Documentary about Motorcycle Pioneer Screens Sept. 15

The Downing to show PENTON: The John Penton Story

John Penton is a motorcycle pioneer whose life on a farm in Ohio led to a long list of motorcycling accomplishments and global notoriety. From a humble motorcycle shop, he had an international off-road racing career, leading him to the discovery of the need for a smaller machine.

With his Penton motorcycles made by KTM, he introduced riding to a new generation, and along with his family and loyal followers, changed the motorcycle industry forever.

Penton’s life is well told by director Todd Huffman, who was inspired to make the film after reading John Penton and the Off-Road Motorcycle Revolution, a book by Ed Youngblood. The movie, narrated by Grammy winner Lyle Lovett (who worked in the parts department at a Penton dealership in Texas when he was 14), starts early in Penton’s life.

Via interviews, old photos, and recreated scenes, we learn how John, a World War II veteran, is a straight shooter, the type of man who considers a handshake a contract. Moreover, his physical toughness on heavy Harleys and BSAs is legendary, matched in intensity only by a dedication to his family.

PENTON: The John Penton Story is a feature-length documentary with the largest cast of motorcycle legends ever assembled on film. The film screens at the Downing Film Center on Monday, Sept. 15, at 2:15 and 7:15 p.m.

Tickets: general admission $8.50; seniors and students $7; members $6. Tickets may be purchased at the box office or in advance at the website downingfilmcenter.com. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Downing Film Center is located at 19 Front St., Newburgh. For more information, call 845-561-3686 or email [email protected]

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