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2013-12-20 12:00:00 AM

Fueled By Determination - The Incredible Burt Munro

Fueled By Determination - The Incredible Burt Munro

Burt Munro of Invercargill, New Zealand, set the world's land speed record on this heavily modified 1920 Indian® Scout® in 1967 at the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats. Burt began modifying his Indian® Scout® in 1926, and by the time he made it to the salt, it was such a unique amalgam of custom-made components it needed to be torn down and rebuilt after every 10 minutes of run time. Built strictly for speed, the Munro Special was virtually void of any safety equipment. Burt was in pursuit of world-record speed, not safe travels.

His focus and innovation paid off as he set an official land speed record of 183.586 mph, and posted an unofficial top speed of 205.67 mph. Burt's legendary tenacity was the inspiration for the 2005 film, "The World's Fastest Indian®."

Burt Munro was inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame in 2006, a tribute to the pursuit begun eight decades earlier as he pushed his beloved Indian® Scout® well past its stock top speed of 55 mph and into the record books.


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