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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year 2009


Yeah, we're getting crazy at the vast 40on2 Estate.
Zzzzzzzz...

Monday, December 22, 2008

Indian Wrecking Crew Movie Update

I mentioned earlier this year that there was a new movie in the works about the famed Indian Wrecking Crew racing team from the early '50s. The original post is here. There was some scattered talk that maybe the movie was more dream than reality but now I'm delighted to see that they have finished shooting the film and a preview clip is on the movie website here. I have a feeling that "The Indian Wrecking Crew" movie will be a real treat for people who love vintage bikes and perhaps even for younger riders who think that Jeremy McGrath is an old guy racer.

Also on the web page for the production company are two links to some excellent 8 mm clips of riding and racing in the early '50s. The quality of the footage is amazingly good, way better than the Super 8 junk I shot myself many eons ago. Here's the links:

Pearl and Smitty Smith Collection:

"A second collection of period 8mm movie clips, spanning the '40s and '50s"

Joe and Laura Holman Collection:

"A collection of period 8mm movie clips, spanning the '40s and '50s, these films show the true heart of the Club"


The IWC production company, Design2Pictures, is also selling IWC shirts and goodies. I'm guessing from the looks of things that this is not a mega-budget film so if you're partial to real films about real racers you might buy a t-shirt or something for someone you love (I wear an XL) and help the cause of preserving a bit of motorcycle racing history.

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