Memorial service set for Danny Chandler at Hangtown MX National

Brad and Lori Lackey have received confirmation from the Dirt Diggers Motorcycle Club that there a memorial service for Danny "Magoo" Chandler will be held at the opening round of the motocross national series at Hangtown, near Fresno, Calif.

Brad Lackey had been spearheading an effort to get a new special needs Sprinter van for Magoo, who passed away on May 4 at age 50. Lackey had planned to present Chandler with the van at Hangtown as part of the Nationals on Saturday.

The memorial service will be held at noon on Sunday, May 23, in the white media tent. "Family, friends and anyone who wants to pay their respects is invited," said Lackey

The "wild man" from Northern California was one of the sport's hardest chargers. He became anmotocross hero when he won all four motos of the 1982 Motocross and Trophee des Nations races, a feat never duplicated. He also won the USGP at Carlsbad in 1982 to help cement his reputation as the best rider in the world that year.

His racing career came to a premature end when a crash at the 1985 Paris Supercross left him paralyzed; however, "Magoo" continued to build a legion of fans, speaking of his experiences at schools and hospitals.

More details of the memorial service will be announced as they become available at: or

Posted by Mary Slepicka