Lee Munro, great nephew of legendary land speed record holder Burt Munro, is aiming to follow in his illustrious relative’s tyre tracks by breaking the 200mph barrier at this month’s Bonneville Speed Week.
Burt’s legend was cemented when his story inspired the 2005 movie ‘The World’s Fastest Indian’ where his character was played by Sir Anthony Hopkins. It told the story of his obsession with the Bonneville Salt Flats and his determination in modifying his 1920 Indian Scout to top 200mph. In the 1960s, Munro set three class records at Bonneville and took his machine (which left the factory with a 55mph top speed) to an unofficial 205.67mph over the flying mile in 1967.
This year Lee will be riding a modified version of the modern day Indian Scout, dubbed the “Spirit of Munro” in the MPS-G (Modified Partial Streamliner) class for bikes up to 1350cc. Last year Munro set an official run of 191.286mph and this year, for the 70th annual Bonneville Speed Week, he and his team have made minor modifications to the bodywork and air intake in an attempt to top the 200mph mark.
“My great uncle Burt is a significant inspiration for my own motorcycle racing career, and his appetite for speed is clearly a part of my DNA,” said Lee. “Partnered with the exceptional team at Indian Motorcycle, I know we can make our dreams of hitting 200 mph a reality.”
Gary Gray of Indian added: “We’re eager to be back on the salt flats with Lee and the ‘Sprit of Munro. Indian Motorcycle was honoured to partner with the Munro family last year and pay tribute to Burt’s incredible accomplishments and land-speed record set in 1967.”
The 70th Bonneville Speed Week is scheduled to take place between August 11-17 on the Bonneville Speed Flats in Utah, the United States.