THE INTERNATIONAL SIX DAY TRIAL {ISDT} - 7th to 12th September 1964 in Erfurt, East Germany...
       
   
   

Hollywood’s most famous biker has been regularly celebrated for not only his riding in The Great Escape (as both escapee Hilts AND pursuing Germans, aboard, not Wermacht BMWs but Bud Ekins-prepared TR5 Triumphs), but also simply because he was a good rider – so good he and a bunch of mates were allowed to be the first team to represent the USA at the International Six Days Trial (ISDT) in 1964, in East Germany. Less well known is that, en-route, the team visited the Triumph factory at Meriden to pick up their bikes, which is why his famous machine, no. 278, bears a British registration plate.

     
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/motorcycle_manufacturers/triumph/10698095/Steve-McQueens-introduction-to-Triumph-motorcycles.html
   
   

   

 

   
 
In 1964, McQueen and Ekins were part of a four-rider (plus one reserve) first-ever official US team-entry into the Silver Vase category of the International Six Days Trial, an Enduro-type off-road motorcycling event held that year in ErfurtEast Germany. The 'A' team arrived in England in late August to collect their mix of 649 cc and 490 cc twins from the Triumph factory before modifying them for off-road use. Initially let down with transport arrangements by a long-established English motorcycle dealer, Triumph dealer H&L Motors stepped-in to provide a suitable vehicle...
     
   

 

     
   

"I have just been taking a look at your article on the 1964 International Six Day Trial posted on your ‘The Great Escape locations’ website. There is a small mention of the role H&L Motors played in the tour and we would like to write a short article on the matter for our website. I was wondering if there were any images you could grant us permission to use? Or if you could point me in the direction of someone that could? There are some wonderful images of McQueen at the Triumph factory in Meriden, for example."

H&L, 70-72 Wellington Road, Twickenham, TW2 5NX

 

https://federicodecalifornia.wordpress.com/tag/triumph/

Location: Meriden Triumph Factory

{The USA team visited the Meriden Triumph factory in 1964, where there were two factories, to pick up their triumph bikes, which is why his famous machine, no. 278, bears a British registration plate...}

 

{Steve McQueen and John Steen}

 

From left, Dave Ekins, Bud Ekins, Steve McQueen, John Steen, unknown man and Cliff Coleman}

 

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/speedtracktales.com/2013/01/23/the-price-of-fame-steve-mcqueen-and-the-isdt/amp/

http://www.aceclassics.co.uk/steve-mcqueen-1964-isdt-replica-bikes/

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/nostalgia/triumph-workers-meriden-motorcycle-factory-9554810.amp

   

   
Don 
I think all the old photos that you have sent are of the old "Number 1" factory, which was completely demolished in 1984. As far as I know, absolutely nothing of that factory still exists (the site is where Bonneville Close now is) They certainly don't match any of my photos of the Number 2 factory (which still exists on the other side of the road about 100 yards away)
Regards
John

 

   
Don
I forgot to say - a note about the registration of the bike on your website is incorrect- the registration BNX 822B is a Warwickshire registration (issued by Warwick licensing office, as you might expect when Triumph was based in Warwickshire), not a Dudley one. You might have got the idea of Dudley from the listing on Wikipedia, but that's wrong.
Regards
John
   

 

 

Location: Comerfords Triumph, Thames Ditton...

The USA team modify their triumph bike at Comerfords

   

{Comerfords in 1930}

 

   

 

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

{Steve McQueen walks through the Comerfords showroom in 1964 with Portsmouth Road in Thames Ditton behind him and a minor road called City Wharse now possibly Ditton Reach}

     
   

   

 

The building to the right of Comerfords showroom still exists today - as seen by the white makings down the side of the house...

   

   

   

Opposite the demolished site where the Comerfords showroom stood still stand the houses. But 'Ditton Reach' and the new modern cul-de-sac of homes exist today...

   

 

     
   

 

   

 

   

Comerfords in Portsmouth Road, Thames Ditton closed and moved to Walton-on-Thames and then to its present location in Letherhead now known as CI Sports MD (0137238000).

The original 'Comerfords' site was taken over by the new 'Brooke House' Dagenham Motors in the 1980's...

   

   

   

   

 

 

 

Location: KING'S ROAD...

After modifying his Triumph bike at Comerfords, Steve McQueen spends his spare time riding through King's Road...

   

     
   

       
    Location: King's road in Chelsea opposite the Chelsea Old Town Hall. The Chelsea Fire Station is in the background...
   

   

 

 

298 King's Road - opposite direction - towards The Cardogan Arms Pub on the corner at the traffic lights...

{1, Carlyle Square with the 'bricked' up windows facing the King's Road, Chelsea in London - opposite is the 'Made In Italy' restaurant at 249 King's Road}

 

Where did Steve McQueen live during his stay in London before travelling to East Germany for the ISDT...

'Oglivy House' is where Steve McQueen lived with his friends in 1964 before travelling to East Germany for the ISDT...

Details: http://www.budanddaveekins.com/the-house-on-canal-road/ 

 In the website above it states that Steve McQueen stayed in a 3 story house owned by the Ogilvy family - described by Dave Ekins as "Ogilvy House on Canal road"...What he meant was that the house was along a canal which led to Little Venice and Google map which appears to have given a match...
 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: East Germany...

The USA team compete against other teams in early September 1964

   

{The American International Six Days Trial team. From left, Dave Ekins, John Steen (reserve rider), Steve McQueen "on his toes", Cliff Coleman and Bud Ekins}

 

   
     
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

   

   

   

   

     
   

https://selvedgeyard.com/2013/11/08/the-house-on-canal-road-isdt-1964-legendary-tales-as-told-by-dave-ekins/

   

   

Steve McQueen broke a wrist and Bud Ekins broke his ankle in East Germany...

       
   

       

 

 

 

 

Bud Ekins shop - 1 {19256 Ventura Blvd.}

   

 

Bud Ekins shop - 2 {14803 Ventura Blvd.}

   

 

Bud Ekins shop - 3 {14460 Ventura Blvd.,Sherman Oaks}

   

(Bud Ekins Motorcycle shop on the left - 1960's)

   

   

Bud Ekins desk was on the right on entering Bud's motorcycle shop...

   

 

http://www.elvisechoesofthepast.com/steve-mcqueen-the-king-of-cool-1963/

 

 

   
   
   
    The parking lot in the back yard of Bud Ekins shop...1964 after breaking his wrist in East Germany
   
   
   
http://bit.ly/2zRpuFU
   
     
   
    Van

Van Dutch working in Bud Ekins motorcycle shop...

     
     
     
     
   

     

 

 

   
    http://justacarguy.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/id-bet-this-is-bud-ekins-work-truck-he.html?m=1
     
   
   
     

 

 

 

    Steve McQueen riding on Mulholland Highway...a scenic road in Los Angeles County, California, that runs approximately 50 miles through the western Santa Monica Mountains.

https://www.wired.com/2014/02/mulholland-the-snake/
 

   
   

{Map of Mulholland Drive (orange) and Mulholland Highway (brown) in Los Angeles County}
 

{1979}

   

Ed + Vern

purchased

THE ROCK STORE restaurant in 1963

located at 30354 Mulholland Highway, Cornell,

Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles

 

    http://www.obitoftheday.com/post/20961771109/edsavko
     
    The Rock Store opened in 1961 as a grocery store, later becoming a common motorcycle pit stop. It attracted motorcyclists and celebrities, including Steve McQueen...

 

Ed & Vern's Rock Store: https://vimeo.com/133315724.

 

   

{2011}

    Ed Savko died in April 2012...
     
   
   
   
   
   
     
     
     
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