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Legend, Hall of Famer and they just made a film about him!

Discussion in 'General Discussion / News / Information' started by Dougal, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. This guy is incredible! Film is called: The Fastest Indian

    Herbert James "Burt" Munro
    (Bert in his youth) (25 March 1899 – 6 January 1978) was a New Zealand motorcycle racer, famous for setting an under-1,000 cc world record, at Bonneville, 26 August 1967.[sup][2][/sup] This record still stands today. Munro was 68 and was riding a 47-year-old machine when he set his last record.[sup][3][/sup]
    Working from his home in Invercargill, he worked for 20 years to highly modify the 1920 Indian motorcycle that he had bought that same year. Munro set his first New Zealand speed record in 1938 and later set seven more. He travelled to compete at the Bonneville Salt Flats, attempting to set world speed records. During his ten visits to the salt flats, he set three speed records, one of which still stands today.
    Munro's Indian Scout was very early off the production line, being only the 627th Scout to leave the American factory.[sup][6][/sup] The bike had an original top speed of 55 mph (89 km/h).[sup][2][/sup] But this did not satisfy Munro, so in 1926 he decided to start modifying his beloved Indian.
    The biggest two challenges for Munro to overcome while modifying his bike were his lack of money and the fact that he worked full time as a motorcycle salesman.[sup][[/sup][sup]citation needed[/sup][sup]][/sup] He would often work overnight on his bikes (he had a 1936 Velocette MSS as well), then he would go to work in the morning, having had no sleep the night before.
    Because Munro was a man of modest means, he would often make parts and tools himself instead of having them professionally built. For example, he would cast parts in old tins, make his own barrels, pistons, flywheels, etc. His micrometer (a precision measuring instrument) was an old spoke.[sup][2][/sup]
    In its final stages, the Indian's displacement was 950 cc (as built it was 600 cc) and was driven by a triple chain drive system.
    • In 1962, he set a world record of 288 km/h (178.95 mph) with his engine bored out to 850 cc (52 cubic inches)[sup][2][/sup]
    • In 1966, he set a world record of 270.476 km/h (168.066 mph)[sup][9][/sup]
    • In 1967, his engine was bored out to 950 cc (58 cubic inches) and he set a class record of 295.453 km/h (183.586 mph). To qualify he made a one-way run of 305.89 km/h (190.07 mph), the fastest-ever officially-recorded speed on an Indian.[sup][2][/sup] The unofficial speed record (officially timed) is 331 km/h (205.67 mph) for a flying mile.[sup][2][/sup]
    • In 2006, he was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame
  2. Actually, the film title is: "The Worlds Fastest Indian". Each year a Burt Munro Rally is held in Invercargil (For those that are interested and can afford to travel). About 1962, a fellow apprentice Aircraft Mechanic who owned a 350cc MAC Velocette was on leave in Invercargil and, while exiting a side road and waiting for a break in the traffic, an "old geezer on a Army (sic) Indian pulled up along side him. My associate thought to himself "I will show this guy how fast my MAC is!". To his utter disbelief, the "old geezer" blew him into the weeds and disappeared down the highway! No prize for guessing who the "old geezer" was!
  3. The film was released in 2005.
  4. And it stars Anthony Hopkins as an adorably cantankerous old man.
    Excellent film...while it does take some liberties with the factual chronology of events, it doesn't take away from Munro's incredible accomplishments.
    It's available as a torrent...PirateBay, etc...but the film is now 7-years old, expect a slower d/load from most sites.
  5. I've watched the movie several times now, it's one of my favorites! Of course Hollywood takes some liberties and the adventures on his trip to the salt flats are probably all made up. But I don't care, it's a great movie, Anthony Hopkins is cool as ususal, lots of excitement and clean fun for the whole family.
  6. WETV in Chiang Mai is screening this film quite often on one of their Movie channels, love the character A. Hopkins plays. Sure the 'real one' must have been close to what the actor tries to show. One of the 'must see' films and none of the plenty rubbish Holywood ones so often forces down our throats. Rgds, FR
  7. I don't know about Burt's adventures on his way to Utah. Some of the liberties taken by the film makers relate more to the fact that lemon trees (pissed-on or otherwise) don't grow as far south as Invercargill and deer-farming didn't realy become established in New Zealand until about the mid 70's. Regardless, it is a great movie, played by a great lead role about a great motorcyclist.

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