From the first run at El Mirage Dry Lake in the California high desert earlier this year it was clear Lee Munro—aside from being the grand nephew of Bonneville legend Burt Munro—was the right choice to pilot the Spirit of Munro 2017 Indian Scout land-speed racebike. He was focused and collected, and fit right in with the highly capable Indian racing crew.
This video, the third in a four-part series, tracks Munro and the Indian team’s progress from the first time the bike was unloaded at El Mirage to his final licensing run, which also set a new record in preparation for Bonneville Speed Week August 11-14.
Lee was joined at El Mirage by John Munro, Burt’s son, who brought some memorabilia and artifacts of Burt’s to share on the dry lake bike to help inspire the latest Munro land-speed racer. The intent was to connect his current efforts to Burt’s record set 50 years ago with the Munro Special, the highly modified 1920 Indian Scout streamliner made even more famous in the 2005 movie The World’s Fastest Indian.
“You get out here and just ride a bike as fast as it will go, sometimes you sort of don’t want the run to stop,” Lee Munro said.
That’s just one of the reasons racers keep going back. Check out the video and stay tuned for the final video following Bonneville Speed Week.