I'm not sure this belongs here, but I was so impressed with this man that I wanted to share his story.
I was recently given a framed photo of Rollie Free flat out at 150mph at Bonneville available from Aerostich
and then realized that Rollie was one of the men who helped Burt Munro, the subject of "The World's Fastest Indian", set his 200mph record in 1962. This relationship caused me to seek a photo of Burt to hang alongside Rollie's.
While searching the internet, I came in contact with a gentleman from New Zealand who maintained a web-site dedicated to Burt. While he could not provide a suitable photo, he not only put me in contact with someone who could, he put me in contact with someone who was there.
The other man in the movie helping Burt is Marty Dickerson
, who set a number of speed records himself. Apparently Mr. Dickerson is not only alive and well in California at the age of 81 years young, and he not only still rides regularly, but he's still setting speed records. In September last year he set an AMA speed record of 151.685 mph
at Bonneville on a vintage Vincent.
After exchanging e-mails, I had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Dickerson by phone. Listening to him tell the stories of his achievements and the time he spent with Rollie Free and Burt Munro was fantastic. He was just as gracious toward me as he was to Ol' Burt, as he called him, in 1962.
The man is a living legend and his legend continues to grow. If you ever get to the Bub Speed Trials
, introduce yourself. I'm sure he'll be happy to talk to you. You can't miss him... He'll be the guy on the Vincent going 150+ MPH!