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Motorcycle Experience


by LINDSAY THOMPSON Contributing Writer, TMN


Think back to 1989. The internet hadn’t


appeared in the average home. We could still afford gas for our cars. My scalp didn’t show through my hair, and a small light appeared on the horizon for Canadian motorcycle enthusiasts. Motorcycle Ex- perience began production. The very first motorcycle magazine


television show in North America was created by Dave Hatch, in his company, Whistlestop Productions. Dave envisioned a motorcycle tv show for Canadian riders by Canadian riders. 21 years later, one hundred thousand weekly viewers con- tinue to tune in. You can’t miss the pride that both Dave and his partner Stacey feel about creating and continuing to produce this iconic show. Many readers will remember Hatch


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from the original Canadian Superbike broadcasts. As one half of the on-air team, Dave had partnered in that venture with Colin Fraser as PMP and built a truly Na- tional Series that could be perfectly pack- aged for viewers on both Speed Channel (as it was known back then) and TSN. The number of Canadian racers who gained American exposure through that enterprise is uncountable. It also showed American riders that there was some real


competition north of the border and the legacy of cross-border racing continues. Dave Hatch is not without his own rac-


ing experience. He raced in 1987, ’89 and 90, managing a best finish of second place in a WERA event at Grattan, Michigan. After four years of partnership, Hatch


was ready to begin the creation of Whis- tlestop and The Motorcycle Experience, and the two parted as friends. Fraser


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