Burt Munro Biography
(New Zealand Motorcycle Racer Who Set an Under-1,000 CC World Record)
Birthday: March 25, 1899 (Aries)
Born In: Invercargill, New Zealand
Burt Munro was a motorcycle racer from New Zealand, best remembered for his remarkable Bonneville records. Born to a farmer, he was initially forced to take up the family profession. Munro's father never supported his wish to see the world outside his farm, which gave rise to Munro’s passion for motorbikes. He not only raced on motorbikes but had also given two of his beloved bikes, an 'Indian Scout' and a 'Velocette MSS,' some advanced makeovers. Munro had set his first New Zealand speed record in 1938, eventually setting seven more such records. He had traveled to the Bonneville Salt Flats 10 times, competing nine times and setting three records, one of which still remains unbroken. Munro was 63 when he managed to overcome several obstacles to set world records. He set his last record while riding a 47-year-old bike. Besides his speed, Munro was known for his bike transformation skills. Munro's inspiring story and achievements have been the subject of the film 'The World's Fastest Indian' (2005). His son has made a career in automobile transformation and inventions.