In the 1970s, there was a racing driver who travelled the world drinking, smoking and winning World Championships. His name was James Hunt, and in 2013 they made a movie about him.
Now, the racing world is gearing up for a narrative biopic about Hunt’s motorcycle-racing equivalent – and real-life friend – Barry Sheene, who won the motorcycle world championship in 1976 and 1977.
Made by IO Films Australia and Deep Spring Pictures UK, the film is based off the book “Barry: The story of motorcycle legend Barry Sheene,” which was written by MotoGP journalists Steve Parrish and Nick Harris.
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Sheene’s charisma added to his fame and popularity just as much as his two World Championships did, infamously having a hole drilled in the front of his helmet so that he could smoke right up until the start of the race. Additionally, “Bionic Barry” gained fame by surviving and coming back to race after two 170 mph crashes, the first at Daytona in 1975, and secondly at Silverstone in 1982.
Sheene retired from motorcycle racing in 1984 and died from cancer in 2003 at the age of 52.
No release date has officially been confirmed, although the biopic is expected to be released in 2017.