Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Great Escape Re-Enacted

The Great Escape, one of the best war films ever made and one of the most daring motorcycle stunts ever performed on film. During filming, McQueen's racing buddy-turned-stunt-double for the film, Bud Ekins jumped 12 feet in the air across 65 feet at around 60 mph. He described the air up there as being total silence, seemingly hanging forever. Motorcycle stunt rider Steve Colley attempts to recreate the famous stunt on a Steve McQueen Desert Racer Metisse Triumph.


  1. It was quite a movie, more about its own times than the 1940s, I think. Here was the notion that you could steal a motorcycle (or an airplane!) and zoom off to escape the worst oppression on earth. Just leave it behind. Actual escaped POWs would have tried to retain a lower profile, with forged papers and ruses like being mute, slipping across borders at night. But the movie audience (including me) wants it to be easier. Just race off in broad daylight. It was an "escapist" period.

  2. That byke sounds really good and good stunt but please use protection gears helmets....

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