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Danny Magoo Chandler Dies at Age 50

Thursday, May 6, 2010
Danny Magoo Chandler
Danny "Magoo" Chandler.
Danny “Magoo” Chandler died May 4th as a result of illnesses related to paralysis. The Hall of Fame rider was 50 years old.

The Sacramento, California native was known for his wild style and wide-open charge. Magoo was a fan favorite from the time he turned professional in 1976. His first real success came with a top-10 finish in the 1981 125cc Motocross Nationals.

He signed with factory Honda in 1982 and began the biggest year of his career. Perhaps the most memorable victory was claiming the U.S. 500cc Motocross Grand Prix. Besting the Europeans at Carlsbad Raceway that day notched his name in the history books. He furthered his international fame by winning every 250cc moto at the ’82 Trophies des Nations in Germany, and every 500cc moto at the Motocross des Nations in Switzerland – the only rider ever to achieve the feat. He also won the ABC Wide World of Sports Superbikers race, which was essentially the first event of what we now call Supermoto.

Magoo went on to finish third in the AMA 500cc series in ’83 but suffered through ’84 with injuries. He switched to the World Motocross Championship in 1985, ultimately settling with an Italian Kawasaki team, but a crash at the Paris Supercross in December of 1985 left him paralyzed.

Following the accident, Chandler embarked on a mission to help spread motorcycle safety, particularly to young riders. Other endeavors included race promotion for mountain bikes and cooperation with the DARE drug awareness program.

The industry has been hard at work to provide Danny with a specially equipped vehicle to make it easier for him to travel and conduct his seminars. The Danny Magoo Chandler Van Fund was completed and the project finalized on May 4, the same day as his death.

The following is a press release from long time friend Brad Lackey:

It is with mixed emotions that I write to Danny's friends and the world. While we are all extremely saddened by the sudden passing of our friend and my little motocross brother, we are also happy that Danny is at peace now. He is probably already looking at how to turn one cloud's double into a triple and see if he can do it with one foot off and one hand off his bent handlebar!

Danny and I grew up racing in Northern California together and taking on our rival "SoCal" racers knowing that we would have something to prove. Danny was always up for the challenge. The red-headed dynamo from the Sierra Nevada foothills always amazed me and other much more experienced and accomplished riders with his fully-pinned approach to straights, turns and of course, jumps.

I was very proud of him yet hardly surprised when I learned that he had decimated the competition at the 1982 Trophee and Motocross des Nations winning all four motos. It's what I would have expected out of Danny. It brought a smile to my face later when I heard a story about an official from one of the des Nations events. Apparently he complained to Danny's team manager and my friend Roger DeCoster that Danny was riding too crazy, clipping trees on his jumps, etc. He said he was going to hurt himself. Roger simply just showed the official Danny's lap times and walked away.

This is how we all will remember Magoo.

In the past 12 months a lot of great people and I have worked toward getting Danny a new van to improve his way of life, which had deteriorated since his 1985 accident in Paris. I know Danny was excited about it and extremely appreciative to all those who contributed. He was genuinely surprised and humbled at the outpouring of support by all of his fans. Although he never got the chance to ride in his new van, he did see pictures of it and approved the new graphics that were being applied at the time of his passing. He really thought they were cool.

I just wish I had started the van project sooner.

As they say about hindsight, even a year or two earlier would've given Danny the opportunity to enjoy his life and do more of things he wished he could have done before Tuesday, May 4th. Now, as this is all swirling about for Lori and I, we are conscious of what should happen with the unfinished van project and all the fine individuals and companies that contributed. There will be decisions made in due time; all with Danny's and his family's best intentions in mind. The van was going to improve Danny's life by giving him the ability to get out and continue his passion for teaching kids motorcycle and motocross safety and I'm confident and hopeful that we can continue to fulfill at least part of Danny's mission. As soon as Danny's affairs have been settled, we'll have a better idea of what to do and we'll let the public know. Please bear with us and understand that whatever decisions are made, they will be done with concern, forethought and guidance by others close to Danny and the van project.

I will miss Danny with all my heart and I want to thank everyone around the world who felt the same about the incredible Mr. Magoo.

Brad Lackey

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Pitt66   May 21, 2015 04:18 PM
crash or win! Always Danny RIP
TruckeeMoto   June 15, 2014 09:44 AM
Is it great how Danny would rise up during nationally televised events and "win it all" . Back in his day there was not many televised Moto events. I was raised in Truckee Ca where I became good friends with Danny. I was about the only one in town crazy enough to fight with him. The dude was strong as an ox and did not get tired.(kid stuff) We snowmobiled and pioneered snow boarding with the old Winter Stix Danny bought with his race winnings. I will never forget his famous quote to me: "jump it Olson You Pussy" My son had the pleasure to Magoo school. I thank God for the good times. RIP Magoo
Michael Collins -Owner..Dirt factory  January 26, 2011 02:22 PM
What saddens me the most is how much info all of you manage to get wrong. The last one being the last on the list, talking about who his sponsers were...what he was riding, etc.
Soon there will be a book for all of you, one that I have written, and for the most part, has all of that stuff accurate.
"Twenty Eight Days in Paris" will soon be available. In it, I think you will all be amazed at what you thought was right, but isnt. Not to worry though, Magoo inspired people to exadgerate a little and on ocassion, forget who he was riding for....
Keep your eyes peeled
Michael Collins
johnyd -pilot  January 6, 2011 11:02 AM
still missing your style, will never end I guess
johnathan -your my favorit ridder  December 28, 2010 05:48 PM
i saw you at hangtown of 2009 you are my dads ideal and your mine too
Dion Stoll -A British Fan  October 10, 2010 11:17 PM
People like Danny make a lasting impression on the lives of others, whether you knew him personally or not. I never met him but but feel privelaged to have somehow been a part of his life, albeit from the vantage point of magazines and video. His passing is a loss to all but a reminder to others to live life to the full. Rip Mr Magoo... you will not be forgotten.
Alan Cochrane -former motocrosser from 79-81  September 30, 2010 06:22 PM
I was very saddened to hear of Magoo's passing. I raced a Maico 250 back in 1981 and was called Magoo myself a few times for some of the things I did. I got to meet Magoo when a bunch of us travelled down from Atlantic Canada to Unadilla for a Trans-USA race. In March of 1981 (two days before Ronald Reagan was shot), I flipped my Maico on a tabletop jump in Mass., crashed hard and spent two hours lying there on the cold hard ground, unable to move. Luckily I recovered but lost my nerve. I still have my Maico jersey to remind me of the good old days when I tried to make that big bike fly the way Magoo did.
Rick -An Old Fan  September 29, 2010 07:49 PM
Donny Hansen and Johnny O'Mara lived together down the street from me in the early 80's. Sometimes Danny would come visit and they'd ride around together in the mountains of Canyon Country, CA. Of course I would hang around and watch because Danny did things on a bike that no one else would, or could. I remember when Indian Dunes re-did their "International" track and made it more supercross-like. There was a huge triple jump followed by a huge table-top jump. Everyone struggled through that section. One night, a bunch of pros showed up and we were all wondering how Magoo would handle that section. Sure enough, he comes over the hill by the announcer's tower WFO, clears the entire triple and lands near the very end of the table top. He then bounces off the table top and pitches the bike sideways and lands in the 90 degree berm and rockets away... never letting off the gas. We all just stood there with our mouths hanging open. RIP Danny, you silly superman!
James "Shorty" Shortridge -Nobody Rode Like Danny!  September 12, 2010 03:59 PM
It saddens me that I ran across this at such a late time. I was googling to find Danny's website so I could see how he was doing, and the Van Project. I thought it was a typo, when I read the word "Death". Make no mistake, Danny will always be in my spirit. Growing up and racing in the NorCal area, all the Hangtown's from Plymouth to Sacramento, there was no rider better in the shadow of the Serra Nevada's. I've seen all the greats come to NorCal, all of them, but nobody thrilled the crowd, ran the edge of sanity, or just blew people away with the way he rode. The tears are real in my eyes, and I hope now Danny will find some peace. Living here on the East Coast, my heart never leaves NorCal, and today, another hero of mine,has passed. I implore those who still ride, to carry on Danny's work, to keep his David vs Goliath energy a force and help those who you can, ride safer. "When I look to the West, my spirit is crying for leaving" Danny, thank you for all the memories, forever will they be with me.
dave chase -hero  August 31, 2010 04:48 PM
life sucks
Danny Chandler -Not Forgotten  August 17, 2010 11:19 PM
We'll see you when we get there brother.
North Hefley -RIP Danny  August 17, 2010 04:19 PM
I was fortunate to have been in several races with Magoo as he was coming up the ranks, from one day him trying to keep up with us the next day trying to keep up with him (as kind of the case with me and so many other good mxers). Some call his style wild but if you ever had the pleasure (or ablilty) to follow Danny your mind would think just that his riding was briliant. Where a track was a problem to most, he saw it as an opportunity to use his understanding of the "Motocross Force" within him as described so many times in other comments. I had left the mx world behind in 1979 having suffered a dibilitating (for mx) wrist injury and moved on to racing cars, once a racer always a racer. There are so many great racing tallents that have since past and if what we do was not death defying then many of us would not do it, that is the edge of reason that will always be breached in a motorsports event. Danny breached the edge many times and many times he was victorious. Gods speed on earth and now in Heaven Danny "Magoo" Chandler
Joe Merrill - Magoo wow what the hell was that?  May 27, 2010 12:45 PM
I was just starting my carrer in 1977, Got rained out at Washuagal Wa. You couldnt walk up the up hill. Gathered everthing and turned south heading for Dixion Calif. Got there 106 in the shade and no shade.
A new track no one from Oregon I knew had raced there. The track was filled with rice schucks, that made the track like Oatmeal. We practiced on the track and there were two line, All the way inside or all the way out.
So then they opened the track for the pros and here comes Magoo, Throttle Pinned, Squaring the corner where ever in the hell he wanted to go. Wasnt like there were any ruts, except the ones Danny was laying down. This guy was amazing, I took a leason MX 101 that day and I must say I learned A new way to ride the mud WFO that was the way. Danny destroyed his primary Maico, Pulled out the back up and Won the $$$ the bike up for grabs and the trophy that dwarfed Magoo.
I will never forget that day in the desert with Magoo. I too became a parapligic in 1996, when I contacted Danny all he wanted to talk about was David Baily and His needs for an extended stay in the hospital and putting on a bennifit for David.
What a great Man ..ride with the Lord Danny higher than the trees.
Hey Danny is that a Golf course you riding on in Heaven???
KING OF BURBANK -MAICO WEST  May 23, 2010 10:09 PM
Tim Hoogstad - Hi-point Racing- #34 -Magoo Who!  May 19, 2010 08:55 PM
WFO, If you look it up in the dictionary, Im sure youll see a picture of Magoo. For those of us who were roosted by him, amazed by his lines which were usually not on the track or that crazy shy smile that he always had, You are missed! WFO and RIP...............
Paul Williams Wales,England -Im Sad.  May 14, 2010 03:35 AM
Here in uk Danny was well known to many .
Saw him at the famous Hawkstone Park,he was UNREAL.
Very sad news,my thoughts are with his family.
Charles Hadley -Thanks for the ride!  May 12, 2010 10:22 AM
I never really got a chance to see Danny ride but from the stories ive read and the footage ive seen Im pretty sure I would have liked him as Im a fan of the "Hard charger" breed.

Look at it this way people... He's walking now... along side Jesse Masterpool and Andrew McFarlane...
Bill Draeger -Danny Chandler, Hero  May 11, 2010 09:30 AM
As a child of the 80's Magoo would blow my mind whenever we could see him on TV or the Mags. His moves and wide open style were amazing and clear even on still photos. We didn't think a motorcycle could get that out of shape and be saved! Definitly inspired us all to whip it. Now at 41 he will still be an inspiration to me and those younger around me to the value of never letting go of the finish line. Godspeed Danny Chandler.
Koni king -My magoo experiance in one day, My Hero  May 11, 2010 06:42 AM
So later in the day at highpoint raceway in 82 i am amazed at my 1st experiance at all the greatness i seen at the track that day seeing the pros for my 1st time and the determination they have.So after seeing magoo in practice i witnessed one of the most brutal big bore motos of my life.Some guy named magoo ,darrel shults ,chuck sun ,Goat breaker and others all dicing it out for many laps.Later in the moto it narrowed down to just magoo and some dude named Alan king on a lone wulf Suzuki that must of been having the ride of his life. WOW!He was right on magoo for the lead for many laps and through my exzuberance i started chearing them on and drifted down further in the infeld to check out the big jump with a sharp turn down hill after that and i was amazed at the brutal racing and took off my suzuki shirt by the fence and started waving it to chear on alan to keep up.When they came around i noticed that magoo seemed to let off before the jump i didnt figure why i was to pumped up at the time and into it.The next time around magoo hit the jump right before me and I must of pissed Him off waving that yellow suzuki shirt he must of thought it was the caution flag (stupid move by me,not one of my prowdest moments)and dont ask me how he did it,,,,but he hit the jump and sailed his bike over the fence and over my head and back on the track again so i knew not to ever do that again.So after my High point Racway experiance i was a moto fan for life and followed the antics of magoo weekly because he made life so flamboyant. You never knew what he was going to do.That morning before practice i seen magoo walking across the track and i said hey danny how you like the track?Chearfuly replying its one of the best and asked me if he could have a chew of my copinhagen snuff and opened the can and asked if he could finish it since there was only a little left and i said shore and he just stuck his tung in the can and licked it right out.I never seen anybody take a chew like that and that was just the start of the amazing things i seen magoo do that day.....Brad lackeys feelings i think we all share about hindsight.In this busy life we all lead we can all sometimes overlook things we should say and do.The feeling of not helping Danny out more while he blessed our life with his presance I hope will forever burn inside me to be more aware of things i should do in life while i have the chance. Never before have i ever wanted to say so much to somebody (like sorry for waving that yellow shirt that day Danny and i should of helped you more) Im sure everybody would like to here more magoo stories. I know i would so if you got them lets here them. Like i would like to know if Alan king and the other pros have any magoo stories ? He got injured doing what we all injoy and campained to keep us safe riding when he could not.Heros are great people to tell stories about. My other magoo experiance that day is a couple paragrafts down. Keep them magoo stories coming. Thanks for everything Mr.Magoo
Frank and Ronda Butman -We will always remember you!  May 10, 2010 04:30 PM
To those who loved Danny, Frank and I are so proud to have him visit our tract in Newcastle, trainning kids for competition. We will continue to allow kids of all ages the time and space to practice the motorcross moves and hope he is looking down on this property, encouraging those to jump the last big one! You will be missed. Frank and Ronda Butman
Mike Northrop -continued....  May 10, 2010 03:52 PM
It was a race in memory of a very close friend Freddy Wiechers. Danny knew Freddy and the race family around him. He was there to show is support for Freddy and for some reason he told Mr. Fritz (Freddy's dad) that he wanted "to ride". He said "i dont care how you do it, get me on the track!" So Freddy's dad, my dad and a few of the other dads geared Magoo up... taped each of his legs to jeff's, wrapped tape around their chest to connect them and then wraped Magoo's arms around jeff's neck and taping them! As you can imagine there was alot of duct tape invovled!! After that, Jeff put the bike in gear and took on the track during the intermission.. I will never forget waching them that day!! It was the first time that Danny Magoo had been on a dirt bike since his crash... AND ALL HE COULD SAY TO JEFF WHILE THEY WERE OUT THERE WAS.... "PIN IT!! GO FASTER!! JUMP THIS!!".
Mike Northrop -The HEART to RIDE!!  May 10, 2010 03:42 PM
My parents have the COOLEST picture of my older brother (Jeff Northrop) jumping a step-up at Siver State raceway in Carson City, NV with Magoo DUCT TAPED to his back!!! NO JOKE! it was taken in 1999 or 2000! I will up load the picture ASAP!!
Koni king - Wide open like no other  May 10, 2010 09:39 AM
Back in 82 i was watching pit row jumps at high point racway in pro practice. No one tryed to clear the 1st 3 jumps till the roar of a big bore cr flys up out of noware and lands smack casing out flying wide open on the top of the third jump..His feet ripped off the foot pegs and dirt flew but he just put his feet back on the pegs and held it wide open and bounced rite off the top and landed perfict on the flat and flew over the next jump catching more big air and the whole croud read the back of his motopants at the same time and you heard the name echo under everyones breath over the hole croud. Magoooooooo
Jeff Williams -One Of A Kind!  May 10, 2010 09:13 AM
This just Sucks, one of the greatest legends of our sport has passed! So many great stories like riding a wheelie backwards across the finish line at Unadilla after winning the 500 support class. I have a picture of him behind my bar riding the wheels off a 500 Honda works bike, he must have crashed, the left handlebar is completely broke off, he's holding onto the cross bar, and he is Flying! Only Magoo could do that!
RIP Magoo, You were one of a kind!
David Woodall -rider  May 9, 2010 08:16 PM
I will remember him as the first to take his hands off the bars on a jump in a race, with good timing like a drummer fliping his styx.
Mark McBride -Magoo At indian Dunes  May 9, 2010 07:45 PM
I spent my youth at Indian Dunes rubbing elbows with the likes of Hannah, Lackey, Wardy and the likes. My most vivid memories were of Magoo running on the International track and just flying. I never saw anyone run that track as fast and with that much skill. RIP Magoo...RIP.
John Baker -Thanks for the memories Danny  May 9, 2010 06:42 PM
I first saw Danny at the Houston Supercross, and of course read about him in motocross action and dirt bike magazines in the 70's and early 80's. I used to marvel at his riding style. You were a riding hero of my youth Danny...I miss you.

Greg Vitali -You Will Always Be Remembered  May 9, 2010 08:38 AM
I have followed the sport of motocross since the mid 70's, back when guys like "Magoo" were really making it happen! I always looked forward to seeing Danny do something new and incredible. Who could ever forget "The Magoo Double" at Saddleback, or his USGP win at Carlsbad, or his high flyin at Sears Point! Danny, you will be missed, but never forgotten. Thanks Danny for all that you did for our great sport. Thank you Brad, and others, for all that you did for Danny.
Craig Williams -xx  May 9, 2010 04:17 AM
legend for ever
Jessi -hero  May 9, 2010 02:10 AM
I was so shocked when I heard the news... Magoo is mine and my best friend's hero. We have always looked up to Magoo, and I'm sure he still will, Magoo is the type of person that will live on forever. Someone like him is NEVER forgotten. Magoo, was an amazing person. That's how awesomely amazing he is. Danny "Magoo" Chandler is apart of us that we'll never loose. we <3 Magoo
Kevin McGuigan -Magoo  May 8, 2010 10:14 PM
My thoughts and prayers got out to Danny and his family. His speed and style, be it at Carnegie, Argyle, Watsonville, etc. were awesome.

I watched him reach his potential under the guidance of Laurens Offner owner of LOP then on to team Honda.

Godspeed Magoo.
shawn plamondon -ill never forget that race  May 8, 2010 08:35 PM
when i was twelve years old the older neighborhood kid drove us down to the 125 500 washougal national theres a downhill jump there that magoo was flying 30 to 40 feet farther than any other rider pancaking his bike clear on the flat. i still talk about that to this day. now with the passing of magoo it gives those memories even more meaning. they say that magoo is the reason they put in the left hand turn at the bottom of the turn for safety. r.i.p. magoo
Mark Heller -worked for Maico in the 70's  May 8, 2010 08:07 PM
I worked for Maico Motorcycles in Burbank, CA, in the late 70's when Danny was a factory rider for them. Came to know him through the races and team, he was a fierce competitor and good kid. Always happy and loved racing. I think he would have done it for free. Of all the riders, at that time, he probably had the most natural talent. He did a lot for the sport and his talen and his smile and freckle face will be missed.
Tom Morris -re: Danny was a Rocketship on one wheel!  May 8, 2010 01:24 PM
I always felt if Magoo just backed off two seconds per lap he would be a multiple National and World Champion. Danny went fast when it did not matter and he NEVER followed anyone including Broc Glover, Bob Hannah nor his hero and dear friend Brad Lackey. I witnessed his victory in Moto 1 at the 1982 Carsbad GP. I was so proud to have wagered and won with two Orange County spectators when they asked me who I thought would win the GP that day. I confidently answered that Magoo would win! They laughed and mocked me, then lectured me that Darryl Shultz, worlds points leader Brad Lackey or local ace Broc Glover were their superior picks---all excellent ones I agreed. BUT it was mudddy and Magoo is a ROCKETSHIP in sand, mud and slop. I think Magoo fell off his factory Honda (washed put his front wheel) three times in moto 1 and still lapped most of the field---His lap times were off-the-chart IMPRESSIVE and UTTERLY AMAZING!

One time Danny was nearly one full lap up on the 125 expert field at Dixon (Argyll Park) on his Dirt Factory KTM so he pulled off the track and proceeded to spin donuts off-track around some old tires for a few minutes until a dozen riders passed him---he resumed racing and repassed them all, yet again.

What Magoo could do at the E-street track in Marysville is legendary too. He was is another universe in deep sand, whoops, tree roots, concrete and rebar exposures.

So many Magoo stories and so many great friends and fellow elite and novice racers whom he influenced in a positive way.

I will miss him.
Sam Vanderhoof -"If you dont fall off once in awhile .....you are not going fast enough"  May 7, 2010 09:51 PM
Danny said it best!
He taught me how to ride a MX bike the fastest way around a turn. It still works for me today!!!!! I will miss you Magoo man.

Chris York -nobody mxr fan  May 7, 2010 03:15 PM
Sad 2 hear the news. Danny was the best moto rider ever in my opinion. I bought the dvd a few months back and was amazed by Dannys moto skills. A true natural of the sport. God bless "Magoo" R.I.P.
Danny Olsen -Great Memories  May 7, 2010 01:52 PM
I raced many years with Danny, some of them even on the same team. Growing up together, we practiced and hung out together alot. I am very saddened by this news - I last saw Danny a few years ago at Hangtown and it felt as if no time at all had passed. I have great memories of our racing years and will never forget Danny.
S. Ellis -Ex Racer and Fan  May 7, 2010 12:13 PM
Only saw Danny race a few times, but when I did it was truly memorable. A sad day today, but the race memories and smile will live forever. Prayers for you and family.

Marty Johnson -Great Memories  May 7, 2010 11:32 AM
I raced with Danny when he was 13 and I was 15 years old around the Sacramento area. We both had CZ 250's. Not long after that, I used to call the Motorcycle shops on Friday to find out where he would be racing on Sunday. Not to race against him - so we could go watch him! He was unreal as a little kid on a bike. Had to see it to belive it. He stood straight up and leaned over the bars and would never sit down through the whole race. There will never be another Magoo. He will be missed and never forgotten.
Chill -Sad  May 7, 2010 09:00 AM
I remember him well as all my brothers raced during the same time and ran in the same circles. He'll be missed....
Lazaro Garcia -RIP DANNY"MAGOO"CHANDLER  May 7, 2010 06:41 AM
Danny you were an incredible isnpiration to me!!! you will be missed!!! what a dinamic rider allways wide open!!!
Phil #91 -Godspeed Danny  May 7, 2010 04:52 AM
There was no duplicity in you.
We will truly miss you.
John Kooy -A Motocross Hero  May 6, 2010 07:44 PM
I am the same age as Magoo, and grew admiring him. No one raced with more enthusiasime than Magoo. Some of my best memories were at Saddleback watching him clear that up hill double. I watched all his moves during his time racing, and after his accident always kept him in mind. Brad Lackey summed it up perfectly! Godspeed Danny, we will miss you!
Michael Collins -Owner "Dirt Factory"  May 6, 2010 07:07 PM
The parts that you all find laying around the tracks at helvetia,Marysville, Watsonville,Dixon,Sandhill Ranch and yes no Doubt that of Hangtown, are more likely the parts from that beastly KTM that came from the Dirt Factory.
Rest in piece and God Speed Magoo
Michael Collins
Shaitan -Go Danny Go-o  May 6, 2010 06:53 PM
Hope you're riding around somewhere good Danny. My dad died at 45 due to paralysis-related issues from a car crash in his early years, so I'm glad you got a few more years and some kick ass riding in before saying adios.
Steve Allen -Heartbroke  May 6, 2010 06:46 PM
I'm the same age as Danny and this is a reality check for a lot of us old motocrossers. I'll see him in heaven one day.
Pigpen -My supporter Magoo shirt...  May 6, 2010 06:33 PM
I wore a supporter Magoo shirt every time I rode at carnegie motorcycle park when I was a kid. I am also paralyzed now.

Konrad Kiaser -Fan  May 6, 2010 05:56 PM
I raced against Danny when he was starting out. He was a really nice guy. I will cherish the memories of chasing him on his CZ.
August Mozart -Mr  May 6, 2010 04:01 PM
Saw "Magoo" Chandler for the first time in the late 70's early 80's at Sears Point on a Maico, and was a huge fan ever since. I remember he crashed and bent the bars and tore off the front fender (not to mention the pipe was falling off), but he kept the gas on "full bore" all the way to the end. He was always one of my favorite riders, a true legend of the sport. One of the greats of all time. Rest easy now Magoo, I'm sure you will be up there showing them all how it's really done...full crossups!!
Paul Troutner -fond memeories  May 6, 2010 03:55 PM
Being close to Dannys age and so into anything with two wheels i was a fan. My fondest memory was running into him at the Dennys on my way to race the Fools Gold in Georgetown. He had nothing to say but HAVE FUN RIDE LIKE HELL i'll always remember that
Keith Chandler -RIP Danny  May 6, 2010 03:48 PM
God speed Danny,rest in peace.
Lou Blanchard -Magoo you impressed a generation with your raw talent and love of the sport of Motocross.  May 6, 2010 01:08 PM
I sat in awe of what Danny "Magoo" Chandler did on a motorcycle at tracks like Helvetia, Marysville, Watsonville, Dixon, Sandhill and especially Hangtown. I first saw him do his giant killer thing in 76 against the likes of Smith, Hart and Hannah. I saw him flail the beasty KTM of which Woodland Cycle sponsored him into pieces. He was fearless and brave like a Gladiator. With all that said his greatest work was the work he did to enlighten modern day riders and more importantly parents on safety. There are untold numbers who should be greatful for his diligence in this regard. Danny enjoy those tracks in heaven for now you ride again!
RR -Bummer  May 6, 2010 11:41 AM
It sucks when our heros pass...