The Edge Ltd., producer of the Hogslayer: The Unapproachable Legend and Walter: The Missing Link – Discovery of a Centennial Motorcycle documentaries, has announced the 10th-anniversary edition of the Hogslayer documentary. Hogslayer, which debuted in August 2011, celebrates one of the most successful motorcycle dragsters in history. This release includes additionally acquired archival assets of the famous Hogslayer Norton dragster in a fresh new update of this internationally acclaimed documentary.More than three years in the making, Hogslayer tells the story of the double-engine Norton top fuel drag bike piloted by T. C. Christenson. Built by Christenson and John Gregory, Hogslayer earned a stunning string of world championships in motorcycle drag racing. The Hogslayer earned its nickname by repeatedly beating the Harley-Davidson drag bikes that had ruled the top fuel class in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Norton motorcycles were well-known for their success in road racing, but not in Top Fuel drag racing.
In the late ’60s, Tom Christenson built his first single-engine Norton-powered drag bike, followed in 1970 by his first double-engined Norton. That year, he captured a tourney title, setting the stage for ever-increasing success.In August 1972, Christenson piloted the Norton to a terminal velocity of 180 mph for the first time. In November 1972, Hogslayer won the NHRA Supernationals at Ontario Motor Speedway in Southern California.From 1972 to 1975, Christenson rode the Hogslayer to four consecutive world titles—the only world championships in motorcycle drag racing attributed to the Norton brand. In 1979, Norton Villiers Triumph was liquidated.Hogslayer director James Cutting states, “I’m proud to re-release Hogslayer for all the loyal fans of this racing legend. This film is a must-see for all motorcycle sports enthusiasts.”The Hogslayer and “Walter” documentaries are now available at The Edge Ltd., and there’s a Hogslayer Documentary page on Facebook.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!