Danny Magoo Chandler
Danny Magoo Chandler, was known as one of the boldest, baddest riders ever. If a motocross event is considered controlled chaos, Danny was the perfect example. Fans loved him, competitors feared him.
Born in 1959, Danny started riding at 4, competing at 9. He won in every division he raced becoming an expert at 14. In 1976 at the age of 16 he turned pro and turned his unorthodox style against the big guys. His youth and aggressive, wide open riding earned him the label “wild child” and it wasn’t long before he was kicking ass out front.
By 1981 he had come into his own, winning the Trans-USA 500cc support series aboard a Honda, riding more like the tough Europeans of the day. But it was his “go for broke” attitude when he beat the favorite to win ABC’s Wide World of Sports’ “Superbikers” that stoked the fire of his fans. He went on to become the only person ever to win all four motos in Trophies des Nations in 1982 (two for the 250 cc in Germany and a week later two for the 500cc in Switzerland.)
Danny Magoo Chandler rode hard and played hard. He gave his fans everything they expected and more. The Magoo show ended at the Paris Supercross with a paralyzing accident. He is indeed one of our heroes.
Check out the documentary on Magoo, some of the heavy hitters in the sport tell the story: Rick Johnson, Jeff Ward, bad Brad Lackey and many more. Go to http://www.dannymagoo.com.