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Kiwi inducted into American Hall of Fame


Kiwi motorcycle legend, Invercargill's Burt Munro will become the first New Zealander to be inducted into the American Motorcycle Association's (AMA) Hall of Fame next week on 7 October in Columbus, Ohio.

Munro made famous by Roger Donaldson's movie about his life, "THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN", spent 50 years tuning his 1920 Indian Scout, rebuilding the engine a phenomenal 105 times.

In 1967 at 67 years of age, Munro clocked an Official AMA time of 183.586mph (295.453 Km/h) on the Bonneville Salt Flats to become the World's fastest Indian. As well as achieving this at his age (67 years), one must remember that his 47 year-old machine. brand new, had a top speed of 55mph (88Km/h)

Many people were in ore of Munro's ingenuity and drive.

Director Roger Donaldson: "It wasn't just Burt Munro's thirst for speed as a motorcyclist or his ability as a backyard mechanic to constantly rebuild a bike that was already a masterpiece, it was Burt's dream of going faster and faster at an age when most folk are supposed to be slowing down".

Current President of Motorcycling New Zealand, Sandra Perry. Who lived as a teenager at 89 Bainfield Road Invercargill, Munro lived at 105. "Burt was the person, who arrived for Sunday roast, who started up his bike just as you were going off to sleep, the eccentric but likeable 'Old Burt' who lived down the road in his grotty old garage where he had lots of junk, and slept amongst it as well! The "Old Burt' who loved to pinch my sister's bottom, so she always hid from him, when he came near our house. Who was I to know how famous he would become! To us he was just Old Burt."

It is fantastic that the AMA has chosen to honour Munro in this way.

New Zealand & American Records held by Burt Munro 1940 to 1971

NZACU - Motorcycling New Zealand Record Book
Flying ½ mile Road, Unlimited Class
Munro Special Indian 99.45mph Canterbury 27 Jan 1940.
Flying ½ mile Road, Open Class
Munro Special Indian 120.8mph Canterbury 27th Jan. 1948
Flying ½ mile Road, 750cc class
Munro Special Indian 143.6mph Canterbury 13th April 1957
Flying ½ mile Beach, Open Class
Munro Special Indian 131.38mph Oreti Beach 9th Feb. 1957
Flying ½ mile Beach, 750cc Class
Velocette 600cc 129.078mph Oreti Beach 16th Dec. 1961
Flying ½ mile Beach 750cc Class
Velocette 618cc 132.35mph Oreti Beach 1st May 1971
Standing ¼ mile Open Class
Velocette 600cc 12.31 seconds, Invercargill 25th March 1962

American Motorcyclist Association Records
Flying One Mile. Class S - A 883cc
Munro Special Indian 178.971, Bonneville 20th Aug 1962
Flying One Mile Class S - A 1000cc
Munro Special Indian 168.066 mph, Bonneville 22nd Aug 1966
Flying One Mile Class S - A 1000cc
Munro Special Indian 183.586, Bonneville 26th Aug. 1967

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