Mert Lawwill won the 1969 Grand National Championship. In 1970 Bruce Brown produced On Any Sunday featuring Mert's bid to repeat the feat. Did Mert know he was to be the star of that epic motorcycle film? He tells us all about that in this episode. On Any Sunday made Mert and a host of other flat track riders household name amongst motorcyclist and a wider audience as well.
When Mert moved from Idaho to California to race motorcycles, little did he know how it would shape and mold his future. Racing at the Agajanian produced events at Ascot Park taught the man much about many aspects of racing. He discovered that many of the competitors were modifying frames so Mert began the process of frame modifications that ultimately led to him being not only in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame but the Mountainbike Hall of Fame as well. His bicycle suspension has won a World Championship! Is Mert the father of the Mountain Bike?
Winning the Grand National Championship and being in both of those Hall of Fames would be enough for most people but not Mert. We will discuss his contribution to mankind with the creation of Mert's Hands. The prosthetic hands and the soon to be released prosthetic arms will perhaps be the primary thing he will be remembered for.
Thank you for listening to this episode of Talking Motorcycles with Barry Boone. We sincerely hope that you enjoy this conversation with one of the legends of our sport. Our goal is for you to learn things when you listen to our shows you can't learn anywhere else.
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