Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - FEATURE -

A few years ago I built a full replica of the bike that Steve McQueen ( pic­tured) rode in The Great Es­cape, which was a 1961/62 Tri­umph mod­i­fied to look “Ger­man­ised”. Steve McQueen rode it like a bat out of hell, and it be­came quite famous. The tank is off that one at the mo­ment, it’s get­ting a paint job. This bike is one of 30 that came to Aus­tralia, 1100 were made in a batch, it’s a lim­ited edi­tion replica and they are very hard to get. I got my name down and had to wait for it and I man­aged to snick one. It’s num­ber 14 of the 1100. Newer bikes gen­er­ally lose their value, these have gone up. For The Distin­guished Gen­tle­man’s Ride, bikes are sup­posed to be vintage but they can also be mod­ern clas­sics, so that’s what this is. The bike is a com­mem­o­ra­tive thing for 50 years of the movie, I’ve changed it slightly be­cause I use it. I’ve rid­den it to Bris­bane three times. It’s not just to look at, it’s to use. A lot of mo­tor­cy­cle devotees know about them. I’d like a dol­lar for ev­ery time the movie pops up on TV. I’ve been rid­ing mo­tor­bikes all my life, I got my li­cence at 17, I didn’t get my car li­cence un­til the year later.

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