On Any Sun­day’s di­rec­tor and nar­ra­tor Bruce Brown has died. His pro­fes­sion – mo­tor­cy­cle film maker

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Bruce Brown, the di­rec­tor and cre­ator of the iconic mo­tor­cy­cle film On Any Sun­day, passed away on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 10 aged 80.

Brown’s iconic film, re­leased in 1971, brought mo­tor­cy­cling into the main­stream. No other sin­gle piece of me­dia did more to fire the imag­i­na­tions for two-wheel fun and helped ban­ish the mis­con­cep­tion that mo­tor­cy­clists were largely law-break­ing hood­lums than the so-typ­i­cally 1970s-made movie.

“I think many peo­ple changed their minds about mo­tor­cy­clists af­ter watch­ing the movie,” Brown once said about the film that was nom­i­nated for a 1972 Academy Award for Doc­u­men­tary Fea­ture.

From the 1970 Grand Na­tional dirt-track sea­son fea­tur­ing Mert Lawwill to the film’s un­for­get­table clos­ing scene in which On Any Sun­day pro­ducer Steve Mc­Queen rode Husq­varna dirt bikes with off-road leg­end Mal­colm Smith on a beach at the Camp Pendle­ton ma­rine base on the shores of the Pa­cific Ocean, On Any Sun­day made mo­tor­cy­cling fun and in­ter­est­ing.

“Bruce Brown’s in­flu­ence on mo­tor­cy­cling in the 1970s was pro­found,” said Amer­i­can Mo­tor­cy­clist As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent and CEO Rob Ding­man. “On Any Sun­day high­lighted the unique tal­ents needed for dif­fer­ent forms of rac­ing and show­cased the fun that peo­ple find in mo­tor­cy­cling.”

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