FULLERTON, CA (June 30, 2013) — The story of John Penton is not just an American story…it’s an international story. And the producers got the opportunity to begin weaving that part of the story with a trip to “the old world” recently by visiting Italy and Austria to interview some of John’s old friends and business associates.
This 10-day trip was made up of John and Jack Penton, Director/Producer, Todd Huffman, Director of Photography, Keith Martin, Audio Engineer, Paul Both and Jack Martin who was the original inspiration for the film. He was introduced as “the spark plug” for the film. We flew into Venice, Italy and from there headed to Albino, Italy and the home of Acerbis to interview Franco Acerbis and Arnaldo Farioli. From there, Asolo, Italy and the home of Alpinestars to chat with Sante Mazzarolo and a great tour of Alpinestars.
A trip through the Austrian Alps, past castles, etc. on the way to Mattighofen, Austria where KTM calls home. The crew stayed in Austria for six days completing interviews with many KTM employees including Kalman Cseh who was John’s interpreter for most of his business in Europe as well as the beautiful Erika Trunkenpolz, the widow of KTM CEO (when John was working with them) Erich Trunkenpolz.
The crew captured interviews from 10 people along with many other scenic shots to be used in the film and acquired many archival still pictures as well.