1920 Indian Scout movie bike

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Information from: Southland Motorcycle Club member and Burt Munro Challenge beach race organiser Stephen Winteringham

Motorcycle: Burt Munro-modified 1920 Indian Scout movie bike

Engine: Combination of Indian and hand-built motor parts

Colour: Steel – aged by salt and sand

On display: Southland Museum & Art Gallery, Invercargill

What is the motorcycle’s history? It was built for the 2005 movie, The World’s Fastest Indian, which was based on the life of local legend and motorcyclist Burt Munro. Although this is a copy, Burt Munro’s original 1920 Indian Scout can be seen at E Hayes & Sons, Dee St.

What is it used for now? It is on permanent display at the Southland Museum & Art Gallery in Invercargill, but it has also been taken to Wellington last year (100 Years of Motorcycling in New Zealand at Te Papa) and this year (MTA 100 Years of Motoring) to promote the Burt Munro Challenge, Southland, the museum and Classic Motorcycle Mecca

What’s it worth? Special insurance has to be bought before it can be taken away from the museum

Where was Burt’s favourite places to race? Oreti Beach and the Bonneville Salt Flats in the United States

Top speed? The replica bike had to reach 150mph for the movie. However, Burt Munro achieved various land speed records from 1940-1971 in New Zealand and America, including the Flying One Mile, Class S-A 1000cc on his Munro Special Indian at 183.596mph, Bonneville, August 26, 1967

Burt Munro’s best riding experiences? Breaking the land speed records

Worst riding experience? For Burt, it would have been any time he fell off his bike

What motorcycles of note did Burt Munro own? Other than his 1920 Indian Scout (Munro Special 600cc side-valve bored out to 1000cc OHV), he also owned a 1936 Velocette which began as a 500cc, bored out to 650cc

Best music to ride to for Burt? Keep Your Motor Running

Describe Burt’s riding style: Laying down flat and flat out

What were his dream bikes? His Indian Scout and his Velocette

What was the first motorcycle he bought? The 1920 600cc side-valve (bored out to 1000cc OHV) Indian Scout (The Munro Special)

Did Burt belong to any clubs? Southland Motorcycle Club life member

Event: Burt’s Bash Out At The Beach, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Burt Munro’s world record. Hosted by the Southland Motorcycle Club. Saturday, August 26, 9am (depending on tide), Oreti Beach. Volunteers needed. For more information, phone Stephen Winteringham, 021 484 131.

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