A Nurse with a Gun

Sunday, July 15, 2007

The World's Fastest Indian

At 63 years of age, after his first heart attack, Burt Munro left Invercargill, New Zealand and arrived at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1962. He brought along an Indian Scout motorcycle that he had modified and re-modified after his own design over the past 40 years. Munro had a burning dream of testing himself and his creation of cobbled parts in the real theater of speed.

His passion helped him get into the door at Bonneville, although several officials were opposed to his running due to safety concerns. Burt Munro was a rebel in ways that the tattooed black clad greasers of speedways only hope to aspire to. When he needed slicks, he simply cut the tread off his tires with a knife. Right out of the gate, Burt set a world speed record of 288 km/h (178.97 mph). He went on to set the under 1000 cc world motorcycle land speed record, which still stands, at 295.44 km/h (183.58 mph). To qualify he made a one-way run of 190.07 mph, the fastest ever officially recorded speed on an Indian, regardless of cylinder volume.

If you have a love of motorcycles, if you have ever felt the need for speed, or even if you have a rebellious tattoo of a skull and crossed pistons from years ago, you will love this movie. If you have ever felt the pain of a dream dying and yearned to revive it, you must see this movie.



Blogger phlegmfatale said...

How about the fashionista closet-rebel who wears skull-and-crossbone bandaids? Yeah, I'm totally gonna see that film - thanks for the heads up. Good soundtrack too, from the sound of it.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Rey B said...

An outstanding movie for sure. The bit about the neighbor kid peeing on his tree for him while he was gone cracked me up. Making his own pistons so he could get more speed out of it and cooking his leg on the exhaust during the run. Perseverance seldom matched.

2:34 PM  
Blogger BobG said...

An excellent movie. He was a helluva character.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous lizardqueen said...

one of my early favorites on my netflix queue. Good, little movie; and, yeah, the kid peeing on the lemon tree is hilarious.

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seldom do I say this, as I hate theaters and films with a passion, but...

I have GOT to see that movie!

12:20 AM  
Blogger Fodder said...

Burt Munro was a hell of a guy and quite the character. I loved the movie and highly recommend it.

The man is a case study in following your dream.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

I saw that in the theater when it first came out. Outstanding flick. My wife even liked it. Definitely a DVD purchase.

12:43 PM  

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