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Burt Munro

1899 - 1978

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Herbert James "Burt" Munro (Bert in his youth; 25 March 1899 – 6 January 1978) was a motorcycle racer from New Zealand, famous for setting an under-1,000 cc world record, at Bonneville, on the 26th of August 1967. This record still stands; Munro was 68 and was riding a 47-year-old machine when he set his last record.Working from his home in Invercargill, he spent 20 years highly modifying his 1920 Indian motorcycle that he had bought that same year. Munro set his first New Zealand speed record in 1938 and later set seven more. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Burt Munro has received more than 1,735,932 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia. Burt Munro is the 4,485th most popular politician (up from 5,597th in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from New Zealand (up from 12th in 2019) and the most popular New Zealander Politician.

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Among politicians, Burt Munro ranks 4,485 out of 15,577Before him are Prince Philippe, Duke of Orléans, Magnus VI of Norway, Theudis, Victor Klemperer, Anna von Schweidnitz, and Otto II, Duke of Bavaria. After him are Milorad Dodik, John I, Duke of Brabant, Nikolay Bobrikov, Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich of Russia, George Tupou I, and Per Albin Hansson.

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Among people born in 1899, Burt Munro ranks 60Before him are Charles Boyer, Georges Auric, P. L. Travers, Georges Bidault, Philipp Bouhler, and Leo Strauss. After him are Brassaï, Ernst-Robert Grawitz, Andrei Platonov, Aksel Sandemose, Franz Jonas, and Nadezhda Mandelstam. Among people deceased in 1978, Burt Munro ranks 42Before him are Tamara Karsavina, Étienne Gilson, Keith Moon, Charles Boyer, Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, and Roger Caillois. After him are Georgi Markov, Ida Noddack, Musa al-Sadr, Vincent du Vigneaud, Carlo Scarpa, and Ignazio Silone.

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In New Zealand

Among people born in New Zealand, Burt Munro ranks 9 out of 248Before him are Russell Crowe (1964), Maurice Wilkins (1916), Bruce McLaren (1937), Peter Jackson (1961), Denny Hulme (1936), and Katherine Mansfield (1888). After him are Wallace Fard Muhammad (1893), Jane Campion (1954), Martin Campbell (1943), John Money (1921), Kiri Te Kanawa (1944), and Alan MacDiarmid (1927).

Among POLITICIANS In New Zealand

Among politicians born in New Zealand, Burt Munro ranks 1After him are Wallace Fard Muhammad (1893), Jacinda Ardern (1980), Helen Clark (1950), Patsy Reddy (1954), Catherine Tizard (1931), Jean Batten (1909), John Key (1961), Bill English (1961), David Lange (1942), Te Atairangikaahu (1931), and John Gorton (1911).