JODY’S “MOTOCROSS IMMORTALS” FILM: THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR TO LOOK BACK… AND REMEMBER THE GREATS ONE LAST TIME

December 24, 2012
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Not your typical motocross video, this film was made by Jody Weisel, with Todd Huffman, as a special feature for the “Monsters Of Motocross” gala back in November, 2008. It was shown to an audience of 800 hardcore motocross fans and an elite list of motocross greats, including Brad Lackey, Tony DiStefano, Bob Hannah, Marty Smith, Tommy Croft, Gary Jones, DeWayne Jones, Ron Lechien, Danny LaPorte, Rex Staten, Chuck Sun, David Bailey and many others. Even though it is five years old, it still tugs at the heart strings of every motocross racer. Sadly, because of when it was made it misses a few of the sport’s heroes who have passed away since, but they are still remembered as friends, competitors and heroes.


    The film was such a hit that people asked if the one-time film could be put up on the internet for more than just a handful of people to see. People still ask to see it to this day, so this is your chance to see Jody Weisel’s “Motocross Immortals.”


Jody said, “When I set out of make Motocross Immortals, my goals were selfish. I wanted to pay tribute to the people that I grew up watching, racing with and admiring. ‘Motocross Immortals’ was my way of saying thank you to people who I felt deserved to be remembered?not just by those of us who knew them, but by the generations that followed in their footsteps. It is commonplace to say that we owe the earlier generations a debt of gratitude for the contributions they made to the sport—but it is true.


   “I am sad to say that since I made this film with Todd Huffman back in 2008, we have lost even more of our friends. This film is dedicated to everyone who has ever raced a motocross bike, and with special love to those who have passed since it’s making.

“Godspeed to Andrew McFarlane, Phil Alderton, Dane Leimbach, Georges Jobe,  Aub Lebard, Bob Smith, Darin Motoda, E.C. Birt, Kevin Crine, Danny “Magoo” Chandler, Rich Eierstedt, Eyvind Boyesen, Tanner Krahenbuhl, Zoli Berenyi, Sr., John “Light Brown” Lancione, Rubin Helmin, Larry Escamilla, Richard Schilling, Nick Varner, Jeff Eierstedt, Jesse Masterpool, David Redmond, Jeremy Lusk, Mark Adams, Jim McNeil, Swian Zanoni, Jeff Kargola, Ashlee Sokalski, Lynn Nickerson, Jan Houtermans, Isabell Koob, Mike Cinqmars, Darwin Huckabee, Terry Pratt, Connor Penhall, Monte McCoy, Josh Lichtle, Brant Russell, Adolf Weil, Nathan Woods, Dr. Harry Hurt, Dave Chase, Hans Trunkenpolz, Bruce Ogilvie, Laroy Montgomery and Troy Blake…the number and the names are staggering for such a young sport.”

“I’m not ashamed to say that when Todd Huffman sent me the rough cut of the film back in 2008, with music and titles, to edit for the first time, it made me sad. It was tough to looked into the fresh young faces of people that I knew so well…people that are no longer with us. I hope you enjoy it. I hope it brings back good memories. And, I hope it makes you sad because that is the appropriate emotion for a film about our sport’s fallen heroes.”

Note: In the intro to the film there is a veritable potpourri of motocross heroes, many still living. Watch and see if you can spot Marty Tripes, David Bailey as a little kid on a bicycle, Joel Robert riding shotgun on a minibike, Don Jones wheelie up a hill on a Triumph (and seconds later a young Gary and Dewayne), Edison Dye, Torsten Hallman on the podium with Preston Petty, Jimmy Weinert putting on a plaid shirt, Malcolm Smith, Bob Hannah as a DG privateer and Danny Laporte sitting on the tank of his dad’s Hodaka.


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