|The World's Fastest Indian|
Munro set his first New Zealand speed record in 1938 and later set seven more. He travelled to compete at the Bonneville Salt Flats, attempting to set world speed records. During his ten visits to the salt flats, he set three speed records, one of which still stands today. Munro's Indian Scout was very early off the production line, being only the 627th Scout to leave the American factory. The bike had an original top speed of 55 mph (89 km/h). But this did not satisfy Munro, so in 1926 he decided to start modifying his beloved Indian.The biggest two challenges for Munro to overcome while modifying his bike were his lack of money and the fact that he worked full-time as a motorcycle salesman. He would often work overnight on his bikes (he had a 1936 Velocette MSS as well), then he would go to work in the morning, having had no sleep the night before.
The Bonneville Salt Flats in northwestern Utah, are known worldwide for their many miles of flat, compacted salt, perfect for testing speed machines. During Speed Week, usually in mid-late August, vehicle enthusiasts from around the world gather at Bonneville.Munro travelled to Bonneville ten times, the first time for "sightseeing" purposes. In the nine times he raced at Bonneville, Munro set three world records, in 1962, 1966 and 1967. He also once qualified at over 200 mph (320 km/h), but that was an unofficial run and was not counted.Following the misspelling of his name in an American motorcycling magazine in 1957, Bert Munro changed his name to Burt
Elokuva Maailman nopein intiaani (The World's Fastest Indian) Erityisen maukkaaksi elokuvan tekee se, että Burt Munron tarina on tosi. Munro oli tehnyt Australian ja Uuden-Seelannin nopeusennätykset moottoripyörällään mutta matka Amerikkaan ja yritys maailmanennätyksen tekemiseksi sai odottaa pitkälle "eläkevuosiin".Roger Donaldson teki Munrosta tv-dokumentin jo vuonna 1971, ja tätä elokuvaa hän suunnitteli parin vuosikymmenen ajan.Ennen kuin hanke toteutui elokuvaksi, Donaldson ehti luoda menestyksekkään uran Hollywoodissa mm. elokuvilla Cocktail, Pakotie, Species, Dante's Peak ja Kolmetoista päivää.Ohjaus: Roger Donaldson. Näyttelijät: Anthony Hopkins, Iain Rea, Tessa Mitchell, Aaron Murphy, Tim Shadbolt. Tuotanto: Uusi-Seelanti, 2005.