Archive for ‘Film and TV’

July 11, 2018

Gotta clear the fence Hilts!

Belanglos reden – today we see out pal Steve and Bud in German Wehrmacht grey uniforms on some alpen meadow discussing tactics for the infamous chase scene in TGE. The Bikes are Triumph TR6’s dressed up to look like the R75 BMW’s that the Heer forces utilized.

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June 14, 2018

Rovers Return

Corrie Bonnie – leather clad actor and 1970’s children’s television presenter Derek Griffith is looking calm and collected perched aside this classic Triumph. The setting is Coronation Street, location of the long, long running kitchen-sink soap opera.

June 13, 2018

Time Changes Everything

Far from the Madding Crowd – another Tom Hardy but this time the brutish actor, not the novelist from South West England. He’s happy to be surly next to a modern Triumph Scrambler. Photo from tomhardy.org

June 12, 2018

Charles Bronson? Who?

Max is Mad – actor Tom Hardy always gives an outstanding performance to whatever role he’s portraying. Sometimes with nary a gruffly spoken line or the smallest of a glint in his eye; but you can always tell he gives all making any of his movies very watchable. But he’s looking pretty stoked in this selfie with a perdy lookin’ Triumph Thruxton behind him.

June 11, 2018

Wrestlemania

Between a Rock & a Hard Place – former wrestler and current blockbuster action movie hero Dwayne Johnson gives the camera a surly stare down whilst astride the appropriately sized Triumph Rocket Three. All 2300cc of engine needed to haul the big part Samoan along the highway.

June 7, 2018

He Is The Law!

Dredd – Forget the Stallone Dredd; the one to watch is with Karl Urban, who gave his all to the lantern jawed, growling lawman of Mega City One in the 2012 Film. Here the antipodean actor looks quite at home on his caféd Bonneville. He’s also 46 today.

May 24, 2018

Jim Stark

James Dean only starred in a handful of films, but what movies he did have remained powerful examples in the media. This Triumph Thunderbird advert puts a twist on one such title with the promotion of uncompromising motors. “You’re tearing me apart!”

May 23, 2018

Cowboy

Cheyenne- he was a big dude with mellow baritone voice and perfectly cast as Cheyenne Bodie for 8 seasons back in the late fifties. Clint Walker, who passed away a couple of days ago at the sturdy age of 90. enjoyed riding, either equine or moto. Here he makes his BSA B40 single look like a pony on the trail. That’s Andra Martin who portrayed an Arapaho captive in another Clint Walker movie Yellowstone Kelly, about an Indian tracker.

May 21, 2018

White Lightning

Boon – gravel voiced and surly: that was the typical characters portrayed by Michael Elphick. As retired fireman in this particular role he rode around on a ’68 BSA Lightning in a Lone Ranger like fashion carrying out courier work as well as private eye shenanigans.

April 7, 2018

Who do you think you are kidding Mr Hitler?

Dad’s Army – classic BBC comedy from the seventies. Currently being repeated on Netflix; well written, and superbly acted. Captain Mainwaring and his second in command Sergeant Wilson in charge of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard which includes Lance Corporal Jones, Privates Frazer, Walker, Godfrey and Pike…

March 24, 2018

Border Fence

Hilts – March 24th . Today would have been Steve McQueen’s 88th Birthday. The Great Escape is my favorite film.

March 16, 2018

The Lasso of Truth

Wonder Woman – Friday’s Femme Moto is Gal Gadot who is the current Amazonian Princess superhero from DC Comics. She looks the part by her black Ducati.

February 10, 2018

Eranu or Uvavu

Shooting Stars – Funnyman Vic Reeves recently told the story of racing legend and hero Barry Sheene’s life of speed and triumph on a BBC documentary. As Jim Moir, his real name, he gets to ride the early mount, a 125cc Suzuki, which our Baz cut his teeth on around the GP circuits of the early seventies. The other machine on show is the world beating XR14 it’s red, yellow, black and white livery the very thing of boyhood dreams. The screaming demonic 500cc Suzuki was the ideal foil to Kenny Roberts Yamaha.

February 4, 2018

OHMSS

We have all the time in the World – Double Oh Seven actor George Lazenby only played James Bond once; however feeling that the Cold War misogynistic spy was a dated character he didn’t sign on for further adventures. He took the role to heart however enjoying a sixties lifestyle knowing he was the coolest fellow in a tux toting a Walther PPK. The superbike of the day was the Trident/Rocket 3 from the Triumph/BSA stable. He got hold of one to commute to Pinewood Studios when filming began.

February 3, 2018

Mason Dixon

Stormin’ Norman – here’s Walking Dead’s Daryl looking proud astride a beautiful black Triumph Tiger. No crossbow but the wax Belstaff jacket may keep the zombies at bay.