A Bronze Sculpture To Honor Burt Munro

cyrilhuzeburtmunroBurt Munro’s enthusiasm, determination, persistence, ingenuity is fascinating and inspiring for all of us. And it is definitely time for his native country of New Zealand to honor him.  A larger-than-life bronze sculpture of Burt Munro on his modified Indian motorcycle might soon be gracing the park of the city of Invercargill where he was living and working.  The sculpture will be done by a Roddy McMillan, a local  sculptor .City officials will approve the project on Monday.

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14 Responses to “A Bronze Sculpture To Honor Burt Munro”


  1. 1 rocky Feb 13th, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Fantastic, A true genius to look up to

  2. 2 Darin Maltsberger -Instructor@MTI Feb 13th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Great to see a true legend being commemorated. During the first semester of each school year I show the movie, “The World’s Fastest Indian” teach a lesson on land speed racing and motorcycles and Usually have a guest appearance byLaura Klock and this year, Ross Thomas. My students are usually amazed. Young people don’t realize what pioneers like Burt did to help change the way manufacturers look at the motorcyle. The racing culture , like the custom culture, inadvertantly as well as directly influences design in the mainstream manufacturing industry. We are all recpipiants of the “offerings to the gods of speed”. Thanks Burt.
    -Darin

  3. 3 raycwheeler Feb 13th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Burt was an incredible human being, deserving of recognition.

    raycwheeler usa

  4. 4 gabehcuoD Feb 13th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    IMOP, Burt Munro is one of the greatest ! Not spoiled by corporate money, rich parents, or sponsors…… Not that any of those things are necessarily bad. Burt did almost everything himself with almost nothing and broke records that stood for decades. A TRUE pioneer and a legend……

    I would like to see a few builders in our industry build there own engine / trans, and the bike, then go blast the salt flats and break a records.. There are a few guys at the AMD that build there own engine but they are not a true race bike. Its just another bling contest.

    As Ive said before Burt Munro, John Britten, Michael Czysz are a few of my heroes and quite possible legends in the the motorcycle industry along with several others.

    ANYONE, that builds the WHOLE bike in there shop and takes it out to the track has my attention and utmost respect !

    Burt Munro: built his stuff in a small ‘shack’ …New Zealand
    John Britten: built in his garage…New Zealand
    Michael Czysz: built in a modern “F1″ facility…Portland Oregon

  5. 5 Dylan Robb Feb 13th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I only have two hero’s and they both come from N.Z Munroe and Britten, Burt inpired me wich was a little evident in my last build
    And my goal is to one day race the flats, this man shows you what you can do if you are detirmend and I will teach my children of this legend” Burt Munroe” and hopfully they will teach theres!!

  6. 6 Curt! Feb 14th, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Burt has got to be every man’s hero. His story is so inspiring that he has to be one of a handfull of the greatest motorcycle racers in history.

  7. 7 jatinder pal Feb 14th, 2010 at 2:19 am

    He deserves it….

  8. 8 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian Motorcycles Feb 14th, 2010 at 2:36 am

    A true hero and a man who just went out and did it on next to no money. A true inspiration to many and the man responsible for the resurgence in motorcycle and car salt flats racing. Long live Indians mate. It was a true honor to be involved in the movie and bring it to the world on the big screen. Rightfully and well deserved M8.

  9. 9 sollis Feb 14th, 2010 at 3:42 am

    i notice that there lots innovative people live in New Zealand for example John Britten

  10. 10 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian Motorcycles Feb 14th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Yes there are a lot of innovative people from New Zealand. One of the reasons is because we are from the other end of the world and we did not have access (or money) to many things therefore we had to create it. We had an excellent apprenticeship program for all trades that craftsman would pass along their skills and challenge us. It was a great time but unfortunately the apprenticeship program now is non existant. With the avaialbilty of good incomes anyone can BUY whatever they want from anywhere in the world and have it shipped to their doorstep in a matter of days. Probably up through the 80’s it took weeks if not months for something to be shipped in and goods were expensive. Both made folks innovative. It was truly a great era

  11. 11 maroco Feb 15th, 2010 at 8:30 am

    No words! One of the best! The film about his live is realy impressive to.

  12. 12 Keith Feb 15th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Hail, Hail, the Great Burt Monro!

  13. 13 Micah McCloskey Feb 16th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Burt was a personal friend of mine. He stayed with me before going on to Bonneville on 2
    differnt occasions, both in the eary seventies.
    Extremely tallented and completely focused on racing the 2 bikes he dedicated his life to,
    the INDIAN and VELOCETTE, working with no money and primetive building techniques, Burt was the purest form of the motorcycle racing enthusiast that could be reached, only concerned with
    making his motorcycle go faster every time it went out. He couldn’t have cared less about the glory,
    only the ride, thrill and accomplishment of achieving greater speed were his goal.
    One letter written by Burt to me stated ” I have blown up the Velo for the 100th time, but have found the problem and fixed it”.
    When a reporter asked Burt why he raced motorcycles that were old and out of production his
    reply was ” I’ve always said never start anything you can”t finish”. Burt was on a motorcycle quest
    that could only be finishd with death, this was the only thing that would end his focus.
    I was very fortunate to have met and spent time with Burt when I was a young enthusiast myself.
    God bless him.

  14. 14 chris wallace Jan 9th, 2011 at 1:07 am

    Burt Munro was an is the smartest man to live he found true peace doing what he loved i hope to be a quarter as acomplished as Burt an i will die a happy man long live the memory of a legend

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