It's one of the most iconic moments in movie history — Steve McQueen leaping the barbed wire fence at the German-Swiss border on a motorcycle in The Great Escape.

And fans of the war film will be able to sit astride the famous Triumph motorcycle at a classic bike show next month.

The owner of the TT Special 650 Triumph rode by McQueen the climactic scene, who lives in Scotland, has loaned the bike to Sowerby Bridge Classic Bike and Scooter Show for one day only.

Steve McQueen and the famous motorcycle in the Great Escape
Steve McQueen and the famous motorcycle in the Great Escape

The special appearance on May 29 will raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Blood Bikers, who provide rapid response transportation of blood and other medical items.

People can pay £1 sit on The Great Escape motorcycle and post for a picture, complete with a backdrop of the original film poster and signpost.

Steve McQueen in The Great Escape, 1963

The Classic Bike and Scooter Show will be held at Shire Crusiers Wharf, Sowerby Bridge, on May 29 from 10.30am.

As well as Steve McQueen's famous motorcycle, the show will feature pre-1980s bikes and scooters, with competitions for best in class and best in show.

If you would like to enter you classic bike or scooter, call Dave Roberts on 01422 836044 or visit

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