Let’s bring in the New Year with a Motorcycle Movie and start the year off right!
Our movie this month is “The Road Racers.”
We’ll have snacks and beverages, but bring a chair if you can!
“Many film makers have tried to capture the essence of road racing, often with mixed results. Most have failed to find the right balance between the fascinating personalities and explosive action that make the sport such a stunning spectacle. Richard de Aragues, the director of the 2010 TT film Closerto the Edge, managed to capture some sense of this heady mixture. But DeAragues, and almost everyone else who has ever pointed a camera in the direction of a bike flashing down a closed public road, has paid homage tothe film that paved the way for all of their efforts. The 1977 documentary, Road Racers, which followed the exploits of the legendary but fated trio of Irish road racers, Joey Dunlop, Mervyn Robinson and Frank Kennedy, set the standard against which every other bike racing film is measured.
Fans will recall the beautifully recorded scenes of Dunlop, Kennedy and Robinson’s unofficial practice sessions on the country lanes around the Co Antrim village of Armoy where the trio all lived. David Wallace, the man behind those unforgettable images, is a native of Dunloy, just a few miles down the road towards Belfast. Just 26 years old when he made his masterpiece, Wallace had been working as an assistant director in London for the BBC when he decided to return to Northern Ireland in 1977 to make a film about his homeland.”