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10th Aug 2006, 04:40
Saw it last night, Brilliant! Any of you Kiwi's know the real Burt Munro?


Tony Hopkins does a good job of portraying an eccentric curmudgeon that refuses to grow up and play by the rules. Give it a look if you like things that go fast and people that are one of's. Old Burt did the human race proud.

:ok: :ok: :ok: :ok: :ok:

Loose rivets
10th Aug 2006, 05:00
Titanium in the piston alloy???? Could he have melted that in his shed?

I wonder if the dog's bollox powder really works.

EDIT: You have to see the film to know of what I speak.

10th Aug 2006, 05:19
The film was a theatrical adaptation of a mans character and endeavours. It is ENTERTAINMENT. In real life Gen. George Patton had a high squeeky voice, George Scott did not. Besides Gen Patton was far more crazy than the film allowed. All in all a good film though.

EDIT: The jury is out on the dog's bollocks.

10th Aug 2006, 05:35
Was wondering why there was a thread on proon on Narain karthikeyan (http://www.indiacar.com/nfs/narain.htm). :(

Buster Hyman
10th Aug 2006, 06:32
World's fastest Indian

:rolleyes: ...And here I was, thinking this was about Ducky catching the 17:15 out of Mumbai!!!:eek:

10th Aug 2006, 06:36
Was wondering why there was a thread on proon on Narain karthikeyan (http://www.indiacar.com/nfs/narain.htm). :(
I believe Karthikeyan's debut in F1 was an anti-climax (as opposed to a Coventry Climax - and that's a deep one seeing as how Jaguar were involved with him)

11th Aug 2006, 01:56
Bert died in 1977 - he increased the top speed of his Indian by about 3.5 mph each year .... 'tis a lovely film - compressing all his US adventures into one trip!

Brief article here http://www.biker.co.nz/Reviews.asp?id=122

11th Aug 2006, 02:28
As a boy in Kiwi I remember them selling unused army surplus Indian Scouts in Valentines surplus stores
Also recall seeing Hamilton standard props for sale off P51 :{


11th Aug 2006, 03:13
While Bert Munro was a clever bugger he was by no means on his own in Kiwi
A real "make do tie it up with wire " society.
Sombody I had come across was messing with a side valve Ford V8 for a ski boat.he wanted it to run in reverse so he used the intake manifold for exhaust stacks and the exhaust ports for side draft intakes.
It ran like a bewdy:ok:
I helped cast and turn hi dome aluminim pistons for Triumph T100 engines

11th Aug 2006, 04:22
This Indian is pretty fast....around the world in about 90 minutes !!

Loose rivets
11th Aug 2006, 06:05
Sadly, when they undid that big blue nut on his chest, his bum fell off.

I know, I know...I was a mechanically minded kid, and used to laugh at that joke nearly 60 years ago.

Lon More
11th Aug 2006, 09:35
Lots of "shade tree mechanics" downunder.
I read an article many years ago in BSH about one who'd taken a slice out of a Merlin engine to create a 5 litre V2 motor for a bike.

here's (http://www2.hunterlink.net.au/~ddped/rrv2.htm) a link

11th Aug 2006, 10:01
Another amazing kiwi:


:D :D