Replica Burt Munro streamliner

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Vehicle: Replica Burt Munro streamliner

Engine: None, it is an empty shell, originally designed to wrap-around a motorcycle to streamline or for aerodynamic reasons

Colour: Bright red

Information by: Southland Motorcycle Club member and Burt’s Bash At The Beach race organiser Stephen Winteringham

On display: E Hayes & Sons, Dee St, Invercargill

When and why did you create it? I was inspired to make it about seven to eight years ago when the movie people were getting rid of all the props they had used in 2005 for The World’s Fastest Indian. I couldn’t afford any of the props, so I decided to just make my own. I got the one from the Southland Museum & Art Gallery and it took two weeks to take a mould from it and a month to make it up. I also built it to promote the Burt Munro Challenge and the club, so people can just jump in it and get their photo taken. It is at E Hayes & Sons for people to use, and they can make a donation to Hospice Southland. As well as this one, there is also a movie replica streamliner, which was built by Wayne Alexander in Christchurch, at E Hayes & Sons in the Burt Munro display

What is the vehicle’s history? It gets around. It’s been to Methven at the first street race there, Timaru for the Classic Race Meet, Queenstown for the Southern Scooter Challenge (50cc), Te Papa last year for the 100 Years of Motorcycling in New Zealand and this year at the MTA:100 Years of Motoring in Wellington, as well as various street and Christmas parades

How many people a year have their photo taken in it? I estimate about 5000. At the MTA:100 event at least 1500 people of all ages jumped into it

What was the purpose for the original streamliner? Legendary motorcyclist and Southlander Burt Munro designed and built streamliner (aerodynamic) shells to cover his motorcycle to try and reach record land speeds. He built it on the “goldfish design”, and as time went on he modified and changed its shape, especially to race on the Bonneville Salt Flats in the United States

Where’s your favourite stretch of road? It would be Oreti Beach if it could be

Top speed? No engine, only as fast as the trailer it goes on when it is in a street parade

Do you belong to any clubs? Southland Motorcycle Club

EVENT: Burt’s Bash Out At The Beach, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Burt Munro’s world record. Hosted by the Southland Motorcycle Club. Saturday, August 26, 9am (depending on tide), Oreti Beach. For more information, phone Stephen Winteringham, 021 484 131

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