Guy Martin attempts Great Escape jump

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Former TT racer and all-round larrikin daredevil Guy Martin will attempt the failed Steve McQueen jump from the 1963 film, The Great Escape.

His attempt will be aired on the UK’s Channel 4 at 9pm next Sunday (8 December 2019).

He won’t be doing it on a Triumph TR6 like in the original movie stunt, but on a new Triumph Scrambler 1200.

Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE jump

MBW Practises his own escape!
Jump mystery

The movie stunt, which is one of the most famous in movie history, remains a bit of a mystery.

We know it was not done by McQueen – not because he couldn’t do it, but because the filmmaker’s insurance company wouldn’t let him.

Many believe it was done by his friend and bike fettler Bud Ekins who died earlier this year and has been honoured with special edition T100 and T120 models.

However, there remains some doubt.

Several endurance riders who were competing nearby at the European motocross championship were invited by McQueen to visit the filming.

Tim Gibbes The Great Escape Triumph TR6 Steve McQueen

Tim Gibbes

They included Australian Tim Gibbes and another unnamed Aussie rider who had a go while the cameras were rolling, so it is not clear which take was used.

Some home movies of the filming shot by Tim have recently been unearthed.

Guy’s jump

Guy will jump a reconstructed Nazi wire fence to simulate the leap to freedom in Switzerland.

In the film, McQueen jumps the first 5ft (152cm) fence, but fails to clear the 8ft fence (244cm).

Steve McQueen in The Great Escape

Steve McQueen in The Great Escape

That’s why Guy has chosen the much more powerful and better suspended Scrambler.

Even the stock the suspension has been bolstered for the attempt.

Obviously most modern MX bikes could easily do the jump, but after all, this is showbiz!

And Triumph has done its best to exploit this particular moment in cinematic moment for many years.

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Well thats very interesting and i guess we will never know which jump was used :Shrug1:
 

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I also read a report that while away from the prying eyes of the studio officials, during a practice session with Ekins, McQueen did the jump just to satisfy himself. It was not filmed and everyone present kept quiet about it.
But like so many things on the internet, you often don't know what to believe.
Doing this jump on a much heavier bike like the big scrambler will be interesting to see how such a heavy bike survives the landing - beefed up suspension or not.
It should be interesting.

We won't get to see the jump over here, but it will probably show up on YouTube eventually.
 

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I hope we do see it eventually as I would love to see it.
 

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I hope we do see it eventually as I would love to see it.
I hope so too - and I hope he comes out of it well.
It's going to take some speed to get that heavy bike up in the air enough to clear the fence - and then there is the landing.
I hope I'm pleasantly surprised.
 

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We won't get to see the jump over here, but it will probably show up on YouTube eventually.
You can watch the teaser video here, so I'd be surprised if they don't release the full version after the TV release.

 

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Thanks for the teaser TUP TUP
 

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Im looking forward to seeing it this weekend on tv should be good TUP
 

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A bit more insight into the preparation. Thanks for that TUP
 

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Now we wait to see the jump itself.
 
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