I stumbled upon this vintage On Any Sunday clip on Youtube and thought it was worth a share and some comments.
It is these few minutes of footage that more or less shaped my entire life; Malcolm, Bruce Brown and the ISDT. In my opinion, no one has ever produced a motorcycle movie that could rival the Bruce Brown method. The method seems so simple, but most movie makers get caught up in the action more than the story. Bruce concentrated on the story. That is to say that he took the footage, the action, then sort of wrote the story backwards to match the result. Because ultimately it is the story that endures. If it happens to be a bit embellished, who cares, the emotion it leaves will long outlast the race result of the day.
For me it was these few minutes in Spain that have endured and shaped my riding and racing. From the day I first saw this, I believed there was nothing greater or more exotic than riding the ISDT. Having been there, the ISDE, a few times, the story line here still rings true. It is the very tiniest details that still evoke that emotion for me. That moment when the clock ticks over on your start minute. Those few seconds of dead silence as you kick a cold motorcycle to life. The slight sense of dread when it fails to fire on the second kick. The sense of fatigue and determination on the face of the riders. Those are the emotions that Brown so masterfully captured on film and edit.
If you don’t own a copy of On Any Sunday, you should. It’s fresh and relevant today as ever.