Burt Munro’s 1920 Indian Scout “Munro Special”

1920 Indian Scout – Burt Munro’s “Munro Special” – Photo Source: YouTube Screenshot

Last week we featured the “Spirit of Munro”, Indian Motorcycle’s Streamliner built to honor motorcycle racer Burt Munro, this week we are diving deeper into the history of Burt Munro’s record-breaking dream machine, the “Munro Special”.

The “Munro Special” was the 1920 Indian Scout that broke the 1000cc land speed world record in 1967 at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Burt Munro’s story was made into a movie in 2005 starring Anthony Hopkins. In the video below, you’ll witness the actual Indian Scout that Munro built. He starting modifying the “Munro Special” in 1926 and built many of the tools and parts himself, including the barrels, pistons, and flywheels.

This is the 1920 Indian Scout built and driven by Burt Munro. Jay Leno on commentary. Three times during the ’60’s it set the World’s fastest flying mile record for motorcycles under 1000cc at the Bonneville Salt Flats. This is not the reproduction used in the “The World’s Fastest Indian” starring Anthony Hopkins, but the actual bike that set the record. Fortunately this is the second year of the Concours d’Elegance to feature motorcycles on the green. This year they featured the salt flat racers and their contribution to Hot Rodding. I was very lucky to see and hear this amazing piece of history.” – YouTube Video Description

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