This is a story about two men….and some Indians.
Christian Zimmerman and Alan Forbes are from different countries and speak different languages, but they share a common and unifying passion – Indian motorcycles.
Since 1901, when the first Indian emerged from Springfield, Massachusetts, there has been an enduring love affair between rider and this splendid machine. Although the original manufacturer disappeared more than five decades ago, enthusiasts around the world have refused to let the name die.
To celebrate the survival of Indian, 100 owners from around the world converge on Scotland for the first international rally of its kind, and our cameras were there to capture this unique event. These powerful machines throb and deal effortlessly with the undulating countryside of the picturesque Scottish Highlands – as one rider put it “you move the left hand throttle only a bit and the bike powers up the hill without complaint”.
Camping out in teepees and making like pioneers on the Wild West, not even an Indian off the road, reshaped and groaning more than a little can dampen the enthusiasm of these Indian lovers. Resolutely they bring the stricken bike back to life, and carry on.
This is an absorbing film about travelling by Indian, with informed commentary and bike talk, nostalgic archive footage and mouth-watering film of the Scottish adventure bringing the mystical aura surrounding these legendary machines to life.
It is beautifully summed up in the words of one enthusiast: “They’re all right Harleys, but you can’t beat the real thing!”