Yesterday evening FMF hosted a small gathering at Red Bull’s North America headquarters for the Caselli 66: Ride the Dream documentary. The short film pays tribute to the life of fallen racer and off-road motorcycle racing great, Kurt Caselli. The multi-time champion lost his life in an accident while leading the famed Baja 1000 desert race last November.
Wiley Watson of Red Tide Pictures directed the film. It incorporates footage from his childhood and formative years racing intertwined with recent exploits and achievements that helped propel the Southern California native in becoming a household name within the desert and off-road racing community.
“We worked together a lot and he opened a lot of doors to me. And I took advantage of that,” says Watson. “There was so much footage of Kurt I knew I could put something together really well. I put no limitations on what it was going to be. It was really amazing to have that opportunity to see Kurt grow through that footage. It’s amazing to see what he accomplished in such a short time—I am just honored to be a part of that.”
The 32-minute film will stream free of charge for 24 hours via www.kurtcaselli.com on Tuesday, April 29. After, it can be downloaded on iTunes with all funds going to the newly formed Kurt Caselli Foundation. The organization was established in Kurt’s memory to help elevate safety standards in the off-road racing world through technology, organization, and protocol. To date, it’s raised over $100,000.
“The best way to help this foundation succeed is talking about Kurt,” said Caselli’s fiancé, Sarah White. “If you want to help—spread who Kurt is and let’s make this foundation huge and his biggest achievement ever.”
The foundation also named long-time off-road racer and four-time Baja 1000 racing champion Quinn Cody as the official Rider Safety Advisor.
“I’m honored to be a part of this group,” said Cody. “We have a lot of stuff we’re working on. We’re going to work with the new technology and make things safer for all the guys out there hanging it out [going fast] and the normal everyday guys who is out there trail riding.”
Learn more about the Kurt Caselli Foundation by checking out its website. It will be hosing fun fund-raising events throughout the year including a golf tournament in Caselli’s hometown of Palmdale, California.