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The Legacy of Burt Munro


Many people believe that our family connection to Burt Munro began in 1977, when Burt sold his prized 1920 Indian Scout - the 'Munro Special' - to my father Norman Hayes and myself, for permanent display in our store.

But our close friendship with this remarkable Southlander began many years earlier, when Burt first met my grandfather Irving Hayes, founder of our iconic hardware store. Irving began supporting Burt’s speed-record attempts by funding his trips to the United States.

Our family has always enjoyed a passion for motor racing and speed and our friendship with Burt continued, with my father Norman and myself sharing his enthusiasm, innovation and determination to realise his dreams.

Those dreams finally became real on the Salt Flats of Bonneville in August 1967 before being immortalised in Roger Donaldson’s 2005 movie ‘The World’s Fastest Indian’, which took Burt’s story to the world.

Today, E Hayes and Sons are the proud and respectful custodians of Burt Munro’s legacy through our ownership of his Authentic, Original and Legendary 1920 Indian Scout.  This remarkable machine is on display along with many other items of memorabilia here in our store for you to share - where Burt himself left them.

Neville Hayes

Managing Director

E Hayes Managing Director Mr Neville Hayes with Burt Munro´s Authentic, Original and Legendary 1920 Indian Scout - the ´Munro Special´.


Burt Munro´s Munro Special


Burt Munro


The Burt Munro story


Herbert ('Burt') James Munro was born on the 25th March 1899 at Edendale, a country town 30km from Invercargill, New Zealand.


Burt bought his Indian motorbike new in 1920 as a standard model Indian Scout which had a side-valve engine of 600cc capacity. The price was ₤120 with acetylene lighting although he could have bought an electric lighting model but it was quite a bit more expensive at the time. The engine number was 50R627.


The Indian Scout was very advanced for it’s time with a helical gear transmission and a mechanical oil pump working on a total loss system. The top speed was in the region of 60mph.


In the 1920′s Burt started tuning the bike for speed and eventually had it exceeding 90mph in side-valve form.










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