the Nazis for freedom in Switzerland … even if it was just a stunt for a British TV show. Performing the stunt from the 1963 World War II POW film, The Great Escape, was former TT racer and all-round larrikin daredevil Guy Martin. And …

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Guy Martin practises Great Escape jump

Guy Martin attempts Great Escape jump

Former TT racer and all-round larrikin daredevil Guy Martin will attempt the failed Steve McQueen jump from the 1963 film, The Great Escape. He’s even had his trademark unkempt hair cut to look like McQueen! His attempt will be aired on the UK’s Channel 4 at 9pm next Sunday (8 December 2019). He won’t be …

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Bruce Brown director of On Any Sunday

On Any Sunday director bikes on sale

Motorcycles belonging to the late Bruce Brown, director of perhaps the greatest motorcycle film of all time, On Any Sunday, will go on sale next month. Bruce died of natural causes, aged 80, died in December 2017, but his legend lives on in his Academy Award nominated 1971 film. Now you can own a piece of …

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Elvis Presley Harley-Davidson Electra Glide beat

Elvis Presley’s Harley set to be most expensive

Elvis Presley’s last motorcycle, a 1972 1200cc FLH Electra Glide, will go up for sale on 31 August 2019 at Kruse GWS Auctions and is expected to set auction records. GWS Auctions believe the motorcycle is worth about $A3m. If it does, it would smash the current auction record set on Australia Day 2018 by an Australian-owned 1951 …

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George and Mildred Brough Superior record auction

TV and stunt bikes sell at record auction

The Brough Superior outfit used in the hit British comedy TV shows George and Mildred and Dad’s Army has sold at a record auction along with a bike owned by stunt rider Bud Ekins who did the famous fence jump in The Great Escape. Proving its star power, the 1933 Brough Superior 1096cc 11-50hp and Cruiser Sidecar …

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Bud Ekins Trophy motorbike for auction

Bud Ekins, who performed The Great Escape barbed wire jump for actor Steve McQueen, rode this Triumph 649cc TR6SS Trophy to a gold medal in the 1962 International Six Day Trials (ISDT) in Europe. It is now up for sale in the annual Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale on 27/28 April 2019 at the 39th Carole Nash …

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Tim Gibbes with Great Escape Triumph TR6

Home movie shows The Great Escape stunts

A home movie showing an Aussie rider’s involvement in the making of 1963 film The Great Escape has surfaced after more than half a century. Australian rider Tim Gibbes (pictured above with the original bike and current owner Dick Shepherd) was selected to perform stunts in the famous movie while he was competing at various motorcycle events …

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Steve McQueen 1938 Triumph Speed Twin

Steve McQueen Speed Twin sets record

Steve McQueen continues to set motorcycle records 38 years after his death with his Triumph Speed Twin fetching the highest price ever paid for that model at auction. The 1938 Triumph 5T Speed Twin 500 was estimated to fetch up to $US65,000 (about $A91,000), but sold at the Bonham’s annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction for …

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Steve McQueen 1938 Triumph Speed Twin

Steve McQueen Triumph Speed Twin heads auction

Las Vegas motorcycle auctions seem to attract the biggest bids and January’s Bonham’s sale is set to do the same with some famous bikes including a Triumph 5T Speed Twin once owned by Steve McQueen. Steve McQueen’s 1915 Cyclone sold at a Mecum auction for almost $A1 million in 2015 in Las Vegas. It was …

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Sunday Husky 400 Cross Steve McQueen collectors

Steve McQueen still rates among bike collectors

Steve McQueen motorcycles and memorabilia continues to rate highly among collectors with his 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross selling for $US230,500 (A326,610) at a weekend auction. The Hollywood star and national endurance motorcycle representative rode the Husky in the closing beach scenes of the 1971 film On Any Sunday. His Husky had previously sold at a Bonham’s …

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