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    A new DVD has just been released called 'Enduro Classics' (Volume 2), by 'Duke Marketing' (http://www.dukevideo.com/.) As this covers the 1960 and 1965 events it may well contain some interesting Greeves footage. Also included is the final round of the 1981 European Two Day Enduro Championships, as the sport developed (?!) into the 'modern' format. I haven't seen it yet so I can't comment further, but as Greeves were well represented in '60 and '65 I'd hope they'd be something in there for Thundersley fans, maybe even a glimpse of Sammy Miller on his works International....before his sleeve bolt 'let go' anyway...! For more details click on the link below;

    'Enduro Classics'-Volume 2. http://www.dukevideo.com/Bikes/DVD/O...ics-Vol-2.aspx

    Listed below are some of the other commercially available DVDs, with most containing Greeves footage to a greater or lesser extent, that may be of interest to members.

    'Six From The Scottish.' http://www.dukevideo.com/Bikes/DVD/O...ttish-DVD.aspx
    Lots of Greeves footage, including action from the 1952, '53, '59', '63, and '69 events. Highly recommended!

    'This Is Yorkshire.' http://www.dukevideo.com/Bikes/DVD/O...story-DVD.aspx
    A great value compilation containing sixteen lovely old films from the '50's and '60's covering in the main trials like the Scott and Allan Jeffries, but also the Ilkley Grand National, Scrambles, Sports Car Trials, and lots more. Again, highly recommended!

    'Scrambling In The Fifties.' http://www.dukevideo.com/Bikes/DVD/O...-50-S-DVD.aspx
    This has some rare Brian Stonebridge and Dave Bickers footage, and also includes all the greats from the era (Jeff Smith, Dave Curtis, Jeff Ward, Johnny Giles, Don Rickman, Arthur Lampkin et al.) Events include; 1955 Victory Cup Trial; 1956 Experts Grand National Scramble; 1956 and '58 Lancashire Grand Point To Point; 1956 Lancashire Grand National; 1959 20th. Cotswold Scramble. Cracking stuff!

    'The Roughriders.' http://www.dukevideo.com/Bikes/DVD/O...-60-S-DVD.aspx
    Although no Greeves footage to speak of, this is still a fantastic 'double bill' of films, with the first being 'The Roughriders' from the late '60's, with Jeff Smith and Arthur Lampkin on the works BSA's taking on Rolf Tibblin, Bill Nilsson et al at several classic venues, including Hawkstone Park and Namur in Sweden. The second film is called 'Three In Europe' and follows John Banks, Vic Eastwood, Dave Nichol and Keith Hickman on the championship trail in 1969, up against the likes of Roger DeCoster and Bengt Aberg. Also included is footage from the Luxembourg, French and Swiss MX GP's.

    'Enduro Classics'-Volume 1. http://www.dukevideo.com/Bikes/DVD/O...ssics-DVD.aspx
    Again, no Greeves footage to speak of here, but nonetheless an excellent compilation of period ISDT films, with events from Italy, Austria and Wales during 1951, '52 and '54. Interlinked with the footage are reminiscences from gold medal winners such as Jeff Smith, Eddie Dow, Brian Martin and Norman Vanhouse. There is also footage of the famous Maudes Trophy victory for BSA, when the team rode from Birmingham to Vienna and back to Oslo (a 4,500 mike round trip), and competed in the ISDT 'en route', with none of the riders dropping a single mark! (Volume 2 has just been released-for details see the top of this post.)

    'On Any Sunday.' http://www.dukevideo.com/Bikes/DVD/B...c-Set-DVD.aspx
    The all time classic 1970's bike movie....nuff said! If you haven't seen it yet you really should!!! Financed by Steve McQueen and filmed by Bruce Brown, there is simply too much 'good stuff' to list here! Greeves footage includes loads of Desert Racing action, and the beautifully photographed 'Dunes Riding' end sequence, with Mert Lawwill riding a Challenger (badged as a Harley due to his contractual obligations!!!), with Steve McQueen and Malcom Smith on Husqvarna's. In my opinion one of the best films ever made about motorcycling, and then some! Try to get the three-disc box set if you can, as it's well worth it for all the extra footage and bonus features.

    It's always well worth trying other sources (such as Amazon; http://www.amazon.co.uk/) as there are often some bargains to be had.

    Brian.
    Last edited by Brian Thompson; 30/11/2010, 02:47 PM. Reason: Links added.

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    [QUOTE=Brian Thompson;4812] Financed by Steve McQueen and filmed by Bruce Brown, there is simply too much 'good stuff' to list here! Greeves footage includes loads of Desert Racing action, and the beautifully photographed 'Dunes Riding' end sequence, with Mert Lawill riding a Challenger (badged as a Harley due to his contractual obligations!!!), with Steve McQueen and Malcom Smith on Husqvarna's.

    Brian.[/ Hi Brian - This is a brilliant film - I thought Mert was riding a Griffon 380 Twin Port - with Harley Tank - as this was his own bike - Cheers Kim]

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    • #3
      On any Sunday films

      I agree the original On any Sunday film was brilliant, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoEKHkvJIkQ this is just the trailer but the whole film is on You Tube in 9 parts. Part 1 starts here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whjvi...eature=related
      Incidentally On Any Sunday 2 was a poor follow up, its also on You Tube.
      Last edited by John Wakefield; 30/11/2010, 12:45 PM. Reason: You Tube link added

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      • #4
        Mert Lawwill's Greeves.

        Originally posted by Kim275 View Post
        Hi Brian - This is a brilliant film - I thought Mert was riding a Griffon 380 Twin Port - with Harley Tank - as this was his own bike - Cheers Kim
        Hi Kim,

        I first heard 'the deal' on this when I discovered Mark Hanna's excellent Greeves website several years ago, and I think from what you say it is this that you are refering to as well. I think you may have misread what Mark wrote on there mate. Here is a direct quote from the relevent page (http://www.kivas.com/greeves/oas/oas.html) ;

        "The classic motorcycle movie ON ANY SUNDAY contains quite a few Greeves shots. Even though Greeves had peaked when the movie was filmed (primarily in 1970/71), Greeves were still successfully competing. Most people do not realize that a Greeves 360 Challenger was featured in the signature "cow trailing" scenes with Mert Lawwill, Steve McQueen, and Malcolm Smith. The Challenger was Mert's personal bike. Since he was as a sponsored rider, he covered the Greeves stickers with Harley Sprint labels, which confused many people." Below are screen captures from some of the clearer Greeves shots".

        00:28:15 The first clear Greeves shot is a Griffon 380 "Twin Piper".


        I believe the 380 twin port you mentioned is in fact the first Greeves to appear in the film (see above) and not the one that Mert Lawwill was riding in the 'dunes' sequence. Besides, I don't think many Griffons had alloy beam frames....!

        Pic 1 below shows Mert Lawwill jumping his Harley badged 360-complete with alloy beam, Greeves tank and underslung pipe, and pic 2 shows the first Greeves to appear in the film as mentioned by MH above (the 380 Griffon), at 28mins 15 secs. Both are screen shots direct from the original film on MH's website. I seem to remember that the tale of Mert Lawwill's re-badged Greeves is also mentioned in one of the 'extra features'/interviews in the special edition 3-disc box set of the film that I have. Don't know if those are on YouTube as well.....

        Brian.
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        Last edited by Brian Thompson; 30/11/2010, 02:58 PM. Reason: Pics added.

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        • #5
          So this is Yorkshire.Classic trials DVD

          I,ve just bought So this is Yorkshire DVD new from "The Works" bookshop for 5 if anybody is interested.I think its still about 16 from Duke marketing.A bargain!!

          http://www.dukevideo.com/Bikes/DVD/O...story-DVD.aspx
          Last edited by Brian Thompson; 10/05/2012, 11:36 PM. Reason: Threads merged and link added for extra info-thanks for the post Stuart.

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