You need to catch The World’s Fastest Indian

Maybe you’ve heard about this film about an old codger racing his motorcycle. It looks like your typical underdog-triumphs-over-adversity flick. And in a way, you’d be right. But what you may not know is that the film is really a touching and funny story of a determined man who traveled all the way from New Zealand to get “one good run” at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah on a machine that was over 40 years old.

I knew a little about The World’s Fastest Indian, but was incredibly impressed not only with Burt’s big idea, but
with his determination, heart and charm as portrayed in this film. There’s also a book about Burt Munro’s 1967 land speed record – which still stands today – for a streamlined motorcycle under 1000 ccs: over 200 mph. But if you can’t get your hands on the documentary (or even if you can), you should see this film.

It only has limited showings here in Minneapolis, in Edina at the Landmark, or Roseville at the UA Pavilion, and Inver Grove Heights at the Kerasotes Showplace 16.

Even if you’re not a biker, like me, you’ll enjoy this film. This film has shot to the top of my list of motorcycle movies (of which I’ve seen a LOT), but it’s enjoyable for everyone. It’s rare that the motorcycling world gets a film like this (the last one we saw come around was Faster, the 2003 documentary about Moto GP racers), that tells an important story in the history of the sport. Go catch this Indian before it’s too late!


Anthony Hopkins portrays
land speed record holder
Burt Munro in
“The World’s Fastest Indian”



The real Burt Munro

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