The great-nephew of legendary Land-Speed record holder Burt Munro is set to return to Bonneville Salt Flats aboard Indian’s “Spirit of Munro”. And he’s got the 200mph barrier in his sights.

Indian Motorcycle has announced that Lee Munro will attempt to break 200mph at Bonneville Salt Flats this August. With the support of an Indian Motorcycle engineering team and a newly modified Indian Scout, called the “Spirit of Munro” – Lee is looking to top his previous official speed of 191.286mph at the upcoming annual Bonneville Speed Week.


Lee Munro’s 191.286mph run at last year’s Speed Week has motivated the team to make a few modifications to help Munro break into the exclusive 200mph club.

Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle, said: “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 ‘Sprit 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 this goal.”

Lee Munro attributes his love for speed to the bloodline he shares with his great uncle, Burt Munro, who famously set a land-speed record in 1967 aboard a 1920 Indian Scout. In 2005, Burt Munro’s legacy was immortalised with the making of the popular film, “The World’s Fastest Indian,” starring Sir Anthony Hopkins and in 2017, Lee Munro celebrated the 50th anniversary of his great uncle’s record with a commemorative run at Bonneville Speed Week.


Munro said: “My great uncle Burt is a significant inspiration for my own motorcycle racing career, and his appetite for speed is clearly a part of my DNA. Partnered with the exceptional team at Indian Motorcycle, I know we can make our dreams of hitting 200 mph a reality.”

Speed Week will be held August 11-17 in Bonneville, Utah.

Ross Mowbray

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