Indian Motorcycle, one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands, has set not one, not two, but three new land speed world records. This is yet another great achievement for the America’s first motorcycle company. The new records have been achieved on three machines (2015 Chief Classic, a 2015 Indian Scout and the 2017 Spirit of Munro Scout) by three riders among who one was Burt Munro’s great nephew, Lee Munro, at El Mirage.
Chet Michaelson, an engine calibration technician at Indian Motorcycle, was the first among the three riders to try his luck on the 2015 Indian Chief Classic in the M-PG (Modified-Pushrod Gasoline) 2000cc class. He did a top speed of 248kph (154.132mph) on his run and broke the old record of 243kph (151mph).
Lee Munro, the great-nephew of Burt Munro, was the second in the line to go on the battlefield. He was riding the 2017 Spirit of Munro Scout (50th Anniversary) and was competing in the MPS-G (Modified Partial Streamliner), 1350cc class. Lee put all his hard work and focus on his final run and attained a top speed of 300.43kph (186.681mph). He was well faster than the old record of 268.76kph (167mph).
The last Indian rider was Dan Gervais, a senior engine calibration technician at Indian Motorcycle. He was competing in the M-G (Modified-Gasoline) 1350cc class. His ride for his attempt to break the world record was a slightly modified 2015 Indian Scout. Dan went flat-out on his final run and scored 248.40kph (154.354mph) as the top speed, breaking the old record of 246.23kph (153mph). And this is how Indian Motorcycle bagged three new land speed world records.
Speaking on this joyous occasion, Lee Munro said, “Indian has been a great partner in not only providing me with an incredible machine but providing me with an opportunity to recognise and honour all Burt Munro did for motorcycling. And it was a great honour to join my great-uncle Burt in the land speed record book.”
Also present were Gary Gray, Vice President, Product Development for Indian Motorcycle said, “When you’re breaking records during test runs, you know your machine is on point. Our team of engineers has done an incredible job on the Spirit of Munro commemorative Scout. Running within a different class has allowed Lee to truly honour his great-uncle Burt. As Burt’s record still stands, Lee now joins Burt within the record book.”
From El Mirage, Lee Munro, accompanied by a volunteered team of Engineers of Indian Motorcycle, will head to Bonneville Salt Flats. He will pilot the modern Indian Scout with a powertrain modified by the Indian Motorcycle engineering team, on 12 and 13 August. This speed run is not to break Burt’s record but to honour it for being unbroken for 50 years. Burt was one of a kind and his actions spoke for him. His story is an inspiring one and there’s a movie about it too, The World’s Fastest Indian. Every motorcycle enthusiast must have watched it. If you haven’t, here’s its trailer to give you an urge to watch it now!