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Never-before-seen footage with Bob Hannah color commentating the real story of what happened on April 5th, 1981 at Saddleback Park
FULLERTON, CALIF. (May 15th, 2009) – After over a year in the making, the iconic Bob “Hurricane” Hannah’s story of his epic battle with National Champion Kent Howerton at Saddleback Park in 1981 is coming to DVD. The release of “Bob Hurricane Hannah’s 1981 Massacre at Saddleback” will be released on Friday May 22nd, online and at the first round of the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championships at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA.
The 50-minute film is featured around actual video footage shot with Bob’s Yamaha mechanic Keith McCarty’s early home video camcorder. Most of Moto #1 and Moto #2 were shot featuring the dramatic on-track duel between Hannah and Howerton leading up to the famous “T-Bone” Hannah did to Howerton in Moto #1 and the fierce battle of Moto #2 where neither man was more than two seconds apart and the lead changed several times over the course of the now long extinct 45-minute moto (today’s races are only 35 minutes).
In a unique format and perspective, Hannah himself color commentates the film footage watching with the viewers and explaining what is going on with himself, his rival Howerton, his over-weight Yamaha, the fans etc. while fielding an occasional question from Director and Producer of “The Motocross Files”, Todd Huffman.
“I’m just stoked the darn McCarty tape survived all this time.” said Bob “Hurricane” Hannah, 7-Time National AMA Champion and Executive Producer.
“We’ve been talking about this race for almost 30 years and now everyone can see it for themselves.” Hannah added.
“When we first saw clips of this footage during the production of Bob’s MX-File, we knew that it could be a great stand alone production that every moto fan past and present should see.” Said Todd Huffman, Director/Producer.
“Working with Terri and Bob on this project has been a real honor and we hope everyone enjoys it.”. Huffman added.
“We’re thrilled with the final production and can’t wait for a whole new generation of fans to be “Hannitized” because of this DVD.” Mentioned Terri Hannah, Executive Producer and Producer of the film.
The DVD also features a bonus production of the 1981 Saddleback story by the crew from “The Motocross Files” and features never before seen interview footage from Bob Hannah and his longtime Yamaha mechanic and friend, Keith McCarty. Additional bonus features on the DVD include the trailer for the film, Hannah’s roast during the 2007 “One Chance to Win” Premier and the promo for the “2008 Monsters of Motocross” charity event where Bob Hannah was the Master of Ceremony.