"All my life I've wanted to do something big"

A man of modest means, but with an extra dose of Kiwi ingenuity, Burt Munro is perhaps one of New Zealand’s best known speed lovers.

Burt became a national hero because of his land-speed record, set on his customised Indian Scout Motorcycle at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah in 1967.

He also set seven New Zealand records, as well as three further records at Bonneville, during his time racing and modifying motorcycles.

Making his achievements even more impressive was Burt’s determination and patience, often working through the night to make parts and tools for his bike instead of having them professionally built.

Burt was inducted to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2006, and in 2014, 36 years after his death, was retrospectively awarded an amended speed record of 184.074 miles per hour after his son noticed a calculation error on the 1967 certificate.

He was also belatedly inducted into the Motorcycling New Zealand Hall of Fame in 2016 on the 100th anniversary of MNZ.