World’s Fastest Indian – Where Is It Now?

The World’s Fastest Indian – Not Where You Would Expect It!

The World’s Fastest Indian is one of my favourite movies because it is a true story of how a complete underdog went after his dream – and won!

A couple of years ago, Anthony Hopkins portrayed Burt Munro in The World’s Fastest Indian Movie.

Burt Munro was a crazy New Zealander who pushed his home made, and highly modified 1920’s Indian Motorcycle past the 300 km/hr barrier in 1967 at the Bonneville Flats in the United States to break the land speed record for his class of motorbike.

The trailer for The World’s Fastest Indian is shown below.

It’s a great movie.  If you haven’t seen it, check it out.

Anyway, one would think that Burt, who died in 1978, would be immortalised in all sorts of statues and paraphanalia and that The World’s Fastest Indian bike would be forever enshrined in some monument somewhere.

Well, sort of.

Guess Where The World’s Fastest Indian Is?

Here are a couple of photographs of the The World’s Fastest Indian bike as it stands today.

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Check out the tiny seat that Burt would have to squeeze on top of!

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The World’s Fastest Indian – Bike Seat

What’s bizarre is that The World’s Fastest Indian bike is now placed – in a hardware shop!

You can enter the E Hayes shop in Invercargill, New Zealand, free of charge to check out the bike for yourself.

I guess the location is just as unpretentious as old Burt Munro!

More info about the E Hayes shop is shown here.

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If you’re ever in Invercargill, New Zealand almost at the bottom of the Southern Hemisphere, check out The World’s Fastest Indian!

World’s Fastest Indian – More info

Check out more at The World’s Fastest Indian DVD, World’s Fastest Indian Burt Munro A Scrapbook of His LifeThe Road to Bonneville and One Good Run: The Legend of Burt Munro.

 

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9 Comments

  1. Craig Craig
    May 5, 2009    

    That sums up a lot of our culture. I love New Zealand.

    • May 5, 2009    

      Actually, I agree with you re: New Zealand Culture – understated and offbeat! It’s good fun there!

  2. Cameron Cameron
    January 30, 2010    

    Just to correct this article, the actual indian built by burt munro is the red indian at the front without the cowling fitted. The bike with the cowling fitted described here as being the bike is actually a replica built for the movie and is fitted with a 750cc ducati engine for use on the salt lake scenes.

  3. Tia Gray Tia Gray
    July 9, 2010    

    Anthony Hopkins is one of the veteran actors in Hollywood that should be given a lifetime acheivement award.”;.

  4. Cameron Rogers Cameron Rogers
    July 11, 2010    

    when i hear the name Anthony Hopkins, i always tought of the movie Meet Joe Black.”;-

  5. Juliette Morgan Juliette Morgan
    July 20, 2010    

    Great movie and apparently Anthony Hopkins really enjoyed making it. Many of the props in the movie really belonged to Burt Munro also.

  6. Phil.S Phil.S
    August 9, 2010    

    I had to come and look at this – I think the motorcycle should be in a museum somewhere, not a hardware store!

  7. Dougie Dougie
    December 17, 2010    

    Awesome bike and interesting to hear about the modification for the movie – looks like one for the Christmas list. Great post, thanks.

  8. March 2, 2013    

    I love Anthony Hopkins this is his best movie. Burt Munro was ok.
    I must see it again.

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