The World’s Fastest 80-year-olds

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You’re here on this site because, presumably, you like the idea of #adventureswithhorsepower. You’re not alone. There are millions of us. And the need for speed doesn’t diminish with age either. The story here is about a group of 80-year-old men following their passion building and driving their own land speed record vehicles at the annual Bonneville Speed Week.

Two young German film-makers, director/photographer Alexandra Lier and producer Laia Gonzalez, want to make a documentary movie about this group of men, who intend to ride at this year’s Speed Week, 12-18 August. It may well be their last event, given their age and the state of the salt.

However, movies take money and the two film-makers have started a kickstarter campaign to raise the funds. They don’t need millions, far from it, and they’re not far off their target but they must reach it by 13 June or the whole thing’s off.

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The protagonists – all over 80 and still racing.

Here’s what Alexandra Lier and Laia Gonzalez say about their planned movie:

“The World’s Fastest is a documentary project – it tells the story of eighty-something year old men, who build handcrafted rocket-like vehicles in their backyard garages. Men who are inspiring, men who show that is never to early or to late to find your real passion and a true meaning of life.

“We want to honour the achievments of those men, when they embark on the ride on what may be their last race at Bonneville.

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Director/photographer Alexandra Lier, left, and producer Laia Gonzalez.

“It is a tribute to the vanishing era of internal combustion and fossil fuel racing. It tells the story of a generation of Speedseekers who cherish the smell of gasoline and oil like the very air we breathe; people whose sense of purpose is tied to the creation of record setting vehicles.

“They are powered by absolute devotion, friendship, and the ambition to win, from the first turn of the wrench all the way to the starting line at Bonneville. A magical place that is now in danger.

“Let’s make this movie together!”

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