Bert Munro was born into a farming family at Edindale in Southland New Zealand in 1899,
As Bert grew up his interest in all things mechanical caused him to turn to riding motorcycles, in 1920 Bert brought a new Indian Scout motorcycle, this motorcycle only had a top speed of fifty miles per hour so it became Berts life long ambition to make the Indian go faster.
In the late twenty's Bert moved to Mainland Australia to race speedway solo's but had to return to New Zealand with the onset of the Great Depression.
On the 27th of January 1940 Bert broke the New Zealand speed record by setting an average speed of 120.8 mph.
In 1948 Bert decided to stop work and concentrate on his passion, living life very cheaply in a shed with his motorcycles, tools and his passion for speed.
1957 BERT MUNRO PRESS REPORT
1967 BERT MUNRO SETS WORLD SPEED RECORD
As depicted in the 2005 movie Worlds Fastest Indian, Bert travelled to the Bonneville salt flats in Utah America to attempt to break to under 1000cc World Land Speed Record on his 1920 Indian motorcyle.
Even though Bert was in his sixtee's at the time, he still managed to overcome all his setbacks to set that new world record and return home a hero.
As the next elevern years past Burt would return to Bonneville 9 times setting more record.
Bert Munro passed away sadly on the 6th of January 1978 from a heart condition.