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Burt Munro Challenge Feb 2018
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One of New Zealands Iconic Motorsport events honours the memory of Burt Munro made famous by the movie "The Worlds Fastest Indian".
Born in Edendale in 1899, Burt Munro’s dedication to motorcycles was enormous, and his life’s achievements are legendary. He purchased his first motorcycle at the age of 15 and had his first Indian Scout in 1920 – the bike he would continue to modify (with his own custom made unique parts) for the rest of his life.
After setting a number of New Zealand land speed records in the 1940s and 1950s his next goal was to compete at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, United States. His first trip to Bonneville as a competitor was in 1962 (Burt was 63) and there he set a land speed record of 178.97mph.
He travelled there a further eight times to compete and set two more world records. His 1967 record of 183.58mph still stands today, and on this trip he also managed to hit 190.07mph during a qualifying run which is the fastest ever recorded speed on an Indian motorcycle.
Burt Munro was an extraordinary character that represented typically positive kiwi attributes such as ingenuity, dogged determination, and a laid back and humorous approach.
Burt Munro Challenge
PLEASE NOTE- In the past the Burt Munro Challenge has been held in November. The event has now been moved to February to ensure better weather.
Following the success of the 2005 movie about Burt Munro's inspirational life – “The World’s Fastest Indian”, the Southland Motorcycle Club created the Burt Munro Challenge to honour Burt, his ingenuity, determination, and love of speed and motorcycles.
The inaugural event was held in 2006, and it has since forged a name for itself as one of New Zealand's major motorsport events. It has a strong local & national following, and rapidly growing international interest. It attracts top New Zealand riders along with the weekend warriors, with a variety of exciting events, fantastic entertainment, and famous southern hospitality.
The Schedule for the 2018 Burt Munro Challenge is yet to be confirmed but in the past has consisted of-
Thu 8 Feb 10am - NZ Hill Climb Champs
Thu 8 Feb 6pm - NZ Super-X Champs
Fri 9 Feb 6pm - ILT NZ Beach Racing Champs
Sat 10 Feb 9am - E Hayes and Sons
Sat 10 Feb 4pm -
Oreti Park Speedway
Sun 11 Feb 11am - Invercargill Street Races
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