Starring Steve McQueen and a selection of motorbike riders and Hollywood stuntmen, it's a timeless portrait of the unequivocal joy that comes with being on a motorcycle. It was a film that brought the mainstream into our world, where it did not matter who you were Monday through Friday, as long as you were geared up and having more fun than the other guys on the weekend.
In the most basic sense, On Any Sunday revealed why we ride; director Bruce Brown simply spoke to us in his nonchalant tone and employed minimalist editing techniques to present the world of motorcycle racing in a way still unmatched to this day.
We ride because we love it, and we love it because it is fun. On Any Sunday, from the filming to the soundtrack, subscribed to the same philosophy. It is the goal of every motorcycle movie to inspire you to get on your gear and go ride, and Bruce nailed it. It was fun to watch and even more fun to get on the track immediately after.
More than four decades later, production on On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter begins. A production of Red Bull Media House and Freeride Entertainment, the sequel is being directed by Brown's son, Dana Brown, the man behind Step Into Liquid and Dust To Glory.
Once again, the mission is simple: open the world’s eyes to motorcycle racing, and more specifically, why we do it. The contemporary installment of the On Any Sunday saga – featuring Travis Pastrana, James Stewart and Marc Márquez and other professional riders – again looks poised to portray the never-ending love-hate (but mostly love) relationship that each and every motorcycle rider has with his machine. Wide-open, tyres sliding into turns, only inches from certain destruction, it is an addiction that rehab can't cure. It is time for the rest of society to see that again.
The original On Any Sunday spoke to the viewer at eye level. It left the pomp and circumstance at the door; we as riders just want to see Malcolm Smith with a grin on his face larger than any man should have while doing his ‘job’. The film took us into professional motorcycle racing, but with a loose emphasis on the term ‘professional’.
We saw guys who made a living racing motorcycles, or starred in major Hollywood productions, heading to the track with friends and doing what they and all the rest of us love to do. And now, we have a long overdue chapter to look forward to.
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