Burt Munro's great nephew heading to Bonneville

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It’s been 50 years since Burt Munro took his Indian Scout Streamliner to the Bonneville Salt Flats for the final time and set an under 1000cc class record of 183.59mpg.

And now his great nephew Lee will travel to the Salt Flats and attempt to set a new record on a modern Indian Scout called the Spirit of Munro Scout. 


Lee will pilot the Scout which has been modified by a team of Indian engineers and features an aerodynamic fairing. The aim is not to break Burt’s record, but just to pay homage to the man who was immortalised in the 2005 The World’s Fastest Indian.

“My uncle Burt was a significant inspiration for my own racing career and his appetite for speed is clearly a part of my DNA,” said Lee. “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 honour of my uncle and the 50th anniversary of his historic record.”

“Motorcycling is about shedding boundaries and limitations to go beyond the norm and there is no better example of that than Burt Munro,” said Indian Motorcycle Marketing Director Reid Wilson. “Driven by unparalleled determination and a legendary passion for the pursuit, Burt Munro embodies the spirit of Indian Motorcycle and we couldn’t be prouder to honour his legacy with an updated version of his historic record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in August.”

A replica streamliner with a ThunderStroke 111 engine will be on display at Bike Shed London this coming weekend to pay homage to Burt.

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Liam Marsden

By Liam Marsden

Former MCN Web Producer