"The World’s Fastest Indian”

"This feature film (made in 2005) is about Burt Munro (born 1899 Edendale, Southland, died 1978 Invercargill, NZ), mechanical genius, speed demon, Southlander, crazy old bugger. It stars Anthony Hopkins as Munro and Invercargill as Invercargill. During the 1960’s, Munro made frequent trips to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah to race his ‘Munro Special’ Indian Scout against the clock. In 1967, he rode it to an official American Motorcycle Association 1000cc class record of 183.586 mph or 295.453 km/h and there’s anecdotal proof that the bike had briefly topped the 200 mph (322 km/h) mark the previous year. But in 1967, Munro was 67 years old. He had a dicky ticker. His Indian Scout, when it was new in 1920 had a top speed of 55 mph (88 km/h). He souped it up a bit over the years as he raced it. Then he souped it up some more! He didn’t break any word records, but he won the respect of his fellow speed demons and remains the fastest pensioner on two wheels.”
-Russell Baillie, NZ Herald

Note from Jo Ann Munro Tuskin - Editor "The Beacon": I saw this film recently on TV. It is excellent and well worth watching. Look for it in re-runs or ask for it at your local Video store.


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