Award Winning Short ‘No Ordinary Passenger’ Featured at 12th Annual Garden State Film Festival

Stirring Story of 1950’s Motorcycle Sidecar Racing World Champion Stan Dibben shines light on post-war Grand Prix racing
By: Garden State Film Festival
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - April 3, 2014 - PRLog -- 'No Ordinary Passenger,' the short film about Stan Dibben, a motorcycle racing legend of the 1950's, will be featured at The Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday, April 5th.

The film stars Dibben, a remarkably witty and spry British man, now 88 years of age, who in 1953 won the World Motorcycle Sidecar Championship. Mr. Dibben, who raced motorbikes at the Isle of Man and across Europe in the post- war era, recounts the history, excitement and perils of sidecar racing, the three-wheeled motor sport that was extremely popular in 1950's Europe. In the film, Mr. Dibben, rightly so, takes great umbrage at the term 'passenger' as applied to his role in racing.

"Racing sidecar in the Grand Prix era required stamina, fitness and fearlessness," says Dibben, who still follows the modern version of the sport today. "The passenger and the driver work together as a team, equally important, and the slightest miscalculation in timing and balance can lead to deadly results."

“No Ordinary Passenger,” had it’s US debut at the 2013 LA Sports Film Festival where it won a bronze medal in the best foreign film category. It is the directorial debut of Cabell Hopkins, a London-based filmmaker and commercial producer, who knew Stan when he was a youngster. "Stan, my neighbor, would drive me to school on occasion, and tell me stories of his remarkable life. This short film only scratches the surface of what is one of the most interesting and accomplished men I've ever known." Hopkins added, "I have found inspiration in Mr. Dibben, who has approached life with a great spirit of adventure."

Dibben's life story, one that takes him from the British Armed Forces in WW2, to professional jazz trumpeter, to daredevil motorcycle racer and road tester, to businessman, inventor and beyond, is captured in his autobiography, 'Hold On', which is available as a digital download on Amazon.

About the Garden State Film Festival

The Garden State Film Festival was envisioned by 25-year film industry veteran Diane Raver and the late Hollywood actor Robert Pastorelli in 2002 and launched the following year. Since 2003, thousands of films have made their public premiers, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world have attended; and the total infusion of cash to local businesses since inception exceeds $5 million. Until 2013, it was held in Asbury Park, in and around the Convention Center complex.  In 2014, it will move to Atlantic City as a major component of DO AC, the marketing campaign to promote arts and culture the city spearheaded by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.  The GSFF is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization.

For more information about the Garden State Film Festival, contact: Diane Raver at 732-359-6467 or

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