Who here likes the classic moto movie On Any Sunday? The 1971 Bruce Brown documentary is a longtime favourite of serious motorcyclists, and indeed, it’s probably the film that launched more riding careers than any other … errrrr, except for Easy Rider, perhaps, and there’s hardly any comparison between the two.
On Any Sunday spawned a series of sequels over the years, three of them directed by Bruce Brown’s son Dana. None of them have really burned themselves into the public consciousness. But the short film above? Now that is an instant classic!
Narrated by Ichiban Moto (a longtime CMG favourite!), On Any Other Sunday is a look at the UK racing scene. The film’s synopsis on YouTube runs as follows:
“Hot shot and motorcycle racer Dave Schofield (Mert) is last year’s racing champion. To hold on to the championship he has entered the Sprint, Hill Climb and 500 events at the Malle Mile inappropriate motorcycle festival.
Dave is totally committed to his racing ambition. He spends at least ten minutes in his workshop preparing his highly tuned Honda Cub and Suzuki GS400 for racing. Dave and his dad, spend hours on the road, driving across the country to find the event. Within the busy weekends racing schedule, Dave always finds time to spend cherished moments with his eight fans, signing autographs and posing for selfies of himself.
As the racing action unfolds, sadly – due to alcohol poisoning and a recurring fungal infection – Dave’s not on form and cannot get the points needed to retain his championship title – this leaves four other contenders in a shoot-out for glory.”
In actuality, it’s just a goofy, fun look at the Malle Mile race, and it sure looks like fun. Like, Mad Bastard Scooter Rally-level fun, or Numb-Bum-on-a-scooter fun. Or Dawn-to-Dusk-on-a-250 fun. Sigh. Since nobody’s organizing anything fun like this in Canada these days, you can always arrange a flight to the UK and try your luck there at the Malle Mile in 2023; more details here!