BMX is an acronym for Bicycle Motocross. This film documents the evolution of a sport created by kids who [in the 1970’s] began modifying their Schwinn Sting- Ray bicycles to look like motorcycles. This documentary is the first film to take a serious look at the history and evolution of BMX bicycle riding, from the streets of 1960s suburban neighborhoods to today's stadium-packed televised Dirt, Street & Halfpipe insanity.
The sport of BMX is driven by individual riders. BMX is not made by corporations; instead corporations base their advertising on the lifestyles of these riders. This film captures the kind of stories that cannot come from a marketing strategy, coaches or statistics buffs - but rather from the individual guys who turned common street bikes into instruments of grace, strength and personal expression.
The individuals who started races and freestyle contests themselves. It is the individualism and self-expression of these riders that makes the sport's history, and this film, so unique. With people like Scot Breithaupt
who started the first organized races in Long Beach in 1970, to Bob Haro
, who pioneered BMX Freestyle riding, and created the first BMX freestyle bike, to Mat Hoffman
, who’s personal sacrifices helped propel BMX stunt riding into the spotlight. These are some of the people who helped make BMX such a unique subculture.