Brad Lackey Statement About Danny "Magoo" Chandler's Passing and Status of Van Fund 7

Danny "Magoo" Chandler

May 6, 2010 - FULLERTON, CA

It is with mixed emotions that I write to Danny's friends and
the world. While we are all extremely saddened by the sudden passing of
our friend and my little motocross brother, we are also happy that
Danny is at peace now. He is
probably already looking at how to turn one cloud's double into a
triple and see if he can do it with one foot off and one hand off his
bent handlebar!

Danny and I grew up racing in Northern California together and taking
on our rival "SoCal" racers knowing that we would have something to
prove. Danny was always up for the challenge. The red-headed dynamo
from the Sierra Nevada
foothills always amazed me and other much more experienced and
accomplished riders with his fully-pinned approach to straights, turns
and of course, jumps.

I was very proud of him yet hardly surprised when I learned that he had decimated the competition at the 1982 Trophee and Motocross des Nations
winning all four motos. It's what I would have expected out of Danny.
brought a smile to my face later when I heard a story about an official
from one of the des Nations events. Apparently he complained to Danny's
team manager and my friend Roger DeCoster that Danny was riding too
crazy, clipping trees on
his jumps, etc. He said he was going to hurt himself. Roger simply just
showed the official Danny's lap times and walked away.

This is how we all will remember Magoo.

In the past 12 months a lot of great people and I have worked toward
getting Danny a new van to improve his way of life, which had
deteriorated since his 1985 accident in Paris. I know Danny was excited
about it and extremely appreciative
to all those who contributed. He was genuinely surprised and humbled at
the outpouring of support by all of his fans. Although he never got the
chance to ride in his new van, he did see pictures of it and approved
the new graphics that
were being applied at the time of his passing. He really thought they
were cool.

I just wish I had started the van project sooner.

As they say about hindsight, even a year or two earlier would've given
Danny the opportunity to enjoy his life and do more of things he wished
he could have done before Tuesday, May 4th. Now, as this is all
swirling about for Lori and I,
we are conscious of what should happen with the unfinished van project
and all the fine individuals and companies that contributed. There will
be decisions made in due time; all with Danny's and his family's best
intentions in mind. The
van was going to improve Danny's life by giving him the ability to get
out and continue his passion for teaching kids motorcycle and motocross
safety and I'm confident and hopeful that we can continue to fulfill at
least part of Danny's
mission. As soon as Danny's affairs have been settled, we'll have a
better idea of what to do and we'll let the public know. Please bear
with us and understand that whatever decisions are made, they will be
done with concern, forethought
and guidance by others close to Danny and the van project.

I will miss Danny with all my heart and I want to thank everyone around
the world who felt the same about the incredible Mr. Magoo.

Brad Lackey

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