Peter Starr Takes it to the Limit for Charity

Reader Contribution by The Motorcycle Classics Staff
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In 1980, motorcycle filmmaker Peter Starr produced his seminal work, Take it to the Limit. A close, in-depth look at professional motorcycle racing and the riders who were making motion history, the critically acclaimed film featured the greats of the time, from Mike Hailwood blitzing the Isle of Man Mountain Course on a Yamaha TZ750 to Russ Collins charging down the strip trying to break 200mph on his 600 horsepower drag bike, The Sorcerer. That movie, and the 40-plus other motorcycle films Starr made during his career, formed the foundation of his 2009 book and semi-autobiography, Taking it to the Limit — 20 Years of Making Motorcycle Movies.

Fourteen years ago, Starr, now 75, was diagnosed with prostate cancer, an experience that led to his founding the Healing Arts Education Foundation, a 501c3 charity focused on educating prostate cancer sufferers about alternative therapy treatment. The charity is a driving force in Starr’s life, and keeping it running requires constant fundraising. To that end, Starr is making 11 copies of a special leather bound edition of Taking it to the Limit — 20 Years of Making Motorcycle Movies available to the first 11 people who make a $1,000 tax-deductible donation to the Healing Arts Education Foundation. Only 25 were printed, each copy personally autographed by many of the top riders featured in the book, including greats like Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson, Freddie Spencer, Bubba Shobert, Jay Springsteen, Malcolm Smith and many more. To donate, contact Peter Starr.

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