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Since going to press we have been contacted by Steve Wright who has confirmed that he restored this motorcycle circa 1977/78, at which time it was painted maroon, had foot pegs and black tyres, and was owned by Herbert Webb of Virginia. The Indian later passed to Tony Pinaccio, who owned various other McQueen bikes including a 'Flexi' racing combination in the same colours; hence it may be assumed that Mr Pinaccio had this machine restored/repainted in its current colour scheme (to match his combination) and also removed the foot pegs. The handlebars have been incorrectly positioned (reversed) for many years and the Indian is depicted in that configuration in several books (with the current paint scheme). However, the machine is not a board track racer but a 'half miler'; a type that raced on flat, dirt surfaced tracks of that length rather than the longer, banked board tracks. The machine is offered with a McQueen Certificate of Authenticity (signed by both Terry and Chad McQueen). The machine was Lot 554 in the actor's 1984 estate auction. The catalogue illustration dates from May 2010.