Feb 5, 2015

Bud Ekins

 James Sherwin "Bud" Ekins (1930-2007) was a desert and off-road motorcycle racing legend, and a pioneer in the birth of motocross. Bud was born in Los Angeles. His father owned a welding shop. Bud spent two years in a reform school after a joy ride in a stolen car. Beginning in the 1950's, Bud owned a motorcycle dealership and several celebrities, including Steve McQueen, would hang out there. Bud later became one of the leading collectors of vintage and rare motorcycles. Bud was a member of the Stuntmen's Association, and in 1999, he was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

Below: In "The Great Escape" (1963), Bud performed one of the most memorable stunts in movie history. Doubling Steve McQueen, Bud jumped a Triumph motorcycle, traveling 60mph, to a height of 12 feet over a barbed wire fence.

Below: Bud (left) with Steve McQueen.

Below: Great shot of Bud, doubling Michael Parks, in "Then Came Bronson" (1969).

Below: Bud doubled Charlton Heston in "The Omega Man" (1971)

Below: Bud (right) appeared in "The Next Karate Kid" (1994) with Pat Morita (left).