Hennessy has announced the launch of a new video that celebrates the life cycling legend Marshall “Major” Taylor.
In the late 1890s, “Major” Taylor became the best cyclist of his time, and throughout his career dominated his competition in the U.S and abroad.
He held seven world records by 1898, and in 1899, became the first African American to win a world championship. As one of the world’s first international sports stars, Taylor became an unrivaled champion whose “Wild Rabbit” fueled his search for a worthy adversary, which he never found.
Taylor’s perseverance to achieve new levels of greatness despite adversity is universally inspiring and this is a largely untold story that we felt needed to be brought to light,” said Giles Woodyer, Senior Vice President, Hennessy US. “Hennessy has always been committed to celebrating important cultural moments and sharing the stories that help shape our world. We hope that this remarkable journey of an American hero will inspire others to push the limits of potential–to continue striving, to Never stop. Never settle.”
The campaign was developed in collaboration with long-term partner Droga5 who has been at the helm of the “Wild Rabbit” creative evolution since 2012. This year’s spot draws inspiration from old photographs, books and online resources as well as interviews and Taylor’s self-published autobiography, The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World. To keep the story authentic, the scenes were shot in one of the world’s few fully operational wooden velodromes.
To further celebrate this story, Hennessy is working with ESPN to share the pioneering cyclist’s legacy in a powerful short-form documentary with commentary from BMX rider Nigel Sylvester and road cyclist Ayesha McGowan. The film, airing April 22nd on ESPN at 3:00pm ET, invites viewers to discover Taylor’s drive, determination, and ongoing quest to break barriers in pursuit of his dreams.
Hennessy is collaborating with contemporary visionaries in music, art, fashion and philanthropy who have been moved by Taylor’s story and share his same “Never stop. Never settle.” mentality:
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