If you are any kind of a fan of motorcycles, then you are probably aware of the Indian. If you admire Anthony Hopkins as well, you are in for a treat if you have been fortunate enough to have been able to watch a movie called “The World’s Fastest Indian”.
Storyline of the Movie
“For 25 years in Invercargill at the south end of New Zealand, Burt Munro (1899-1978) has been working on increasing the speed of his motorcycle, a 1920 Indian. He dreams of taking it to the Bonneville Salt Flats to see how fast it will go. By the early 1960s, heart disease threatens his life, so he mortgages his house and takes a boat to Los Angeles, buys an old car, builds a makeshift trailer, gets the Indian through customs, and heads for Utah. Along the way, people he meets are charmed by his open, direct friendliness. If he makes it to Bonneville, will they let an old guy on the flats with makeshift tires, no brakes, and no chute? And will the Indian actually respond? Written by <firstname.lastname@example.org> “
I find it interesting that he is suffering with heart disease, which spurs him to make this journey, but then goes on to live another fifteen or so additional years. Maybe there is something to the thought that living a fulfilling life makes for a longer life! ;->
You will no doubt recognize the above photo as a shot like the other one from Lowell, only taken from a different angle of the building. Please note the “Indian Motocycle Co.” sign at the top center of the picture. And, yes, I’ve spelled Motocycle correctly for the day. They added the “r” in modern day literature, but not back in 1901 when it was founded.
” And, yes, I’ve spelled Motocycle correctly for the day.”
As evidenced by the sign on the building. Dr. J, you’ve done it again. . .smooth as silk!
The sign on the wall is what clued me in. At first I thought it was an error, but research proved it was correct. Fun stuff!
I love Indian motocycles, Judie. In the 70ies I had a Harley Davidson, was one of the first women here who had one, but I always liked the art nouveau design of the Indian. Wonderful photo and interesting words, virtual hugs, Mitza
WOW, Mitza! That’s surprising . . . no wonder you love to ride your bicycle so much now. The Indian has always fascinated me, too! The logo and all the trappings!!! The movie was terrific – did you see it by any chance?
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No, I must admit that I’m not such a fan of American movies.
Driving to work with my Harley was somehow spectacular because people gathered to look at me when I started my Harley and I’m very, very shy. I didn’t like it. And I always had to carry a skirt with me to change because at that time I wasn’t allowed to wear pants in my office. I’m happy times have changed in the meantime. I would still love to ride the route 66 and Monument Valley by Harley. 🙂
I agree about American movies. We rarely watch any of them, but this one is from New Zealand. It is over two hours long, so the story is well developed. Do you have pictures of your time on the Harley?
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I do have some pictures but of course not digital ones as they are from the end of the 70ies.
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