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The that got American motocross off the the 1963 Husqvarna (Husky) This unrestored bike is No. 59 of 100 250cc race machines built in ’63.

With its red and chrome glistening gas tank, the (or “Husky” as it’s affectionately was a stunning beauty of a bike, and a beast on the American motocross Back in the 1960s, the increasingly sport of American motocross was down by clumsily modified to mention heavy ) Harley-Davidson, BSA road bikes.  It was lumbering in and in dire need of innovation.

Edison Dye.

While on a tour of Europe, Dye took note of European motocross and the nimble, two-… bikes were in stark contrast to the scene.  Swedish maker particulary stood out with alloy engine components, and exhaust.  He asked motorcycling Malcolm Smith (Steve riding chum in “On Any Sunday”) to a Husky and put it through its paces for

 Upon Smith’s glowing Edison Dye decided to sign on as U.S. importer.  The Swede was about to take motocross by storm.

Heikki the “Flyin’ Finn” was one of the most and feared motocross racers of the During his illustrious career, collected four World Prix Motocross Championship In 1974 he won the World Grand 500cc Championship on a Husqvarna.

In the 1970s, Steve McQueen was the man is).  He was the highest-paid star of the screen, a major … and an obsessed motorhead with a collection of sports cars, and of course– bikes.  So when dropped his trusty Triumph in of the new Husqvarna 400 Cross – overnight became the only off-road that seemed to matter.

 The Husky also got a role alongside Steve (as well as riding legends Lawwill and Malcolm Smith ) in Bruce Brown’s classic– Any Sunday”.

Bruce Brown working with McQueen and the impact the film had–

“I going to Ascot Park and the dirt track races,” said. “I met a few of the racers and was struck by how and how nice most of these were. It wasn’t at all like the a lot of people had about motorcycle in those days. I just it would be neat to do a movie motorcycle racing and the people

Even though Brown had a successful movie to his credit, he that financing a film on wasn’t going to be easy.

McQueen on his Husqvarna 400 Cross

The Husqvarna 400 Cross– The bike McQueen made an overnight and highly collectible.

“I talked to a few and knew that Steve was a rider,” Brown said. though I’d never met him, I set up a to talk about doing ‘On Any We talked about the concept of the which he really liked. he asked what I wanted him to do in the I told him I wanted him to finance it.

He and told me he acted in films, he finance them. I then told him, ‘Alright, you can’t be in the movie.’

“The next day after the I got a call and it was McQueen. He told me to go and get the ball rolling with the — he’d back it.”

At one Brown found a perfect for a sunset beach riding — Camp Pendleton Marine Base.

“I figured there be no way to get approval to film on the Marine Brown recalls. “Steve said he’d see what he find out. The next day he and told to contact some and the next thing you know we are the beach sequences. It was pretty the doors he was able to open.”

“On Any seemed to strike a chord youngsters. Kids would in movie theater bathrooms showings so they could the film two or three times in one Thousands of kids across the started saving money their paper routes and jobs to buy a minibike after inspired by the movie.

1970 Husqvarna 250 eight-speed, like the one ridden by Malcolm in”On Any Sunday”. “The 250 eight-speed was just a really bike to ride,” Smith “It wasn’t super powerful, but on the roads of Elsinore, I could go 100 mph. And because of the eight-speed I could easily negotiate the stuff.”

“I think many changed their minds motorcyclists after watching the Brown said. “One funny story was told by Lawwill. Being a motorcycle he was sort of considered the Black of the family. The old patriarch of the family, grandmother-in-law, went to see the movie and in the of one of the scenes featuring Lawwill she up and shouted, ‘That’s my grandson!’ he was the big hero of the family.”

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