Thursday, March 18, 2010

Love, Speed and Loss

This is the story of New Zealand 500cc GP racer Kim Newcombe. Kim built and raced the first König 500cc GPs bikes in the late 1960's to early 1970's. Kim was engineer, mechanic, test rider and a successful racer.

In 1973 he competed against such legends as Phil Read and Giacomo Agostini, winning in Yugoslavia and was only one point short of winning the world championship when he was tragically killed at Silverstone raceway. Kim was posthumously awarded second place in the world championship that year.

This four-part video is story is about grit, determination, great passion and love. Ultimately is it a story which leads to tragedy, loss and regret. This was a period in motor racing history when the march of technology and racing speeds outpaced the consideration for safety.

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