Burt Munro 50th Anniversary World Speed Record Celebrated This Year In Bonneville By Burt’s Great Nephew Lee Racing A Current Day Indian Scout Streamliner
Fifty years ago a motorcyclist from New Zealand entered the record books in a never-to-be-forgotten moment on the Bonneville Salt Flats on his Indian Scout Streamliner. Celebrated in the featured film, “The World’s Fastest Indian,” Burt Munro transcends motorcycling and is an icon for pushing personal boundaries and rising above conventional limitations.
To commemorate Burt’s feat, Indian Motorcycle is teaming up with Burt’s great nephew, Lee Munro, to race a current-day Indian Scout Streamliner on the Bonneville Salt Flats on August 13. To create the modern day “world’s fastest Indian,” a team of seven Indian Motorcycle engineers volunteered, worked after hours, and from production Scout and added horsepower, cut weight, and added aerodynamic improvements.commemorate Burt’s feat, Indian Motorcycle is teaming up with Burt’s great nephew, Lee Munro, to race a current-day Indian Scout Streamliner on the Bonneville Salt Flats on August 13. To create the modern day “world’s fastest Indian,” a team of seven Indian Motorcycle engineers volunteered, worked after hours, and from production Scout and added horsepower, cut weight, and added aerodynamic improvements.
The team will perform several test runs in El Mirage, California before Lee Munro takes to the Salt Flats of Bonneville. Lee Munro will pilot a modern-day Indian Scout with a powertrain modified by the Indian Motorcycle engineering team and a slick aerodynamic shell in an effort to become the world’s fastest modern day Indian motorcycle. The run will not break Burt’s record, but instead will honor his storied legacy in the world of motorcycling.
Burt Munro’s name is known by shed builders across the globe and is the ultimate example of the gritty, adrenaline-fueled pastime of expanding the limits of speed at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Lee Munro said: “My uncle Burt was a significant inspiration for my own racing career and his appetite for speed is clearly a part of my DNA. What Indian Motorcycle is doing is fantastic and I couldn’t be prouder to partner with them and pilot my own Scout at Bonneville in honor of my uncle and the 50th anniversary of his historic record.”
Born and raised in Invercargill, New Zealand, the same town as his great uncle Burt, Lee Munro first began his life on two wheels via the high-adrenaline sport of downhill mountain biking. After winning many local races, even finishing fifth in the 2002 New Zealand Championship, Lee entered into motorcycle road racing.
He won his first race and captured numerous titles on every road and street race circuit in the South Island of New Zealand. With plans to race the Isle of Man, Lee attended the Manx GP in 2016 to gain knowledge of the track and better prepare himself. Most recently, Lee won the vintage class at the Methven Street Races earlier this year on a 1941 Indian motorcycle.
A replica streamliner with a ThunderStroke 111 engine will be on display at Bike Shed London this coming weekend to pay homage to the ultimate bike shed builder Burt Munro.