Triumph has a history of producing some amazing motorbikes, such as the Triumph Bonneville. The Bonneville is well known for breaking speed records on the Bonneville Utah Salt Flats. Triumph motorbikes have been used in a number of films, ranging from The Great Escape, to The Wild One. Here are four films that have featured a Triumph in all its glory.
The Great Escape, Triumph TR6 Trophy
Steve McQueen and Triumph go hand in hand, and the connection was immortalised in 1963’s The Great Escape. McQueen played Captain Virgil Hilts, a POW in a German camp. The ‘Cooler King’s’ most dramatic escape attempt involved him riding a Triumph TR6 Trophy and jumping over a barbed wire fence while being chased by German troops. The actual jump was carried out by McQueen’s stuntman, Bud Ekins and he jumped 65 feet, wearing no helmet or protection.
The Wild One, Triumph Thunderbird 6T
The popularity of Triumph motorbikes skyrocketed after the release of the 1953 film, The Wild One. Starring Marlon Brando as an outlaw biker, the motorbike that’s used is a Triumph Thunderbird 6T. It’s believed the 6T was the first motorcycle in film history to clearly display its tank badge.
According to rumours, the 6T was destroyed after the film attracted bad publicity. Nobody wanted to deal with a real biker gang looking to get their hands on the it, so the bike was dismantled.
Coogan’s Bluff, Triumph TR6
In Coogan’s Bluff, Clint Eastwood played a grizzled sheriff who’d arrived in Arizona to capture a murderer called Jimmy Ringerman. Eventually, Ringerman tried to escape on a 500 cc Triumph T100 R Daytona and Eastwood chased him on a 650 cc Triumph TR6. The scene was well-shot and showed off the power of both motorbikes.
Jurassic World, Triumph Scrambler
A more recent example of a Triumph being used is in 2015’s Jurassic World. Chris Pratt played the resident velociraptor handler and rode a Triumph Scrambler to keep up with the dinosaurs while they were hunting the Indominus Rex. Three custom bikes were built for Pratt and he loved them so much that he took one home with him. Another Scrambler was shipped to Triumph HQ to be put on display and the third was auctioned off to raise money for prostate cancer research.