Burt Munro with his Munro Special at Bonneville in the 1960s. At 63 years old setting the world for driving (and building) the fastest indian: Munro was 63 at the time with a bad heart, yet he still managed to overcome numerous obstacles to set world records, even as a muffler was burning the flesh on his leg. In 1967, Munro coaxed his beloved streamlined Indian to 183.58 mph. That set a record in the category of "streamlined motorcycles under 1,000cc."
Nearly 50 years ago, Burt Munro set a record of nearly 184 mph (296 km/h) in the under 1000 cc class on a 1920 Indian Scout. In August, Burt Munro's great nephew will pilot a new purpose-built Indian Scout Streamliner at the Bonneville Salt Flats in honor of the 50th Anniversary of that record.
This photograph was taken in Burt Munro’s garage in 1970, in his hometown of Invercargill, New Zealand. Burt’s under 1000cc world record, which he set in Bonneville on the 26th August 1967 still stands today. If that isn’t amazing enough he set the record on a 1920 Indian Scout after spending 20 years in the above pictured garage modifying it.