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Motocross (1971)

William Mackie

Sound | 1971

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  •  Roger De Coster, one of the most famous motocross racers of all time 
  •  John DeSoto, “Flyin’ Hawaiian,” famous motocross racer 
  •  Drivers and mechanics prepare the bikes before the race 
  •  Sylvain Geboers, famous Belgian motocross racer during the late 60s and early 70s 
  •  The race begins 
  •  Slow-motion photography 
  •  Jackie O’Leary tends to a leg injury 
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Produced by University of Texas at Austin students Fred Holmes, Courtney Goodin, and Donald Flint, Motocross is a 1971 documentary that captures a motocross race in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Racer Jackie O’Leary provides narration throughout the film, explaining the ins and outs of the sport. Clips include brief appearances by famous racers, including Roger de Cooster, John Desoto, and Sylvain Geboers. The second half of the documentary captures the actual race with a combination of slow-motion and real-time photography. Holmes went on to direct Barney & Friends (1997-2009), Forget Me Not: The Anne Frank Story (1996), and Dakota (1988). Goodin worked in the sound department for Dexter (2007-2011), Honey I Blew Up the Kids (1992), and Shogun Assassin (1980). Bill Mackie was a professor in the Radio-Television-Film Department at the University of Texas. He now works as an independent broadcast media professional.