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David Essex reunited with Silver Dream Racer at BSB film premiere

Published: 11 March 2011

David Essex was reunited with the Silver Dream Racer after more than 30 years at a film premiere last night.

The pop singer and actor posed on the Barton Suzuki 500cc triple at the premiere of I, Superbiker, a documentary telling the story of the 2010 British Superbike season by following racers Tommy Hill, James Ellison, Josh Brookes and Gary Mason.

I, Superbiker was inspired by Silver Dream Racer, which starred Essex in 1980.

The original Silver Dream Machine was tracked down in Germany and restored in six weeks for the premier.

Essex said it was “nice to say hello” to it again after three decades, adding: “I hear it speaks German now.” 

He posed alongside Mason, Hill, Ellison and Brookes at the premier in London’s Leicester Square.

I, Superbiker uses race highlights and interviews over a dramatic score by David Vanian of The Damned to tell the highs and lows of the four racers’ 2010 BSB battle.
Mason said: “I had a very tough year and the film explains that.”

Ellison said: “The film does show a lot of what us guys go through.”

The premiere was also attended by champion Ryuichi Kiyonari.