Speed King

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Speed King

Speed King
by David Hill
Illustrated by Phoebe Morris

A crowd of people stand on a flat white plain. In the distance, a snarling, roaring dark speck is hurtling towards them. It’s a motorbike. The rider is inside the shell, lying almost flat. ‘Go, Burt!’
The red bike blurs past.
Fingers click stop-watches.
How fast has Burt Munro gone this time?

The moment young Burt Munro saw a motorbike chugging down a quiet Invercargill street, he was hooked. More than fifty years later, he and his ancient Indian motorcycle would amaze the world by setting a land-speed record — one that remains unbroken to this day.
Burt didn’t have much money. He wasn’t young. But he was determined. And he became a Kiwi legend.

A wonderful true story about a very unlikely New Zealand champion, by the award-winning author and illustrator of First to the Top.