David Essex has made a few good films, and this one from 1980 is no exception.
He plays Nick Freeman, who leads a dull life working in a car parts department by day, wannabe motorbike champion on the weekend.
When his brother dies in a motorbike accident, he inherits a prototype bike that his brother built. His intentions thereon, is to race and win at Silverstone. Helped along by his friend, Cider, played by Clarke Peters. They find themselves up against tough competition with the cream of the professional bike racing community, with the best bikes, sponsors, and endless amounts of cash. Through this fraternity, he makes a rival, Bruce McBride, played by Beau Bridges. Christina Raines plays Beau Bridges girlfriend, but later leaves him for David Essex. The climatic race sequence will have you on the edge of your seat.
David Essex sings the theme tune 'Silver Dream Machine', as well as another midway through, 'Looking for Someone'.
Unlike an earlier release of this film on dvd, this one, from Network, is in the original 2.35:1 ratio, and has the full original ending. However, it is not anamorphic, so loses some quality, but is still watchable, and the only version out there in the correct ratio. It also has an alternative ending, which is a shortened ending of the original. Theatrical releases in the U.K. were left intact. However, this shortened ending was used in American prints. So the U.S. never saw the full ending as it was intended to be seen!
There is no problems with the soundtrack, which is mono.