Guy Martin set to recreate iconic motorbike leap from The Great Escape
Ask someone to pick their favourite motorcycle scene from any film and there's a good chance they'll pick the border fence jump from The Great Escape.
The scene from the 1963 Hollywood classic showed Steve McQueen attempting to escape his German pursuers by leaping a nicked motorcycle over the German border with Switzerland. Famously, he cleared the first fence but got caught up in the second.
Triumph has decided that it's time to step up and try to replicate the stunt, this time aiming to clear both fences. They've enlisted TT Racer, TV personality and general lovable lunatic Guy Martin to ride a modded Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE in a recreation of the original stunt, which was originally tackled by McQueen's stunt double Bud Ekins.
Guy Martin's attempt at the stunt will be the focus of a TV programme to be aired on Channel 4 this Sunday, 8 December at 9pm UK time.
Guy will attempt the stunt in the exact field used for the original filming in Bavaria, Germany. The fact he's attempting it on a Triumph makes sense – because McQueen insisted he rode a Triumph TR6 in The Great Escape, despite the fact the Germans predominantly used BMW bikes in the Second World War.
Despite being a TT racer, Guy's never really been one for jumping bikes, admitting: "whenever I climb on an off road bike, I can smell hospital.” So in the course of the show he'll go through hundreds of practice jumps before heading to Germany for his attempt.
Did Guy make it? You can find out by tuning into Channel 4 on Sunday 8 December at 9pm UK time. And then you'll have the perfect excuse for another festive viewing of The Great Escape…