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Silver Dream Racer (1980)

Garage mechanic and racing enthusiast Nick Freeman (David Essex) inherits his dead brother’s revolutionary new prototype bike – the actual bike in the film was designed by Barry Hart of Barton Motors – and sets out to prove it can be a race winner in this motorcycling drama.

Consumed by a desire for glory on the racetrack he manages to get financial backing and enters the challenge for the world championship at Silverstone, accompanied by his mechanic and only friend, Cider (Clarke Peters).


Nick’s main competition is wily American Bruce McBride (Beau Bridges) who will stop at nothing to win both the title and Julie Price (Cristina Raines), the beautiful lady that both bikers fall for.

A vanity project from beginning to end, it tries hard to be a British Wild Angels (1966), Easy Rider (1969) or Electra Glide in Blue (1973), but Essex here is near the end of his heyday, dressing in leather, trying to be James Dean and keeping Brylcreem in business. He wrote the music, too.

Three top-secret racing bikes were made available for the film by Heron Suzuki. They also provided key technicians, equipment and mechanical expertise, as well as the services of their Texaco Heron Team Suzuki which had won the World’s Manufacturer’s Championship for the last three years.

Nick Freeman
David Essex
Bruce McBride
Beau Bridges
Julie Prince
Cristina Raines
Cider Jones
Clarke Peters
Harry H Corbett
Diane Keen
Jack Freeman
Lee Montague
Sheila White
Ben Mendoza
David Baxt
Al Peters
Ed Bishop
Jack Davis
Nick Brimble
Clarke Nichols
Stephen Hoye
Bank Manager
T P McKenna

David Wickes