The Home of the World’s Fastest Indian

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The door mats at both front entrances into E Hayes and Sons are very eye-catching as shown in the above photo.

After a partial stroke in 1977 Burt sold the Munro Special Indian Scout, another special bike called a Velocette, and most of his shed’s contents and motorbike trailer to Norman and Neville Hayes. Burt wanted to ensure they stayed in Southland. As I said in my last post, Burt died on 6th January 1978, aged 78.

I’ll show you some old Indian motorcycles that are on display in E Hayes and Sons because they give you an idea of what a ‘normal’ Indian motorcycle would have looked like.

The following two photos are of a 1918 Indian Power Plus 1000cc:

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The next, a 1922 Indian Scout 600cc is very similar to what Burt Munro originally started with (by the way, I adore the red colour!):

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Now, here I switch to Southland Museum briefly – they have on display one of two working replicas of the Munro Special Indian Scout used in the movie ‘The World’s Fastest Indian’ (2005).

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And an information panel from Southland Museum…

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Burt’s actual engine is held in E Hayes and Sons and was used to get the replicas as close as possible to how the record-setting Bonneville engine looked.

Here is the banner display above the cabinet where Burt’s ‘Munro Special’ is displayed in E Hayes and Sons:

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In my next post we’ll take a look at the ORIGINAL ‘World’s Fastest Indian’!


Further Reading …

  1. If you’re keen to read more about Burt Munro’s mechanical work on his 1920 Indian Scout, Neville Hayes provides a detailed overview
  2. Would you like to see more photos? E Hayes and Sons have a photo gallery at their website where you can see photos of Burt at Oreti Beach, Invercargill with his Munro Special and also at Bonneville, and various other photos. Very interesting!

Text and Photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2018)

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  1. Benjamin just keeps saying “WOW!” He loves the 1922 Indian Scout 600cc photo! We looked at the photo gallery and I read the Neville Hayes overview. I have to wonder what else Burt might have accomplished had his health not failed him. How wonderful that he had the foresight to sell his beloved bikes, etc. to the Hayes. We appreciate your sharing this fascinating piece of history. Thank-you x 2!!

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    1. Hi Ellen! Have only just got back to WP as we went to Queenstown yesterday and then unexpectedly stayed overnight in Central Otago on the way back. Have had lots of fun! Tried to limit my photo-taking but have still taken quite a lot! I’m so happy that you and Benjamin have been enjoying the series. A new Munro post went up last night – auto-posted. I think you and Benjamin will love the link at the end as it gives lots of new material to look at. Best wishes, Liz

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