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Mister Roadrunner starring Jools Holland

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alan wright

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Don't know if a lot of people know this but in the early nineties Jools Holland made a film for Channel 4 TV ( UK) in which he rode a C Rapide from Nashville down through Mississippi to New Orleans. It was a kind of musical "road" movie with a semi-fantasy ( voodoo) thread. It must have been a fantasy 'cos the Vin started first kick every time!! The film lasts one and a half hours and our hero meets many famous musicians,mainly rythm and blues, both English and American on his journey. I have a copy on video cassette which is losing its clarity so I have e-mailed Channel 4 asking if there is any possibility of issuing it as a DVD and I await their reply. In the meantime does any one out there have a copy on DVD . If not perhaps enough interest may prompt Channel 4 into action.....Wait to hear from you, best regards Alan
 

Diogenes

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Mister Roadrunner starring Jools Holland 2

Don't hold your breath waiting for a sensible reply from Channel 4.
Just get on with arranging a transfer of programme from VHS tape to DVD, before it deteriorates more.
Channel 4 are in big trouble now and are unlikely to do anything positive about your request.
 

Alan J

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I just cannot imagine Jools Holland on any bike-especially a Vincent! Would he recognise a "whitworth spanner?"
 

scout

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I remember this program very well, & it galvanized my resolve to get a twin. I would be very grateful if you could produce a DVD for me too. I remember the bit about Harleys being for girls too, & he subsequently walking into a bar full of burly leather clad Harley owners
 

roy the mechanic

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Whilst not a fan of Mr Holland , I do beleive him to be a member of the "dangerous sports club" . Many stories of derring-do + motor cycles abound.
 
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alan wright

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Hi Folks, a bit of news from Channel 4. It seems that EMI own the rights to this film so I have written to them in London asking if copies are available and await their reply. If not I will take up the kind offer of Mr Nulli S. On the front cover of MPH 503 (DEC 1990) is a photo of Jools and the bike outside Skullbone General Store and inside is an article by Somer Hooker on his involvement and he mentions that Jools regularly rides a Velo. There are several photos of Jools and his Venom in the latest reprint of " Velocette Motorcycles-MSS to Thruxton " by Rod Burris and also a photo of the late, great Fred Dibnah sitting on the bike. I can personally confirm that Jools Holland did indeed own and ride the Venom as he sent his right hand man, Kos Kosovic to the Woburn Velo Club bring and buy with a Venom front brake drum to sell, which I bid for after a few pints, only to get it home and find it had a small crack on the spoke flange.....so if you meet Jools tell him he owes me 12 quid !!! I also reckon he had a Vin because I dimly recall him asking a late member of the Herts and Beds VOC to dispose of it for him. It's very exciting, isn' it ??!!! I must get out more !!! Best regards, Alan
 

Alan J

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Wrong again! I do apologise to Mr. Holland If he can start "a velo" he is a better man than many of us!
 

Len Matthews

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Talking of well known musicians, am I right in recalling that Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits fame was/is a Vincent owner?
 

roy the mechanic

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I don't know about a Vin, he certainly owned a B R M, when shown the shrapnel in Hall+Fowlers dyno room and was told "this was from the last time we ran it" his wallet had severe contractions!
 
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alan wright

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Bonjour, we used to see Mark regularly at UK race tracks when he had aspirations to be a Porsche Championship driver. He used to turn up with James Weaver and he was a very quick learner but I don't think he had the time needed to become a regular entrant. While we are name dropping I remember Rowan Atkinson being a very quick driver in single seaters and also he did all his own boring stuff like scrutineering, weighbridge etc, unlike some "celebrities" who thought it was beneath them. Dave lee Travis seemed a good bloke but the guy who provided the most hilarity among the proper drivers was "Upside down" Andrew Ridgeley (from Take that??) in Formula Renault. I have a rare photo of him the right way up; i.e. on 4 wheels !!! Also remember Alain de Cadenet, th Le Mans driver had a B Shadow, don't know if he still has. Sorry to go off thread a bit but it's raining outside...........Best regards, Alan
 

Tnecniv Edipar

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Just had a good ol' browse to see if this had been released on DVD but is seems not. Even his own website doesn't show it in the shop section. There is plenty of mention of the programme itself on movie , media and biog sites though.
Jools is indeed a classic bike fan , in fact there are many seemingly unlikely celeb classic bike fans , including Vic Reeves !!
 
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alan wright

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Hi Dave, got your message and tried to reply but the machine said I failed ( I am not worthy !!!!). I have a mate over here who reckons he can make a DVD copy from my tape but I haven't seen him lately. Also I have not heard from Channel 4/ EMI International yet as to the availability of a "professional" copy. Congrats on the new arrival, sign him up asap !!! Best regards Alan
 

Somer

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I just stumbeled upon this thread. That was my Rapide and it was an excellent bike. I originally sold it t othe late Dick Busby in 83?
Anyway, it was extremely reliable. I turned down the film offer at 1st.Then Jools rang me up and told me about his experince.He also had other vintage bikes and was friends with Chicago's Mike Urschel.
Terms were agreed on and I met up with them.
I wound up touring with them for a week. The only time the bike ever gave trouble was during the filming! I had a seal go out in the front hub and had to repair it at 1am to meet a shoot at 8am.Jools was very keenly interested in the Vincent and as I understand later acquired one.
He was a brillant person.He wrote the whole movie as he went along.
 

vibrac

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He had a Vin for sure I have seen it at a local steam fair in the parade stalls years ago
not such an enthusiast as David Janson but is definitely not a poser
If you come across a celebrity on a bike take it from me they appreciate being treated like another rider rather than getting the inane questions and requests they get from Joe public and often with a common interest like bikes it makes it easier to do
 

clevtrev

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I just stumbeled upon this thread. That was my Rapide and it was an excellent bike. I originally sold it t othe late Dick Busby in 83?
Anyway, it was extremely reliable. I turned down the film offer at 1st.Then Jools rang me up and told me about his experince.He also had other vintage bikes and was friends with Chicago's Mike Urschel.
Terms were agreed on and I met up with them.
I wound up touring with them for a week. The only time the bike ever gave trouble was during the filming! I had a seal go out in the front hub and had to repair it at 1am to meet a shoot at 8am.Jools was very keenly interested in the Vincent and as I understand later acquired one.
He was a brillant person.He wrote the whole movie as he went along.

I have a photo of you and Dick unloading off your pickup. But I think you have the year wrong.
 

Prince Duster

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Jools' favourite bike was - dunno about now - an Egli-Vincent. I read this, and on meeting him chatted to him about such things. Mike Urschel used to store his Royal Enfield at his place, before setting off on European trips on it. Both musos. It was also where Vic Reeves rented garage space. Jools Holland was a firm Velo man, but not sure he is now. The cross-USA film is very good. The end piece features, from memory, George Harrison, and the great Herbie Flowers, bass player for Blue Mink, Bowie and on Walk on the Wild Side... and the man who taught me my first few chords on guitar.
 

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