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.