Featured In the May 2021 issue of Roadracing World:
In the 1978 movie Hooper, actors Burt Reynolds and Jan-Michael Vincent portrayed Hollywood stuntmen working in the film industry. Vehicle crashes, high falls, fight scenes, and huge car jumps highlighted the action/comedy and the real work done by stunt performers every day in the entertainment industry.
But where do stuntmen come from? In the case of Tom McComas, they come from the streets of Chicago and the world of road racing. “I was just fascinated with motorcycles from a young age,” said McComas. “My dad had an old BMW R 60 that I used to take out without his knowledge and taught myself how to ride. I amazingly never crashed that, and I still don’t know how that’s possible…”
—Hanging With Racer-Turned-Hollywood-Stuntman Tom McComas
Tom McComas honed his skills on two wheels racing on the streets and on the track, then used those skills on the silver screen. Read the story of a motorcyclist whose work you are most likely familiar with, even if you don’t know his name – it’s in the latest issue of Roadracing World!
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