Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Invercargill and the World's Fastest Indian.

_____ Invercargill first came to my attention when I saw the Sir Anthony Hopkins' movie: The World's Fastest Indian, where he plays the character of Bert Munro. Bert owned ,rode and modified a 600 cc. Indian motorcycle that he bought in 1920 until in 1967 he took it to Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and got it to go at over 200 miles per hour. A great film well worth getting out on DVD.
_____ Bert's original bike is still in Invercargill, at Hayes' hardware store and the replica bike used in the film is on show at the museum. Oreti beach, where Bert did a lot of speed trials is just down the road. I stayed at Sparky's Backpackers and made Sparky put the film on; even though he had seen it over fifty times. Then the guy keeps coming in from the kitchen with various bits and pieces that he tells me are props from the film. The place to watch it, bar none.

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