AN ICONIC motorbike specially created to mark Hollywood legend Steve McQueen’s famous role in war movie The Great Escape has been unveiled in Birmingham.
Manufacturer Triumph created the special edition Bonneville as a tribute to the actor’s starring role in the 1960s blockbuster.
The new machine made its debut at The Motorcycle Show at the NEC yesterday.
In the film, McQueen commandeers a Triumph TR6 motorbike to stage a dramatic stunt-filled escape from a German POW camp.
The Bonneville model, similar to the TR6 version used in the film, was initially made at Triumph’s former factory in Meriden from 1959 to 1983.
Now based in Hinckley, Triumph has joined forces with McQueen’s estate to launch the limited edition Bonneville T100 which will go on sale next year.
Just 1,100 of the bikes inspired by the actor will be manufactured.
Meanwhile, a bike dedicated to a fallen hero from the Afghanistan conflict was also unveiled at the Motorcycle Show.
The Harley Davidson MT350 is called The Corporal Lee Scott in honour of a Norfolk soldier who inspired the Afghan Heroes charity.
He was tragically killed in an explosion while serving with the Royal Tank Regiment in 2009.
His mother, Denise Harris, helped to establish the forces’ charity in his memory.
Since then it has helped soldiers and their families in many practical ways and raised over £1 million for the cause.
The motorbike will serve as a lasting memorial to the sacrifice made by servicemen and women, and will also become a symbol of Afghan Heroes and the charity’s connection with the biking community.