One Good Run

Author: Tim Hanna

Publisher: Penguin Global

ISBN: 9780143202851

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

View: 4017

'JUST ONE GOOD RUN' All Burt Munro ever wanted was one perfect run on his highly modified Indian Scout motorcycle - to see how fast it would really go. In a tiny home workshop in New Zealand, with the barest of tools but a native engineering genius, he constantly rebuilt a unique speed machine, bought brand new in 1920 for $50. Seeking the ultimate challenge, he took his 'Munro Special' to the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah where he became a legend who is remembered to this day. The life story of Burt Munro is one of triumph over limitation, achievement against all odds. Brave, funny, gritty and brilliant, he was quite literally one of the original speed freaks, whose exploits inspired the hit movie The World's Fastest Indian starring Sir Anthony Hopkins.

One Good Run

Author: Tim Hanna


ISBN: 1459619374

Category: Biography

Page: 432

View: 4385

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An Alternative History of Bicycles and Motorcycles

Author: Steven E. Alford,Suzanne Ferriss

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1498528805

Category: Transportation

Page: 200

View: 5842

This book offers an account of two-wheeled vehicle development that challenges the common evolutionary model of development from the bicycle to the motorcycle. It examines the bicycle and motorcycle as material objects and focuses on the complex socio-political and economic convergences that produced the materials, which in turn shaped the vehicles’ appearance, function, and adoption by riders.

Sport and the New Zealanders

Author: Greg Ryan,Geoff Watson

Publisher: Auckland University Press

ISBN: 1776710045

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 7059

A history of New Zealanders and the sports that we have made our own, from the Māori world to today’s professional athletes. '. . . those two mighty products of the land, the Canterbury lamb and the All Blacks, have made New Zealand what she is in spite of politicians’ claims to the contrary’, wrote Dick Brittenden in 1954. ‘For many in New Zealand, prowess at sport replaces the social graces; in the pubs, during the furious session between 5pm and closing time an hour later, the friend of a relative of a horse trainer is a veritable patriarch. No matador in Madrid, no tenor in Turin could be sure of such flattering attention.’ Why did rugby become much more important than soccer in New Zealand? What role have Māori played in our sporting life? Do we really ‘punch above our weight’ in international sport? Does sport still define our national identity? Viewing New Zealand sport as activity and as imagination, Sport and the New Zealanders is a major history of a central strand of New Zealand life.

Kelly Moran

Author: Brian Burford

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 0752472542

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 4837

This is the book that speedway fans the world over have been waiting for: the inside story of the Californian hell-raiser, Kelly Moran. The charismatic American was one of the most spectacular and naturally talented riders to race speedway and very few share that incredible ability which ensured that he performed at the highest level for most of his career. A three-times World Finalist, double World Team Champion and US National Champion, Kelly's talent as a racer took him around the world, while his exploits off the trace have become legendary - making him one of the most popular riders ever. From leading the USA to world glory, via a near-death hotel accident, to joy-riding in a president's bus, Brian Burford's new book mixes the legendary tales of excess of the track with the success and popularity on the race circuit. With contributions from his family, friends and rivals, and written by one of his closest friends, this book finally brings you the real story of Kelly Moran.

Historical Dictionary of New Zealand

Author: Janine Hayward,Richard Shaw

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442274395

Category: History

Page: 528

View: 9233

This third edition of Historical Dictionary of New Zealand contains a chronology, an introduction, appendix, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 800 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture.

One Good Run (16pt Large Print Edition)

Author: Tim Hanna

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780369308184

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 588

View: 3450

Now a motion picture starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, The World s Fastest Indian will be released in Australia in April 2006. One Good Run is the amazing story of Kiwi motorcycling legend, backyard engineering genius and land speed record holder Burt Munro. He broke several international speed records with a motorbike he modified in his Christchurch shed and still holds several records in the US. With Sir Anthony Hopkins playing Burt, this true - life, little guy beats the odds story is bound to renew interest in one of the legends of land speed racing.

Historical & Political Dictionary of New Zealand

Author: Keith Jackson,Alan McRobie

Publisher: N.A


Category: Authors, New Zealand

Page: 485

View: 9615

This new, retitled and expanded New Zealand edition is a substantially revised edition of the Historical Dictionary of New Zealand published in the United States in 2005. It describes the many changes of the past decade while building on the solid foundations of the earlier editions that examined the country's long and lively history. It covers a wide range of topics from relations between the Pakeha and the Maori to the country's recent economic changes and environmental policies. The introduction provides a good starting point, and the chronology traces New Zealand's history from the earliest settlers to the present. The dictionary includes hundreds of entries on important people, places, events, and institutions, as well as significant political, economic, social, and cultural aspects, and a bibliography for further reading.