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1920 Indian Scout

aren’t many classic which star in their own films. But then, there many classic motorcycles can claim to be The World’s Fastest

Although Anthony Hopkins is the star of a new film, The World’s Indian, all classic bike will no doubt be rather interested in the hardware on display.

plays Burt Munro, a New who spent a lifetime perfecting his Indian Scout. In the 1960s, took the Scout to the Bonneville Flats in Utah and, repeated attempts, year year, he finally set a new speed and in doing so captured the spirit of his Burt Munro’s 1967 record remains unbroken and the film is director and writer Donaldson’s tribute to Munro’s

Burt Munro bought his Scout at the age of 21, in 1920. Five earlier he’d bought his bike, a Douglas, and Burt racing soon after on a Clyno. But the Indian proved to be the of Burt’s life — he it for 57 years until his … in

The Scout was an 11hp, sidevalve 42-degree V-twin with a hand-change gearbox and foot-operated The helical-gear primary drive in a cast alloy case, and was delivered to the rear wheel by drive. The double downtube frame used a leaf-spring for front suspension (although soon swapped to a girder set-up), with a rigid end.

As standard the Scout around 340lb and was a little 54-inches long. The American for a 1920’s Scout was $325.

In trim, the Scout would at about 60mph and ‘exceeded everyone’s expectations for performance,’ to American motorcycle expert Tod

To go racing on his Scout, Munro the Indian — but that’s the half of it. In Humbernut style, he the Indian’s engine from (home-made barrels, pistons, and followers); even going so far as to a four-cam, overhead valve Eventually, Munro’s Scout a 17-plate clutch, capable of 1000lb…

Munro also experimented streamlining, as you’ll see from the he needed the sleek profile to the serious speed records. By the Munro was regularly setting records. In the 1960s (when was a grandfather, let’s not forget!), he to take the Scout to the Bonneville Flats.

By then the bike was different to the machine he’d some 42 years before its capacity had been boosted to for one thing.

In 1962 Munro set a speed record of 178.971mph… but wasn’t enough. On the following campaign, a conrod broke one of the speed runs — Munro was travelling at around More frustration followed in the season, until Munro hit the jackpot in 1967 with a engine. Munro recorded a run of 190.07mph.

This is still the fastest speed record for an Indian Munro’s aggregate speed was as 183.586mph.

Achieving the record was far straightforward, as Munro explained in the ‘At the Salt in 1967 we going like a …. she got the wobbles just over way through the run. To slow her I sat up. The wind tore my goggles off and the forced my eyeballs back my head — couldn’t see a

We were so far off the black line we missed a steel marker by inches. I put her down — a few all round but nothing much

Director Roger Donaldson’s film follows Munro’s his tribulations and his eventual success. was determined to bring Munro’s to the big screen.

‘I first met him late one night in 1971. Burt was that some young had come all the way down to meet old man and discuss the possibility of a documentary his exploits. In his enthusiasm he wheeled an old Indian Scout motorcycle out of the shed and jumped on the kick-

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‘The engine roared to a sound to split your The noise, you can’t hear talk let alone think! started coming on in the neighbours’

When Burt finally revving the engine and you could again hear, the night was with the yells of his disapproving suggesting that 11pm was an time to start demonstrating his motorcycle.

‘I have intrigued by Burt’s story for many years; some say my obsession with this matches Burt’s obsession his bike.’

Not everyone is quite so tuned-in to way of thinking. Actor Anthony who plays the New Zealander, admits to less enthusiastic about high-speed life.

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‘Well I’m no freak myself but Burt Burt loved speed. He I don’t know if he was obsessed it, but he loved the thrill of speed, he that you can live more in minutes on a motorbike going speed than you can in your lifetime. That was the challenge.

I there are obviously people who with mortality. I mean, taking a huge challenge, a challenge to risk your

‘But that was it — to fear is the greatest virtuous and I think Burt is one of those one of those guys. That’s his philosophy of life, to live to the full, because When … you’re a long … he says, and Once … you never come

‘I’m not a speed thrill though — I’m a driver, so I don’t like I used to when I was younger but I like to live.’

Several of Munro’s Indian Scout built for the film, which on general release in the UK on March 2006. Let us know what you of it…

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