FLASHBACK FRIDAY: JODY’S “MOTOCROSS IMMORTALS” FILM
Not your typical motocross video, this film was made by Jody Weisel 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 Motocross Immortals is nine 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 gala 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 Weisel 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, E.C. Birt, Kevin Crine, Danny “Magoo” Chandler, Rich Eierstedt, Eyvind Boyesen, Zoli Berenyi, Sr., John “Light Brown” Lancione, Rubin Helmin, Larry Escamilla, Richard Schilling, Jeff Eierstedt, Jesse Masterpool, Jeremy Lusk, 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, Troy Blake, Bill Nilsson, Dave Bickers, Drino Miller, Kasper Lynggaard, Scott Johnson, Andrew Renshaw, Ed Kretz, Jr., Kelvin Franks, DeWayne Jones, Gary Nixon, Kenny Zahrt, Steve Schmitz, Gennaday Moiseev, Hakan Carlqvist, Viktor Arbekov, Tim Hart, Sten Lundin, Feets Minert…and many more.”
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.
Take your time when watching this video, it is not a slam-bam jump video. It is a somber rememberance of the motocross racers that the sport lost.
MOTOCROSS IMMORTALS FILM
MONSTERS OF MOTOCROSS GALA FILM
If you missed the Monster of Motocross gala (which you probably did, since it was in 2008), you can still see it here in a full-length DVD. You don’t want to miss Bob Hannah’s hilarious parody film. It retails for $14.95 by clicking here