October 13 2005
AA Proudly Supports Launch of The World's Fastest Indian
The AA is proud to support the nationwide launch of The World's Fastest Indian, which received an enthusiastic response
at the star-studded world premiere of the film held in Invercargill last night.
The film - which officially opens in cinema's to New Zealand audiences today - tells the story of motorcycle racing
legend Burt Munro, played by Academy Award winning actor Anthony Hopkins. The film is written and director by renowned
Kiwi Director Roger Donaldson.
Born and raised in Invercargill, Burt Munro was the quintessential, 'salt of the earth' New Zealander who dreamed of
making his 1920 Indian Twin Scout motorcycle the fastest bike on earth. In 1967, after a lifetime of perfecting his
classic Indian bike, he journeyed to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah where he set a new land speed record, which
remains unbroken to this day.
Completion of The World's Fastest Indian has meant the culmination of a dream which Roger Donaldson has held for more
than 30 years, after he met Burt Munro as a young filmmaker.
"From that first meeting with Burt I wanted to make a film about him. This was a guy who really loved motorcycles and
was obviously very talented in riding them and in making them go fast. Burt also had an interesting philosophy on his
life. And it is that philosophy about growing old and having dreams and ambition ... that's what I think that this movie
To celebrate the launch of The World's Fastest Indian, the AA has an exclusive movie offer open to all AA Members. Check
out www.aa.co.nz/indian to find out more.