Dave Stohler passes Dave Blaise (left), the inspiration for the movie and real life Little 500 legend.
Team Cinzano rider #1: Eddy Van Guyse. "FILARE!"
Team Cinzano rider #2: Carlos Sintes. Note proper bike fit.
Team Cinzano rider #3: John Van De Velde; note improper bike fit. His son Christian Van De Velde is currently a very successful pro racer.
And Christian looks a lot like his dad did in 1979!
Team Cinzano rider #4: Pete Lazarra. Looks like his bike is about 6cm too small for him! Must be one of the ones purchased for the movie and not his own.
Another shot of Lazarra - yup... that bike belongs under a much shorter rider.
The beginning of the famous pump in the spokes scene. The four Team Cinzano riders and Dave are off the front.
Dave is about to be taken out. Note that he's riding the REAL Masi... front brake cable on the drive side.
A close up of the pump heading toward the spokes. Note that this is the FAKE Masi (Sears Free Spirit with custom paint job)... front brake cable attachment on the non-drive side. Also... unusual shifter placement, what gear is that?
The pump finds its target.
And the bike crashes hard. Note the sand bag duct taped to the top tube for a realistic response... it only appears in two frames and happens so fast you can't tell. Also, it looks like they substituted a long stick for the pump.
Better shot of the sand bag. But notice how the bike is falling AWAY from the ditch (toward the pump, as we would expect).
Stunt rider crashes his bike quite spectacularly (without help of pump). But now the bike is falling TOWARD the ditch. You never noticed this either did you?
Dave rolls over in the ditch and his fantasy has ended.
Bravo! Bravo! Che bella roba! Hey, what happened to the other two Cinzano guys?
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