Old white man of the day


Burt Munro, known as the fastest man from New Zealand, became internationally known for the records he broke at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in the 1960s. In eleven record attempting trips to the National Speed Week, the Kiwi broke three world records on his Indian motorcycle ? one of which still stands today. The ?World?s Fastest Indian? from the edge of the world believed in boundless opportunities and in the importance of never giving up his dreams regardless of challenges along the way.

With a speed of 178.971 mph (55cu inch 883 class) Burt broke his first record on the Salt Flats in 1962; in 1966 he set a new National Speed Record with 168.066 mph (61 cu inch 1000 class) and in 1967 at 68 years of age, he broke his final US record with 184.087 mph.

190.06 mph ? the highest speed ever measured by any timing apparatus at Bonneville for an Indian motorcycle was also recorded by Burt and his Indian.

No one could put a stop to Burt Munro. He was a resourceful, unconventional motorcycle racer, who constantly pushed his bikes to new speeds, a traveller with many friends around the globe and a curious explorer.

Besides his speed, the Kiwi from Invercargill was known for his ?remarkable affinity with machinery?, his ?uncanny ability to be able to see through a problem to a workable solution? and the ?dogmatic persistence at everything he attempted? as friends recall. His motto was to ?fix it and try again?, regardless of how many times something needed to be rebuilt. In 50 years he had around 250 motor blow-ups or other machine failures ? some happening with the worst timing just 24 hours before another one of his record attempts.?

Burt Munro never gave up nor did he take no for an answer. […]??End of quote

Curiously, the 1967 record speed of?184.087 mph was only recognised 36 years after Burt died.? Thus he probably also holds the record for the slowest fastest record acknowledgement. Quote

World’s Fastest Indian legend Burt Munro would probably have forgiven the American Motorcycle Association for a 1967 stuff-up that robbed him of a record-breaking run.

The association has back-pedalled on times for Munro’s 1967 world land-speed runs after the motorcycling legend’s son, John, discovered a miscalculation on the certificate issued on the day.

It turns out the legend broke the Class SA 1000 land speed record (previously 183.586 miles per hour or 295.453 kmh) on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah on his 1920 Indian 953cc Fuel Streamliner on August 26, 1967, achieving an average speed of 184.087mph, John Munro told The Southland Times.

He said the association had issued a new certificate after it recognised and fixed what it said was a mathematical error in calculating speeds achieved by Munro on North (184.710mph) and South (183.463mph) runs on the flats that day.

“It’s nice to know Dad’s still breaking records 36 years after his death. That doesn’t happen very often. […]?End of quote