Triumph Stuff

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HENRY WINKLER

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The most definitely free wheelin’ Bob Dylan.

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The Wild One

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The Triumph Thunderbird was Brando’s ride in The Wild One.

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The Great Escape

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Steve McQueen rode the TT Special 650 in The Great Escape.

For the filming of the climactic scene in The Great Escape in which Steve (as Virgil Hilts) hijacks a German warbike and becomes the center of one of cinema’s most famous chase scenes, a little bit of improvising was done, as explained by Steve to writer William Nolan: We had four bikes for this film. I was running a TT Special 650 Triumph. We painted it olive drab and put on a luggage rack and an old seat to make it look like a wartime BMW. We couldn’t use a real BMW, not at the speeds we were running, since those old babies were rigid-frame jobs, and couldn’t take the punishment.

The camera tricks didn’t end there though. Steve’s riding was too fast for the German stuntmen chasing him, so to solve the problem, Steve doubled for his pursuers as well, effectively chasing himself on camera!

The Triumphs ridden by Steve in the film were decked out and provided by Steve’s friend and ofttimes stunt double Bud Ekins.

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Joe Namath isn’t reclining on a Triumph, but this photo is from a movie that made me dream of one day riding hard and living free. It is from the movie C.C. and Company. From the opening scene in the grocery store I was hooked.

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