Movie director F. Gary Gray combined his love for filmmaking and motorcycles in a newly released documentary short called “F. Gary Gray’s Journey To Daytona.” The film is apart of a series of docu-videos used to culminate Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary.
The man behind box-office hits like “Friday,” “Set It Off,” and “Law Abiding Citizen” describes riding his Harley-Davidson as a form of meditation. “When I’m not working, I’m riding,” said Gray.
In the documentary, Gray and his celebrity friends ride their custom Harley-Davidson motorcycles on an epic journey from Atlanta to Black Bike Week in Dayton Beach Fla. Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner (“The Cosby Show,” “Reed Between The Lines”) was one of the stars who joined Gray, on his motorcycle trek to Florida.
Black Bike Week is one of the largest annual gatherings of black bikers in the United States. Gray wore the Harley-Davidson Freedom Jacket on his journey.
“The Freedom Jacket symbolizes the brotherhood between riders.” said Gray. “Adding a patch honoring the Iron Elite represents Harley’s long history with African American riders; whether you’re in a group or a single rider, we all have this unspoken bond.”
As part the Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary Celebration, the company enlisted riders from around the world to take the Freedom Jacket on an adventure and to share their stories online. The Freedom Jacket will pass from rider to rider as it travels the globe. It will return to Milwaukee for a final celebration and display at the Harley-Davidson Museum over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29 through Sept. 1.
According to Harley-Davidson, since the company was founded in 1903, African Americans have had a defining impact on Harley-Davidson’s brand and motorcycling culture. It is a history filled with visionaries, artists, leaders and revolutionaries.
VIDEO: Watch the documentary “F. Gary Gray’s Journey To Daytona” below.