By now, everyone is familiar with Burt Munro, the Bonneville racer from New Zealand, thanks to the Movie World’s Fastest Indian. Before the movie, far fewer would recall ever seeing any mention of Munro, I can’t recall much myself.
I ran across this ad from 1966 showing Burt Munro along side Sam Pierce, who, according to the ad, sponsored Munro’s runs to some degree. The ad itself was one of the many buried in the back pages of a motorcycle magazine and in the day, probably got little attention. It’s interesting how the passage of time (and a movie) gives the ad new life.