Speed Racing with the Indian, the 1920’s Motorcycle Wonder


Should a Person Ever Give Up Trying to Attain Their Dream?

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Speed racing is the dream of many and the faster, the better.

And who’s to say you must be young to enjoy racing at fast speeds?

How old should a person be when you insist age has its boundaries?

“You are too old for speed sports. You can’t race a motorcycle at 200 mph.”

Is the age 40, 50, 60, or 65 years too old?

And where is that written!

“The World’s Fastest Indian” is a movie of the true adventure of Australian retiree  Bruce Munro who worked with persistence and patience to hone his 1920 Indian Racer motorcycle to reach the fastest speeds possible. His mind is fixed on the goal of racing his Indian on the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah.
Mr. Munro lives in nice suburb of Invercargill, New Zealand but due to his dedication to his motorcycle he is living in his work shed among the tools and oil. He has calculated the amount of money he needs to travel to the Salt Flats but some bad luck always happens to decrease his savings.

Until finally, in his sixties, he mortgages his house and with the support of his community of friends travels to the United States. Once in the USA his journey becomes no easier, nothing goes smoothly in his attempt to reach the Salt Flats in time to join the race. Yet Mr. Munro’s sure and steady method of souping-up his motorcycle serves him well as he uses his ingenuity and knowledge of machines to travel across southwestern United States.

We learn a lot about this unassuming and obsessed man. We also have fun experiencing his trials and tribulations along the road to the Salt Flats where he is always making new friends with the people he meets along the way.

But will his patience and ingenuity take him to the races at the Salt Flats in time to race . . . and what happens when his age becomes an issue? Burt Munro keeps his beloved Indian motorcycle running with haywire and hope. Will it be enough?

So impressive is the flatter than flat land and the searing white sand from the sun, the Salt Flats are almost a character themselves in the movie and wonderfully filmed.

“Imagine a place so flat you seem to see the of the planet, so barren not even the simplest life forms can exist. Imagine the passing thunder of strange vehicles hurtling by on a vast dazzling white plain.”

The director and screenplay writer Roger Donaldson wonseveral awards for the movie including Best Achievement in Directing and Best Screenplay. He along with Gary Hamman, the producer, won Best Picture. Awards were also received for cinematography, music and for best performance by an actor in a leading role to Anthony Hopkins.

When the cinema presents a true story one can never guess what will happen because, after all, truth is stranger than fiction.

“The World’s Fastest Indian” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0412080/
Bruce Munro http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt_Munro
Bonneville Salt Flats http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonneville_Salt_Flats
Utah.com http://www.utah.com/playgrounds/bonneville_salt.htm
Anthony Hopkins http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000164/