Lee Munro To Attempt New Speed Record At BonnevillePosted on: August 6, 2018, by : Anik Paul
Indian Motorcycle has announced that Lee Munro, the great nephew of the legendary land-speed racer Burt Munro, will attempt to break the 200 mph (320 kmph) land speed barrier at the Bonneville Salt Flats this month. Equipped with the newly modified Indian Scout dubbed the “Spirit of Munro” and supported by the Indian Motorcycle engineering team, Munro will attempt to eclipse his previous official speed of 191.286 mph (307.85 kmph) at the upcoming 70th annual Bonneville Speed Week, which will take place from August 11, 2018 to August 17, 2018.
For this year’s attempt, Indian Motorcycle’s engineering team has worked on refining the Indian Scout Streamliner which will run in the MPS-G (Modified Partial Streamliner) 1350 cc class. Lee Munro’s record-breaking run of 186.681 mph (300.433 kmph) at El Mirage and official run of 191.286 mph (307.844 kmph) at last year’s Speed Week has motivated the team to update the bike with modifications to the intake and minor body adjustments, to help Munro break into the 200 mph club.
“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. We’re eager to be back on the salt flats with Lee and the ‘Spirit of Munro’. Our engineering team led by Wayne Kolden and Dan Gervais have put long hours into developing a bike capable of hitting the 200 mph mark and we’re excited to watch Lee pursue that goal,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle.
Lee’s great uncle Burt Munro had set a land speed record in 1967 aboard a 1920 Indian Scout. Burt Munro’s legacy was immortalised in the 2005 film, “The World’s Fastest Indian” starring Anthony Hopkins. In 2017, Lee Munro celebrated the 50th anniversary of his great uncle’s record with a commemorative run at Bonneville Speed Week.