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Britten - Backyard Visionary

Television (Full Length) – 1994

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In the late 1980s, Kiwi John Britten developed and built a revolutionary racing motorcycle. He pursued his dream all the way to Daytona International Speedway in Florida. In 1991 the underdog inventor came second against the biggest and richest manufacturers in the world. Britten: Backyard Visionary documents the maverick motorcycle designer as he and his crew rush to create an even better bike for the next Daytona. After arriving in Florida, another all-nighter is required to fix an untested vehicle with many major innovations. Costa Botes writes about the documentary here.

...the project constantly rides the narrow line between the revolutionary and the disastrous.
– Narrator

Key Cast & Crew

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Harry Ruffell

Camera, Producer, Co-Director

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Ian Taylor

Producer

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Allan Baddock

Co-Director, Writer

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Geoff Steven

Executive Producer

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Ian Masterton

Sound Mix

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Karen Elliot Best

Narrator

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