Fueled by Determination
Man on a Motorcycle

"You live more in 5 minutes on this kind of bike than some people do their whole lives."
- Burt Munro, Land Speed Record Holder

The Incredible Burt Munro

Burt Munro from Invercargill, New Zealand set the world's land speed record on this motorcycle in 1967 at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Burt's legendary tenacity was the inspiration for the 2005 film "The World's Fastest Indian" that told the story of Burt and his beloved 1920 Indian Scout. His land speed machine featured a highly tweaked Indian Scout engine with parts so modified by Munro that it needed to be torn down and rebuilt for every ten minutes of competitive running. Virtually void of any safety mechanisms and featuring only parts required to go fast, the Munro Special was as focused as the man himself, who eventually set an official record of 183.586 mph, and an unofficial top speed of 205.67 mph.

Burt Munro was inducted into the AMA Hall of fame in 2006, but has reflected the true passion and love of Indian Motorcycle from the time he started modifying his Indian Scout in 1926 to go faster than its stock top speed of 55 miles per hour.

All photos and videos courtesy of the Hensley Family Collection, intended for the private use only. All YouTube, Facebook, postings and commercial use prohibited without prior written approval of Hensley Family Collection -- Thomas M. Hensley.

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