A team of nine ABRs from across the country will depart from RAF Biggin Hill on 4 June and plans to cover 3,000 miles in two weeks. Dubbed ‘The Great Escape 2’ the lads will travel via Dover to the Beaches of Dunkirk, then on in to Belgium and Holland before ending up at Trier train station, Germany, where Bushell was finally caught. They’ll also visit Stalag Luft III in Poland, where the great escape actually took place, and spend 24 hrs in the camp living on POW rations.
The trip has been organised by former British Motorcycle Federation director Dave Muckle and Metropolitan Police officer Peter ‘Spud’ Spowage. Joining them on the ride is Colin Kirby Green, son of Squadron Leader Tom Kirby Green, who escaped from the camp only to be later captured and killed by the Gestapo.
“My father was in the RAF and I’ve got friends who’ve been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan; I’ve reached the age where you want to put something back, not just put a few pennies into a box,” says Spowage.
“The film is iconic and we’re meeting so many people who share that passion. It’s becoming very personal for us.”
The team hopes to raise £10,000 for charity and will be using different variants of Triumph Bonneville in a tribute to the McQueen film, including one very special bike – an exact replica of Steve’s Triumph T100, which will be auctioned off after the ride.
Alongside Triumph, the team has received support from other UK businesses, including Feridax, which is supplying riders with Shoei Qwest helmets.