Hurricane Hannah "Gravity Cavity" Bronze
Hurricane Hannah "Gravity Cavity" Bronze Sculpture
Hurricane Hannah "Gravity Cavity" Bronze Sculpture by Clyde "Ross" Morgan.
Hurricane Hannah "Gravity Cavity" Bronze
Motocross is now roughly 50 years old in the United States and has developed into a mature sport with a rich history. Collectors of memorabilia are everywhere. When Torsten Hallman laid down some of the first knobby foot prints on american soil in 1966, it would be the beginning of one of the largest participation motorsports in the United States. People from all walks of life from janitors to movie stars have participated but very few have accended to the top at the professional level. Seven time AMA Champion Bob "Hurricane" Hannah is one of those few and without a doubt one of the best and most celebrated motocross riders of all time. His "no-holds-barred" determination on the track often got him into some interesting situations where it appeared that all hope was lost and a spectacular crash was just moments away. More often than not, Bob would pull off the most incredible "save" imaginable and avoid disaster. One of these moments was captured by legendary moto journalist Dick Miller during the 1979 250 USGP at Unadilla New York. When Hannah exited the famous "Gravity Cavity" wide open on his works Yamaha, the rear end kicked and sent Hannah out-of-control at tree level. As the crowd gasped and looked on anticipating imminent doom for the "Hurricane," Dick Miller snapped off what would become one of the most famous photographs in motocross history. Decades later this famous photograph has become the subject for the first ever estate quality "Bronze Sculpture" available to the public in very limited quantity.
World renowned sculptor Clyde "Ross" Morgan, famous for his Western and Southwestern as well as 1932 Ford sculptures, was comissioned by Scott Boyer to do the "Gravity Cavity" bronze. The completed project took several months of around the clock effort to get everything absolutely right and the final result is nothing short of stunning. It is a spectacular masterpiece in every sense of the word. From every angle the bronze at nearly 2 ft. tall and over 50lbs. looks so real it is hard to believe that it was made using one photograph as a reference. It is one of those rare pieces of art where you could imagine building a room around it. You have to see it to believe it.
There is only going to be 39 total pieces made in celebration of Bob Hannah's first AMA championship number and then the molds will be destroyed and the remains evenly distributed to the buyers. Clyde's Southwestern art and 1932 Ford art goes for ten's of thousands of dollars a piece and is collected and coveted by collectors all over the world. We feel that with the rich history of motocross, something like this is long over due and with the celebrity of Bob Hannah, this sculpture will exceed expectations. It is a tangible asset in a world ruled by paper. We feel this is a fantastic investment that would fit any portfolio and at only 39 copies worldwide has nowhere to go but up. We have infact ordered one ourselves for the MXworksbike museum. For more information contact "Heroes in Bronze" on Facebook or use the "Contact us" form on this site and we will direct you to Scott Boyer.
All eyes on Hannah as he desperately tries to save the out-of-control works Yamaha 30 ft off the ground. This is the famous photo from the 1979 USGP at Unadilla that inspired this sculpture.
Clyde "Ross" Morgan
One of the last plastic design projects that I was involved with before changing careers to that of a sculptor was working with Scott Boyer at Scott USA in the development of an all plastic motorcycle boot during the ‘70’s.
Fast forward to the present, my sculpting career has been greatly influenced by my experience and technology used in the plastic engineering field. This has served me well regarding my goals of depicting people who have made history by doing what they loved and doing it well.
Examples: Lane Parrish, remarkable skier, Duff Severe, considered by the Smithsonian Institute as the finest saddle maker, Joe Beeler, founder of the world renown Cowboy Artists of America, and Dale Earnhardt, world champion NASCAR driver, to name just a few.
When Scott Boyer suggested doing a bronze motorcycle with Bob Hannah riding it, I was immediately drawn to the project from several standpoints. It fit perfectly with my goals of depicting newsmakers who are excellent at what they do, and it also included some of my personal history with the Scott boots.
It would be a very challenging project, starting with the replication of the actual motorcycle that had been ridden which was in Terry Good’s private collection in Chicago. Then there was the engineering challenge of portraying the rider suspended by only the handlebars, and last but not least was the challenge of producing such a complex piece by way of the very imperfect lost wax casting process. In fact the more one is aware of the limitations of the bronze casting process, the more one can see that this sculpture is truly unique. I’ve noticed that the most impressed people, outside of motorcycle riders who know their machines and the story of Bob Hannah, are the actual foundry workers who have expressed amazement at the final result.
In doing historical bronzes, it has been of paramount importance to me to be as accurate in the depictions as possible, because unlike history books that can be lost or damaged over time, bronze lasts forever. - Clyde "Ross" Morgan www.clyderossmorgan.com
Scott Boyer and Sculptor Clyde "Ross" Morgan
The Hannah Bronze is more than an iconic moment in sports captured by a famous artist, which it surely is, but a chance for reconnection between old friends. In my mid-twenties I transitioned from the ski industry where I worked with elite atheletes in developing ski boots used on the world cup circuit, to work at Scott USA applying plastic ski boot technology to motorcycle boots. Part of that team put together in 1976 besides myself was a designer and tool maker named Clyde Morgan and a 19 year old from Lancaster Ca, Bob Hannah. All 3 of us have gone on to accomplish many other things on our own paths between 1976 and 2015, but the opportunity to work together again to create a piece that would commemorate this important event in history was just too tempting to pass up.
The result is the moto industry's first collectable "Estate" quality "Bronze Sculpture." "Hurricane" Hannah is captured in the iconic photo that freezes wild action during the 1979 250 US Grand Prix at Unadilla New York. Bob careens out of the famous "Gravity Cavity" airborne and 95% out of control, feet flying above the seat, with nothing in contact with the machine but his hands desperately hanging on to the grips seeking to regain control... vintage Hannah action. The sculpture captures for all time this spectacular moment in history. - Scott Boyer
Scott Boyer, Tom White and artist Clyde "Ross" Morgan pose with Bronze #1 at the High Hopes Charity event at Tom's museum.
Terry and Scott have shared details about the moment in time and the collaboration with artist Clyde “Ross” Morgan to bring this captured image to life in a fabulous bronze. I’ve checked out the images on the website and they are wonderful. Yet, and trust me on this, the photo’s don’t begin to do justice for how amazing this treasure is. You’ve got to touch it, turn it, and inspect it with a magnifying glass to begin to comprehend how cool this work of art is.
Scott Boyer asked me if they could debut the bronze at my Bikes and Burgers event this last May. The event was sold out at 800 guests and the bronze was the highlight of the show. We raised well over $100,000 that day with with all proceeds going to the High Hopes Head Injury Program that helps my son Brad and so many others. I can not thank Terry, Scott, Clyde, John and Rita Gregory, Bob Hannah and the two buyers that stepped up at the event to purchase the first 2 of what I understand will be just 39 of these estate quality bronzes. I’d like to especially acknowledge David Clement for allowing his Hannah bronze to be displayed in my museum. I have located it so when I look out of my office into the museum – the sculpture is front and center. Yes, I’m a very lucky guy. Hope you have an opportunity to purchase or view this work of art sometime. - Tom White
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