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Hangtown MX: Danny ‘Magoo’ Chandler Tribute

Danny ‘Magoo’ Chandler

Brad and Lori Lackey have received confirmation from the Dirt Diggers Motorcycle Club that there would be a memorial service for fallen hero Danny "Magoo" Chandler at the opening round of the motocross national series at Hangtown.

"The Dirt Diggers will be hosting a memorial service for Danny," confirms America’s first MX champion Brad Lackey, who had been spearheading an effort to get a new special needs Sprinter van for Magoo, who passed away at age 50 on May 4.

"On Sunday, May 23 after Hangtown, there will be a Memorial Service at the big white media tent starting at 12 p.m." adds Lackey.

"Family, friends and anyone who wants to pay their respects is invited… It will be a pot luck function, but I’m not sure of any more details at this time."

Sadly the goal had been for Lackey to present Chandler with the van at Hangtown as part of the Nationals on Saturday.

The wildman from Northern California was one of the sport’s hardest chargers who became an American hero when he won all four motos of the 1982 Motocross and Trophee des Nations races… a feat never duplicated.

He also won the USGP at Carlsbad in 1982 to help cement his reputation as the best rider in the world that year. Although his racing career came to a premature end when a crash at the 1985 Paris Supercross left him paralyzed, Magoo continued to build a legion of fans, speaking of his experiences at schools and hospitals.

"I know Danny was excited about the van and extremely appreciative to all those who contributed," adds Lackey. "He was genuinely surprised and humbled at the outpouring of support by all of his fans."

More details of the memorial service will be announced as available: www.LegendsAndHeroesTour.org

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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