The 1970’s and the 80’s was considered the Golden age of motocycle racing. Unlike today where the riders are essentially machines, following a strict regime of training, diet and abstinence, the 70’s was the opposite. Playboys ruled the track and women’s hearts. Sex was considered safe and motorcycle racing dangerous. And no one has done it better than Barry Sheene, the 1976 and 1977 World Champion. If you are new to motorcycle racing, you should know that Sheen is what James Hunt was to F1 in the golden era. He was a rascal, a playboy, an adorable bloke and a fearless racer. He was equal parts skill, looks, and charm. Now, the Barry Sheene biopic is to hit the screens soon!
Barry Sheene was the last British Motorcycle Racing world champion in the 500cc Premier Class. But fortunately, Danny Kent won the Moto 3 world championship in 2015 and brought back the glory of a world title to Great Britain. Barry Sheene was a legend. He also had numerous crashes, the first of those happened at the Daytona 200. He crashed at 170mph, breaking his left thigh, right arm, collarbone and two ribs. While doctors thought it was the end of his racing career, Barry was back on the bike in just seven weeks. The second time, in 1982, when he crashed at 170mph, he crushed both of his legs. Two stainless steel posts, two steel plates, 30 screws and an year later, Barry Sheene was back, Bionic Barry was the man, and there was nothing that could stop him from racing again. He was also the man who invented the back protector that all riders today use. Take a look at the teaser for the movie.
While not much has been revealed about the movie, it is known that the movie is based on Steve Parrish and Nick Harris’s work – Barry: The Story of Motorcycling Legend Barry Sheene. There has been no word about the actors, or what the release date would be. With movies on motorcycle racing such as Faster, Fastest, Hitting the Apex and Road having set the standards for such movies quite high, the biopic comes with a lot of expectations. Whether it lives up to the name and reputation of the man himself, we have to wait and watch. Let us know what you think of the teaser in the comments.
That being said, maybe a movie on Valentino Rossi would be a good addition in the future. What do you think?