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No stunt: mad men are back

Friday, 18th March, 2011

By Kurtis Eichler

On the 30th anniversary of the filming of Mad Max 2, fans have a made a pilgrimage to where the famous movie was made.

The five-day celebration saw about 40 Mad Maxers don their leather strides and head gear and drive around Silverton on their Mad Max-inspired vehicles to locations where 'Road Warrior' was filmed.

Amongst the fans was Dale Bensch who did a dangerous stunt in the movie.

In 1981 he saw an advertisement in a Melbourne motor bike shop window for extras and headed for Silverton.

Mr Bensch said the stand out memory for him was the crash at Kirk's Bridge.

The scene involved Max wiping out four motorcycle bandits, and many people believe to this day that the stuntman - Mr Bensch - died in action.

"There's a myth I'd been killed," he said yesterday.

Another thing he remembers is an encounter with a young actor called Mel Gibson.

"He was very quiet, reserved, whereas Steve Bisley was very outgoing."

"Of course, (Mel) was a nobody at this time."

The 55-year-old said he was excited about a the new Mad Max movie, Fury Road, which is set for a start next year.

Editor of 100% Biker magazine in England, Nik Samson, was also in Silverton for the anniversary. He bought his Mad Max-inspired motorbike 16 years ago and has added to it ever since.

"My bike was built about two years after Mad Max 2 came out.

"We'd never seen anything like this in the UK."

His motorcycle, named 'The Future Bike', was promoted as the kind of bike people would be riding in the future in a feature article for a magazine Mr Samson worked for then.

"If I can find out some way of being buried on it, I will be," he said.

It went on to appear on television and in newspapers across the country.

Mr Samson, who was 13 when Mad Max came out, has since organised Mad Max events in the UK.

On Monday the Silverton Hall will be converted into 'The Compound', the home base of the "good guys" in the Mad Max films.

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