John Penton’s actual 1958 NSU used in re-creations for film

Posted by June 3, 2013 News 7 Comments

FULLERTON, CA (June 3, 2013) — Part of the challenge in creating a documentary about a story covering such a long time-span is finding appropriate archival materials to go with the interviews. Film Director, Todd Huffman knew there would not be an abundance of old film or pictures of John Penton racing to help tell the story so Huffman is relying on some re-creations for part of the visuals.

John Penton was very successful during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s on his little 175cc NSU that he won many off-road races on. The crew had the privilege of being able to shoot some re-creations on John’s actual NSU that is now owned by Jeff Borer of Amherst, OH. Mr. Borer rescued the bike from a “chicken coup” and meticulously restored it back to it’s original luster. Then, he miraculously let our crew get it dirty, muddy and run it in the rain shooting a bunch of scenes over two days in Amherst. Jack Penton was doubling his father for these scenes.

The shots turned out awesome and we thank you Mr. Borer for letting us get your pride and joy a little muddy for this important film.


  • Preston Petty says:

    That’s how we got acquainted. John and I both raced the 125/175 NSU.
    Earl Flanders (Flanders Co) was the west coast importer of NSU and was
    also very proud of Johns racing accomplishments.
    In early Feb 1957, I won the 125cc National Scrambles Championship @Crater Bowl on my SuperFox so I was part of the small NSU racing clan.
    (never raced the 175cc ‘Maxi’ since 175cc classes were rare, but races always had a 125cc class)
    The 175cc Maxi looked like an overbored 125cc engine for much needed extra horsepower.
    During the late 1950s NSU had excellent engines for racing.
    Thank you for making the movie about John Penton.

    • David Harreld says:

      So many familiar names here, if not faces. Gotta find this movie somewhere. I was alerted to it today by an old Newberg friend.

  • Bryan Young says:

    In 1971-1972 I had two NSU motorcycles just like this but all black. I got them free from a neighbor while living in Wiesbaden, Germany. They had been in a basement for years.
    Wish I could have brought them to America but I knew it wouldn’t make it to Oregon

  • Rosalyn says:

    I wanted you guys to know that Jeff Borer Passed away yesterday from a heart attack. This was one of the things that he was so proud to have been involved with. Please keep his family in your prayers

    • Margie says:

      So very sorry for your loss, Rosalyn. I came to the website to read about the movie, which I can’t wait to see. I am happy that at least Jeff was able to see his motorcycle have a very important supporting role in the film.
      I had to laugh at the spelling of chicken coop. Although, one definition of the word ‘coup’ is an act of bravery, which restoration so well done could very well be…the bike is a testimony of that.

  • Tony Schanz says:

    I’m very sad to learn of “NSU Jeff” Borer’s passing today. One of my friends on the Cincinnati Café Racer Group page was sending the Penton movie link around and I went to the movie’s Facebook page and read Todd Huffman’s post. I go to Mid-Ohio Vintage Motorcycle Days every year, and that’s where I first met Jeff. I was vice president of DomiRacer Distributors and he would occasionally buy NSU parts and memorabilia from me. He came to our warehouse once with his parents. I also ran into Jeff Borer and Al Buehner at the Barber Vintage Motorcycle festival. Nice to see people from Ohio you know at Barbers in Alabama. I will never forget when Jeff brought the NSU to Mid-Ohio to show to John Penton. He was never more proud of any project completed than this one and you could see it in his smile. The same smile he wore as he spoke of his involvement in this movie, when I last saw Jeff at Mid-Ohio this year. That smile, his laidback personality, and his willingness to help others will be greatly missed. Godspeed NSU Jeff.

  • Jim Hackney says:

    It’s a fantastic film. I loved every minute of it. I feel extremely lucky to call John Penton my friend. He stops by in the morning sometimes to talk. All dirt bike riders should see this story. You won’t regret it.

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