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Rudge Special

Rudge Special in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Movie, 1943 IMDB

Class: Bikes, Road — Model origin: UK

Rudge Special

Position 0:03:08 [*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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Sunbar UK

2008-12-08 11:58

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Not certain that all of the bikes in the group are the same. edit: The second thumbnail depicts what should be the same bike as in the main picture. The rider is forced off the bike by running a cable or chain across his path.

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2491tj EN

2008-12-08 13:54

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BSA M20

nzcarnerd NZ

2008-12-08 19:48

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Most definitely not BSA M20 - that is a side valve machine. This doesn't look like any of the usual British military machines of WW2 - Matchless G3, Norton 16H, Veleocette etc. It appears to have the rear part of the frame made from square section tube. I suspect it is something european - maybe a Terrot?? The machine in the second thumbnail is different. Note the lack of an air filter on this machine - the mix of road dust and oil served to wear the engines out very quickly on bikes of this era!

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nzcarnerd NZ

2008-12-09 09:30

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I think this machine might be a Rudge. Compare the top end of the motor with this one http://www.motorbike-search-engine.co.uk/classic_bikes/rudge%20ulster.jpg If it is, it is rare to see one as a military machine. More research to get more details.

nzcarnerd NZ

2008-12-09 09:37

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Found a better pic. 1937 Rudge Special. http://www.asl-testsite.co.uk/motors/normal/Rudge-Special-1937.jpg I dare say the bike in the movie is not necessarily 1937.

Sunbar UK

2008-12-09 12:17

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A Rudge looks the same to me. (But I know very little about bikes!)

The bike is unlikely to be actually one used by the military. Unlike most other patriotic movies being produced at the time, the movie company did not have any support from the British government or therefore the armed services. They would have had to find whatever machines were possible. It would have been extremely difficult to make the movie at the time compared to the extensive support given to the normal "flag waving", patriotic ones favoured by Government.

Churchill saw the storyline as being pro-German even though the German officer depicted was anti-Nazi. On the other-hand throughout most of the movie the English officer was shown as from an earlier era and not being ruthless or aggressive enough in defeating the enemy.

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