The Burt Munro Festival.

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  1. danger_dave

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    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. :evil

    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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    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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  2. GB

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    It was a great story and a great movie :thumb

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    Nice one Dave. Great pics as usual.:clap
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    It was a great weekend and had by all , lots of :dutch :freakyfollowed by :snore and a very sore head on sunday morning. Cheers Toddy
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    I wouldn't know about that......:nod
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    hondav2 Kiwi Fukengruver

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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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  7. BLUE(UK)

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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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    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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    Thx for taking the time to share.......Bruce
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    sweet report danger,:thumb
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    Nice stuff, Dave!! :thumb
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  19. knybanjo

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    AWESOME!!
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    The movie is definitely a favorite!! especially the original documentary that's included on the DVD!!
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    This is great!

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