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Old 11-26-2007, 03:16 AM   #1
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The Burt Munro Festival.

I was sent to the far South of NZ to cover the Burt Munro festival for Kiwi Rider Magazine.
A weekend celebrating the life and times of the Worlds Fastest Indian man.

Beach racing, street racing, track racing, speedway and numerous other events staged in and around Invercargill.

And I jagged the keys to the city.

First stop was the Southland Museum and the Munro exhibit where there are various original Munro bikes and replicas used in the film on display.









We were shown the movie replicas in the back room of the museum
(cross 'go into the back rooms of a museum' off the list).

They were ducatis and hopkins couldn't fit on them with the motors in place - top pic.


then we watched a doco on the bloke. He was an even bigger character than the movie portrays with a thicker Southern (NZ) accent than the fictional.

Then we went to a big hardware store in town - where the original 'specials' are held behind an intricate security system of red string.
There was a steady stream of motorcyclists paying homage.





Then before we went to the beach racing we visited an amazing truck museum. More Southern man mechanical genius. Pics to follow.
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Old 11-26-2007, 03:50 AM   #2
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It was a great story and a great movie

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Old 11-26-2007, 03:56 AM   #3
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Nice one Dave. Great pics as usual.
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Old 11-26-2007, 04:27 AM   #4
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It was a great weekend and had by all , lots of followed by and a very sore head on sunday morning. Cheers Toddy
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Old 11-26-2007, 04:38 AM   #5
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It was a great weekend and had by all , lots of followed by and a very sore head on sunday morning. Cheers Toddy
I wouldn't know about that......
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I was lucky to meet Burt in the early 1970s near Dunedin where he had entered his Velocette in a flying quarter, sadly the bike bent push rods after a back fire which ended his day. It didnt worry him at all. I had a chat with him and he looked through the boot of his old Vauxhall and pulled out one of his hand made conrods, words could not descride it. If your planning a trip down under be sure to make The Burt Munroe Challenge part of your Holiday Cheers Toddy
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Old 11-26-2007, 08:15 AM   #7
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Awesome,awesome awesome!!
I loved the movie which there isn't many movies i actually enjoy which makes this all the more better.
If you've not seen the movie,watch it.
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Spectacular.
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Some of you boys can supply the commentary.







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Old 11-26-2007, 06:14 PM   #10
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Old 11-26-2007, 06:39 PM   #11
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When you look at the racing photos, it's easy to understand how Vintage Racing has grown so popular. I went to Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio this summer. Hearin Jay Springsteen wind the shit out of a XR750 on the road course was great. The old one lunger road race bikes were a treat for the eyes and ears.
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Old 11-26-2007, 07:34 PM   #12
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Great Report!

Thx for taking the time to share.......Bruce
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Old 11-26-2007, 08:30 PM   #13
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