Burt Munro

1899 - 1978

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Herbert James "Burt" Munro (Bert in his youth; 25 March 1899 – 6 January 1978) was a New Zealand motorcycle racer, famous for setting an under-1,000 cc world record, at Bonneville, 26 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 to highly modify the 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 1,215,600 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Burt Munro is the 5,604th most popular politician (down from 5,179th in 2019), the 12th most popular biography from New Zealand (down from 11th in 2019) and the most popular New Zealander Politician.

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Among politicians, Burt Munro ranks 5,604 out of 15,710Before him are Ratchis, Dürrüşehvar Sultan, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, Regalianus, François Bozizé, and Emperor Nijō. After him are Vladko Maček, Mithridates II of Parthia, Micheline Calmy-Rey, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, Sarduri I, and Léon Duguit.

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Among people born in 1899, Burt Munro ranks 69Before him are Ernst-Robert Grawitz, Hans Jeschonnek, Andrei Platonov, Georges Bidault, Ludwig Guttmann, and Raoul Salan. After him are Walter Lantz, Nicolas Frantz, Franz Jonas, Benjamin Péret, Mart Stam, and Lotte Reiniger. Among people deceased in 1978, Burt Munro ranks 54Before him are Hannah Höch, Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, Giovanni Gronchi, Henry Corbin, Arnold Hauser, and Guo Moruo. After him are Herbert Kappler, Tetsu Katayama, Sisavang Vatthana, W. Eugene Smith, Misao Tamai, and Pablo Dorado.

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In New Zealand

Among people born in New Zealand, Burt Munro ranks 12 out of 206Before him are Peter Jackson (1961), Katherine Mansfield (1888), Denny Hulme (1936), Alan MacDiarmid (1927), Kiri Te Kanawa (1944), and Chris Amon (1943). After him are Lucy Lawless (1968), Alan Dale (1947), Martin Campbell (1943), Bruce Spence (1945), John Money (1921), and Jane Campion (1954).

Among POLITICIANS In New Zealand

Among politicians born in New Zealand, Burt Munro ranks 1After him are Patsy Reddy (1954), Helen Clark (1950), Jacinda Ardern (1980), Mike Moore (1949), Wallace Fard Muhammad (null), Jean Batten (1909), John Key (1961), Bill English (1961), Te Atairangikaahu (1931), David Lange (1942), and John Gorton (1911).