Dated: 15 March 2011
The Great Escape 2: Charity Fundraiser
The bravery and indomitable spirit depicted in The Great Escape will again be in evidence this summer as a charity team look to re-run the route taken by Squadron Leader Roger Bushell (Lord Richard Attenborough’s character Roger Bartlett was based on Roger Bushell), one of the masterminds of the plot depicted in one of our favourite movies.
The 3,500 mile journey, which sees the team of motorbike riders travel through eleven different countries, is in aid of The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.
As part of the homage to the movie, five of the riders will travel on the latest Triumph Bonnevilles models, courtesy of Laguna Motorcycles on behalf of Triumph.
The pick of the bikes however, will be the specially made replica of the Triumph T100 – the very bike used by Steve McQueen.
The trip has been organised by former British Motorcycle Federation director Dave Muckle and Metropolitan Police officer Peter Spowage and will commence on the 4th June from RAF Biggin Hill.
The team’s destination is Sagan in Poland. It is in this town that the actual prison camp - which the real-life prisoners of war escaped from, inspiring The Great Escape movie - once stood.
From Sagna they plan to partially retrace the escape route taken by Squadron Leader Roger Bushell, before he was captured in Saarbrücken train station.
Joining them on the emotional trip is Colin Kirby Green son of Squadron Leader Tom Kirby Green. He escaped from the camp only to be later captured and killed by the Gestapo.
At present, the team has raised £6,000. Their ultimate goal is to reach a total of £10,000 before they embark on the trip.
In a recent press release, Peter Spowage, Event Organiser said, “I’m thrilled to have the backing of Laguna Motorcycles with this project.
“Triumph has always been associated with the Steve McQueen jump so it is very fitting that we are able to do the trip on the correct machinery. We have had a lot of support so I’d like to thank everyone for their efforts.”
If you wish to make a donation, you can do so at the Great Escape 2’s website.
It would be remiss to not also point out in this post that next month – April 2011 – sees the return of TyreSafe’s annual Bike Safety Month.
Each year the tyre safety organisation aims to educate people on the dangers of riding motorbikes and scooters on defective and/or illegal tyres.