Burt Munro; ‘World’s Fastest Indian’

Burt Munro was born in Invercargill, New Zealand in 1899 and died in 1978.  When people mention Burt Munro, you know two things.  Firstly, he was from Invercargill.  Secondly, you’ve heard about the movie ‘The World’s Fastest Indian’.

He was a New Zealand motorcycle racer.  Burt set three speeds records; 1962, 1966 and 1967.  In 1967 he was 68 years of age – not a young fellow when he set these records.  Interestingly, in 2014 his speed time of 1967 was slightly increased.  Burt’s son John found a calculation error in his recorded speed.

The Munro Special

The Burt Munro Story

If you are a fan of Burt Munro or just love motorcycles, then a visit to ehayes Motorworks Collection is essential.  This is where you can see Burt’s original 1920 Scout.  Ehayes is a hardware store in Invercargill.  However, you will see much more than just a hardware store.

Among the hardware, automotive paint, gifts and outdoor clothing you’ll see motorcycles, other older machinery and memorabilia.  Ehayes is one of the most interesting places to visit.  Allow at least an hour to walk around and look at everything.  And don’t be surprised in you buy something before leaving the shop.

The World’s Fastest Indian

Burt Munro Memorial Sculpture

Check out the beautiful bronze sculpture outside Queen’s Park, Invercargill.  What a great way to honour Burt Munro; a larger-than-life bronze statue.  It was unveiled in November 2011.  It features Burt crouching down in his 1920 Indian motorcycle.

Memorial quote ‘you live more in five minutes flatout on a bike like this, than most people do in a lifetime‘ – Burt Munro.

Burt Munro Memorial Sculpture
Burt Munro Memorial Sculpture

Burt Munro’s Grave Site

Interred at Invercargill’s Eastern Cemetery with Burt are his parents and brother.   This cemetery is also Invercargill’s oldest cemetery.  His burial location is General – 23 / 100.  The online records also supply a map to make finding his grave easier.  Their headstone also includes two photos of Burt with his motorcycles.

Burt Munro's Grave Site at Invercargill's Eastern Cemetery
Burt Munro’s Grave Site at Invercargill’s Eastern Cemetery

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