Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia poster
Director David Lean
Actors Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins
MetaScore 100
Year 1962
Minutes 216
Category Movie
Genres Adventure Biography Drama
Awards Won 7 Oscars. Another 23 wins & 14 nominations.

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

Triumph SD

Triumph SD minor vehicle
Actor David Lean

Thomas Edward Lawrence, known as Lawrence of Arabia, died on a Brough Superior Model SS100 1932 on May, 19th 1935 The movie bike is probably a Brough Superior but which model? The 'Clouds Hill' bike on which he crashed is thought to be this one, "George VII" or 'GW 2275'.... looks quite a bit different. To me the movie shows an earlier model but which one? Catalogue details of some Brough Superiors This bike is not a Brough-Superior, they didn't begin production until after the war and were all twins, this bike is a single. My first guess is Singer. Do you know that's David Lean riding it.

This is a picture taken on the set of Lawrence of Arabia in 1961 Here is the article accompanying it. I wonder if it is the same machine as pictured here. It is a Triumph model H. Looks like a Triumph model H to me

It's not a Triumph model H and is definitely not a Brough! If this is the photo of the bike that we're talking about then it looks like a Triumph SD. We assume this because it has chain rear drive (not a belt) and the hand gear change is mounted on the tank (the H has a gear lever directly mounted on the gearbox up to 1920 and thereafter has a link system via a mounting on the vertical frame tube below the saddle. It also has the SD type enclosed fork spring which although at one point was catalogued for the H was possibly not supplied on the H except by special order. The SD is similar to the H in many other ways and is essentially an updated version of the H. The SD was made from approximately 1920 - 1927. Those strange front mudguard stays are to channel water away from the rider.