VIDEO TRAILER: “Penton: The John Penton Story”

He was a farmer. Who loved motorcycles.

Cycle World cover Dec 1962

It's been nearly four years in the making, but the documentary film about motorcycle-pioneer John Penton ("Penton: The John Penton Story") makes its big-screen premiere on June 20. The film, directed and produced by Pipeline Digital Media's Todd Huffman, is a two hour and 13 minute tribute to Penton, the AMA Hall of Famer who appeared on the cover of Cycle World way back in our December, 1962, issue, where we showed him riding a single-cylinder BMW to a Silver Medal in the 37th International Six Day Trials.

Huffman says he was inspired to make the film after reading the Ed Youngblood book, “John Penton and the Off-Road Motorcycle Revolution.”

“It’s such an great story,” recalls Huffman. “The early story, before there was a Penton motorcycle, is what was really interesting to me.” To help him tell the story of Penton, who went on to sell 25,000 Penton motorcycles in the US and helped create Hi-Point boots, Huffman conducted more than 100 interviews with folks such as Malcolm Smith, Dick Mann, Carl Cranke, Marty Smith, Danny LaPorte, Bruce McDougal, Ryan Dungey, and Penton’s family. Huffman also turned to musician Lyle Lovett—who worked at a Penton dealer in Texas as a kid—to narrate the film, which was funded in part by Kickstarter money and will be released by Gathr Films.

“Our goal is to get people to host screenings,” says Huffman, who adds that his team is using “crowd sourcing” and social media to get “Penton: The John Penton Story” booked in neighborhood theaters such as AMC and Regal.

We can’t wait to see this movie. View the trailer here:

"PENTON: The John Penton Story" Official Trailer

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