Thanks for sharing, Sub.
On a bit of a tangent, but partly relevant:
I was in NZ's south Island with my family & we returned a month ago. Didn't try to see any Burt Munro history, but did phone the Britten Bike Company (Who are based in Christchurch). Unfortunately the building in which bikes were on display was destroyed in the 2011 quake. I'd hoped by now it would have been rebuilt, but it wasn't. Was told there was one bike on the North Island, but had no plans to go there. Also the 2 bikes that had been in Christchurch had been damaged and were still being restored at the time.
We drove through Christchurch the night we left. Saw twisted frames of steel structured buildings and lots of vacant lots where businesses had once stood.
Most NZ'ers seem to know the story of Burt Munro & some also of John Britten. They're a creative bunch of people who often make their own things.
Saw one guy's place where he'd used the innards of an old washing machine to make a generator powered by a creek above his land - which in turn charged a pack of large 12V batteries. They didn't have any electricity bills to pay as a result. Met another guy who also had his own hydro-electricity and 4 large garages. Two of them contained microlight planes which he'd made. One of which he'd crashed twice (And lots of interesting machinery inside others - but no bikes).
NZ's a great place. Will definitely visit again and when we do, I'll try to look up the Britten Bike there (Most of the Britten bikes are located in museums in the US btw).
Not so interested in straight line speed, but if I ever did get the chance, I'd like to see Burn Munro's original bike too. Not sure where it's located?
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