So imagine you’re an American living in Paris. Imagine you love motorcycles and anything really that goes fast. OK, not too hard so far. Now, imagine there in Paris France, at a vintage motorcycle show, you see a crowd gathered around an old Triumph and somewhere from the middle of the crowd you hear someone shout: “C’est le monster du lac salé!”
This is the amazing story of the Monster of the Salt and much like onions and Ogre’s, this story has many, many layers. This one is a Life Loom story of sorts where one man, whether he liked it or not, was destined to bring the others together. It’s one of those occurrences that happen in life that simply seem to have chosen you.
One cannot ignore these moments, and moto-journalist Mark Gardiner has certainly not. Mark is an author who created a blog called BikeWriter and you can read the whole crazy story at: http://backmarker-bikewriter.blogspot.com/2011/02/best-of-backmarker-monsters-of-salt.html
Here is the Monsters of the Salt trailer:
It’s hard to tell which layer is the most interesting; is it that a French motorcycle builder built a bike from just a picture in a French comic book about American culture in the 60’s? Is it that the comic book artist drew the picture from a 1967 magazine and was actually able to find it in his studio, nearly 40 years later? Or is it that the guy who was in the original photo, Nira Johnson, now eighty years old, was one of the first African/American drag racers of his time. Maybe it’s that the original bike was actually just recently located, still in storage with the original Bonneville tech inspection stickers still on it.
There seems to be so much more to this story that it just has to be told.
Probably like you, I just can’t seem to get enough good speed/motorcycle art in my life, whether film, photo, painting, story, whatever. I’ve probably seen Burt Monroe and The World’s Fastest Indian two dozen times now and it never grows old.