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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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’s TR6R herded cows

One of the most famous motorcycles of all time, the Triumph TR6R ridden by Steve McQueen in The Great Escape, was once used to herd cows. The fully restored 54-year-old TR6R 650cc twin which has 95% of its original parts is now the centrepiece of the Triumph Factory Visitor Experience (museum) at Hinckley in the UK. …

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Triumph unveils Speedmaster, Bobber Black

Triumph has unveiled its latest additions to the Bonneville range, the Speedmaster (pictured above) and Bobber Black, as well as a museum that pays homage to Steve McQueen. The new Bonnevilles are based on the popular Bobber. They have a monoshock hard-tail rear, rather than traditional twin shocks like the rest of the Bonneville fleet. …

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Mount up on The Great Escape bike

  The owners of the Triumph TR6 Trophy Bird motorcycle used in the 1963 film, The Great Escape, is allowing the public to sit on the bike in the name of charity. The bike has been loaned to the organisers of the Sowerby Bridge Classic Bike and Scooter Show in the UK on May 29. …

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Celebrity trivia motorcycle quiz

Celebrity motorbike trivia quiz

How good is your motorcycle trivia and your celebrity knowledge? This week, our trivia quiz will test both. How much do you know about Top Gear, The Great Escape, Elvis Presley and Justin Bieber? Our motorcycle trivia quiz master, Dale, has been trawling his paparazzi files for the best celebrity brain-teasers. The above image actually contains …

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The all-star cast of The Great Escape trivia

Take our motorbike trivia challenge

How did you go in our first three motorcycle trivia quiz challenges? If you haven’t done them, go to the end of this story and you will see the other quizzes under the “Stories You May Also Like” heading. Now it’s time to take our fourth trivia quiz, but don’t worry because if you’ve been …

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Steve McQueen’s best riding tip

The best riding tip I ever got for cornering came from watching Steve McQueen playing in the sand with his friends in the classic 1971 film On Any Sunday. The late legendary Hollywood actor was also an accomplished motocrosser who even represented America in the international six-day enduro trials in 1964, so he obviously knew …

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Steve McQueen in The Great Escape

Great Escape tops motorcycle movie moments

The motorcycle chase and leap over the wire fence in the 1963 World War II film, The Great Escape, has been voted as the greatest motorbike scene in movie history by a UK insurance e company. It beat the Tom Cruise airfield ride on a Kawasaki GPZ900R in Top Gun, the riding scenes from Easy Rider …

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