Fifty years ago Burt Munro took his Indian Scout streamliner to the Bonneville Salt Flats and wrote history. The speed records, which he set up at the time, are legendary and one of them is still valid today. The story of the fast New Zealander was also eternalized by the 2005 movie “The World Fastest Indian” with Oscar winner Sir Anthony Hopkins in the leading part.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Munro’s epic land speed record, motorcycle manufacturer Indian made a joint venture with kiwi racing driver Lee Munro, the grandnephew of Burt Munro, to revive the historic run on August 13 during the Bonneville Speedweek.
For the updated record attempt, Lee Munro will drive a modern Indian Scout named “Spirit of Munro”, modified by the Indian Technic team, to become the fastest modern Indian in the world. The attempt is not to break Burt’s record, but to appreciate his legacy. That’s why Lee Munro does not come out of respect in any of the official racing classes. The team will be doing several test runs in El Mirage, California, before Lee Munro opens up to the Salt Flats of Bonneville.
Born and grown up in Invercargill, New Zealand, the same city as Burt, Lee Munro stepped into the footstaping of the famous granduncle and took numerous titles. Recently, Lee won the vintage class at the Methven Street Races earlier this year on a 1941 Indian.