Steve McQueens Great Escape Triumph on Show

/ Thursday, 02 November 2017 /

The motorcycle used for the famous jump in the Steve McQueen classic The Great Escape has gone on display for the first time.

The Triumph TR6 Trophy took about two months to restore and 95% of the original parts have been retained.

Dick Shepherd, who restored it, said it is in “full working order”

Bikes from Jurassic World and Mission Impossible II are also on show at Triumph’s UK manufacturing facility in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

McQueen rode the TR6 in the World War Two film but the famous 12ft barbed-wire fence jump was performed by stunt double, Bud Ekins.

After the film, the bike was sold to a farmer, who used it to herd cows, but it was then stored in a barn for decades.

“We even managed to keep the original exhausts and rear tyre – two of the rarest parts – and we wanted to keep the dents on the bike from the filming for added authenticity.”

He said the TR6 has been restored to the “exact specification” of 1962.