Silver Dream Team
Practical Sportsbikes is proud to offer you the inside story of the making of Silver Dream Racer…
Inside story of the making of this peculiarly British motorcycle movie
YOU WILL NOT be surprised to learn that our man Peter Kent, who was employed specifically by Barton Phoenix to look after the Silver Dream machines spent most of his time trying (with some success) to gettina Freeman (Diane Keen) onto the back of his Suzuki GT380. “I took her round Brands a couple of times,” says Peter. “And around Pinewood studios when we were shooting there too.” He has nothing but compliments for the winsome British starlet whose finest moment in the movie arrives in the first five minutes when Nick Freeman’s brother (her husband) dies in a fairly innocuous dirt bike accident. She does great scream.and she was pretty good in 10 years’ worth of Nescafé coffee ads too (sadly, without the yelling). But we digress. Released in 1980 David Essex’s finest hour (111 minutes to be precise) has divided opinion among the motorcycling cognoscenti (that’s you) for 37 years. For some it represents all that is piss-poor about the British film industry; stretched budget, cheesey, hackneyed stodge fit only for wet Sunday afternoons when licensing laws prevented you from staying in the pub. For others it’s a high-water mark in homespun big screen drama of the utmost quality. Either way, it remains one of the very few movies with motorcycle racing at the core of the plot, a notable other being Little Fauss and Big
Halsy starring Robert Redford and Michael J. Pollard.
Whatever.whereamerica got the workmanlike Robert Redford, we had genuine ’70s superstar David Essex; singer, actor, pin-up, role model, man about town and son every mother wished they had. He was also a real-life motorbike rider (although so was Redford to an extent).
David Essex shows off his silverware
L to R: Peter Kent, Cristina Raines, David Essex, Barry Hart