The movie biography of Kiwi motorcycle racer and New Zealand national hero Burt Munro concluded its location shooting at Bonneville on Saturday. It was all quite trouble-free, as these things go. Shooting ran a couple of days longer than planned, thanks in part to a requisite Bonneville afternoon breeze which knocked the pit location flat Saturday before last. The movie lads worked Sunday to put it all right and our small crew of car wranglers headed for SLC and a tour of Temple Square (which included an organ recital in the Mormon Tabernacle that had our ears ringing for hours afterward), and an afternoon spent at Stan Wanlasss house near Alta, talking hot rods and checking out his incredible sculptures. The vehicular star of the movie is Burts 1920 Indian. The original is owned by a collector in New Zealand and is far too valuable to be subjected to the rigors of filming, so a replica was built to take its place. Actually, there are three replicas a complete version of the original, a second that is just a chassis and body and was used for camera-car action shots, and a third thats powered with a Ducati twin and was used for stand-alone action sequences. The complete replica as it arrived at Bonneville . . . . . . and partially aged by a patina pro! The motor-less camera-car version . . . . . . and the Duc-powered runner, parked . . . . . . being pushed off . . . . . . and underway. The camera-car with the scooter attached . . . . . . and Anthony Hopkins (who plays Burt) about to climb in for an action closeup. And speaking of cameras, heres the primary battery of picture-takin machines, monitors, sound-recording gear, and generally busy folk. There were easily a dozen workers in this pod most of the time. Anthony Hopkins as Burt. Burts Stateside traveling rig, set for a shot of his arrival on the Salt. There were three near-identical Chevys, two 54s and a 53 tarted up to look like a 54. The patina-meister did his job so well it was difficult to tell the cars apart. Tardel-supplied cars lined up on the first morning, like a fantasy used-car lot roadsters, coupes, pickups, panels, and a bellytank lakester. A great deal of time was spent on the starting line . . . . . . with racecars and push trucks . . . . . . and some staged drama as the starters take off after Burt who has crashed the line! A rare photo-op presented itself when four famous old Salt cars were gathered together for the first time ever the Pumpkin Seed, the Redhead, the Challenger, and the Flying Caduceus. The pits were cozier than were accustomed to . . . . . . and always busy and well populated with actors, extras, and crew . . . . . . including extras coordinators (cat herders) . . . . . . and wardrobe ladies. There were some nice scoots on hand other than the featured Indian, like Jeff Deckers Triumph dirt tracker . . . . . . his Crocker . . . . . . Jim Travers' tasty Ariel HS . . . . . . Fritzs vintage Triumph . . . . . . and this gorgeous, brand-spankin-new Indian Chief that showed up just for the hell of it! A week and a half later, after the dust and Salt had settled, all the cars were given a thorough de-salting Friday evening and reloaded on the transporters, off the Salt. Damn! That was a great 12 days!