Preparations for the iconic Burt Munro Challenge have received an eagerly anticipated boost with the safe arrival of the ‘Spirit of Munro’ Indian Scout.

Last week the Southland Motorcycle Club welcomed the Indian Scout to Southland where it is set to play a role in the 13th Burt Munro Challenge being held 6-10 February 2019.

Southland Motorcycle Club vice president Garry Jamieson with the 'Spirit of Munro'

Southland Motorcycle Club vice-president Garry Jamieson said securing the Indian for the Challenge had involved a lot of hard work, passion and patience for all involved.

“After delays as a result of the TSA strikes in the United States we’re excited to have the Indian on Southland soil, it’s going to bring a little bit of Bonneville – the place where Burt Munro made history, to the Challenge,” he said.

The motorcycle was built in 2017 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Burt Munro’s longstanding world record at Bonneville where he went 186.41 mph in the SA 1000cc class.

Since being built, Munro’s great-nephew Lee Munro has raced the Indian twice at Bonneville during speed week held in August and as part of this year’s challenge, will participate in a demonstration on Oreti Beach.

Jamieson said seeing the Indian Scout charging up Oreti Beach will be a personal highlight for him for the 2019 Challenge.

“To see the Spirit of Munro in action on the same ground that Burt Munro trained on over 50 years ago will be something very special for all Indian riders and Burt Munro supporters and enthusiasts,” Jamieson said.

Alongside watching Munro ride the Indian, people will also be able to get up close and personal with the motorcycle at the Indian Motorcycle NZ Beach Racing Champs being held on Friday 8 February where it will be on display.

Tickets to the Indian Motorcycle NZ Beach Racing Champs, and any of the other Challenge events can be purchased from E Hayes & Sons, the Invercargill i-SITE and online at burtmunrochallenge.co.nz. Tickets will also be available for purchase (cash only) at the gate.

Venture Southland supports the Southland Motorcycle Club to hold the iconic Burt Munro Challenge working with the organising committee in the planning, management and promotion of the event to both local and international markets.