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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 15th 2010
28--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, May 15, 2010 World's fastest Velocette Anthony Hopkins gives a speedy performance as Burt Monro in The World's Fastest Indian, but Australian Velocette rider Stuart Hooper has gone faster still. Mark Hinchliffe reports SPEED FAN: Stuart Hooper, in his garage, inset, and on the salt at Lake Gairdner where he beat Burt Munro's record on his Velocette. Anthony Hopkins portrayed Munro in the movie The World's Fastest Indian, right. FORGET about the world's fastest Indian, a Sunshine Coast rider has beaten Burt Munro's long-standing re- cord for the world's fastest Velocette. Retired mechanic Stuart Hooper, 56, of Yandina, said The World's Fastest Indian movie about the New Zealand motorcycle racer's life only concentrated on his record-breaking attempts on his old American-built 1920 Indian Scout. ''Few people know he also set a record in 1971 of 132.35mph (212.996km/h) in New Zealand on his British Velocette,'' Hooper said. Hooper achieved a top speed of 139.001mph (223.700km/h) on his highly modified 1959 500cc Velocette Venom at the Lake Gairdner Speed Trials in South Australia in March and now hopes to go to Bonneville in the US as Munro did and draw the word's attention to his bike by going even faster. ''There are no doubts that Munro also ran a 136mph (218.87km/h) somewhere, but it may not have been an officially sanctioned speed,'' he said. ''We've run over 140 (225.308km/h), but we've only got an official speed of 139.'' Hooper has been into motorsport since he was 19. ''I bought a Formula Vee home and told mum I'd bought a race car and she nearly had a fit,'' he said. ''I progressed to Formula 2, For- mula 3 and Formula Ford and was running in the front half of the field but not a winner. ''It turned out I was a better engineer than driver, so I shifted over to that.'' Hooper has built several sports- cars over the past 20 years including a one-off Hooper Supersports Le Mans-style race car which was Aust- ralian champion from 2000 to 2004. His Velocette, like Munro's Velocette and famous Indian, is heavily modified. ''This bike in a lot of ways is a modern motorcycle in manufacture but in original design and compon- entry it is very close to the original design philosophy,'' he said. ''Munro's bikes were equally modi- fied and developed.'' Hooper added he has no plans to tackle Munro's Indian record. ''His Indian record will never be broken because you are no longer able to build a bike in that specific category,'' he said. www.djmotors.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org Glenorchy 275 Main Road, Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3315 Brian Anning 0418 531 853 Chris Wakefield 0400 635 446 Allan Gebel 0428 729 659 Hobart 1a Brisbane Street, Hobart Phone: 6213 3300 Warren Amos 0417 544 829 Jason Spong 0408 473 756 Easy finance available with DJ Financial Services †To approved business clients only, with a $2,500 deposit over five years with a 30% residual payment. Interest rate 11.2%. $8.50 per day† $15 ,990 DRIVE AWAY • Cruise Control • Remainder of the 3-year/100,000km warranty • Five Available Hatches and Sedans REDUCED! 09 NISSAN TIIDA SCOOP PURCHASE! • Automatic • Under 30,000km • Dual Airbags • ABS brakes
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