‘Great Escape’ Motorcycle for Sale at Bonhams

November 28, 2011
Courtesy of Bonhams
This is a unique motorcycle crerated for the Great Escape charity ride  pictured here at the famous jump site from the film.
The 2011 Triumph T100 is pictured at the famous jump site from the ‘Great Escape’ filmed in Bavaria.

The ‘Great Escape 2’ charity ride was held in June 2011. The 3,200-mile journey took in 12 European countries and visited sites associated with ‘The Great Escape’ including the town of Füssen in Bavaria where McQueen’s famous ‘wire jump’ was filmed, though the stunt itself was actually performed by Steve’s great friend, Bud Ekins. ‘WW11 POW’ was taken to easily recognizable settings and photographed in poses similar to those of Steve on the bike during the making of the film. It has been photographed in many other historical locations, appeared on television and been featured in many magazines and national media publications.

Although not historically accurate, the scene of the ‘wire jump’ is known the world over and Steve’s 1962 Triumph TR6 Trophy has been seen on posters and T-shirts and been viewed by millions on film and television. So a decision was made to create a modern version of the McQueen bike to accompany six other classic Triumphs from the factory’s current range on a tour to raise money for The Royal British Legion and ‘Help for Heroes’.

The motorcycle itself is a 2011 Triumph T100, which has been modified to incorporate Hagon shock absorbers, wider handlebars, concealed indicators, modified mudguards, military drab paintwork, solo seat and Triumph performance exhaust pipes, which give a wonderful sound. It has now covered 5,000 miles, has been fully serviced, and is in excellent condition and still under the manufacturer’s warranty. The machine will be supplied with a comprehensive photographic record of the ‘Great Escape 2’ event and is sold with its most appropriate ‘WW11 POW’ registration, current road fund license and Swansea V5C document. All sale proceeds will go to Armed Services charities.

James Stensel, Motorcycle Specialist at Bonhams, comments, “It is a pleasure to be offering this machine on behalf of such worthy causes. The team at GE2 has put in so much effort in to reach the culmination of this project and we ask bidders to bid generously.” 


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