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The event is wrapping up today, did anyone here make it there? Looks like a great event, track looks awesome. I hope to make it there at some point in the future. Team CafeRacer.net in 2008?

and c'mon, who wouldn't want to run their bike on the salt?

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Nice looking track. Didn't make it there but did get to the salt this year.
 

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Nice looking track. Didn't make it there but did get to the salt this year.
 

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It was pretty good. The salt was still a bit damp but good. There were a load of britbikes there and some incredibly fast (250+ mph). I was running on a miserable 99 mph record in the 500cc partial streamling pushrod class. I was able to raise it to an equally miserable 111 mph. It takes two runs for a record. I put a brand new battery in the Norton and on the first run it spluttered and farted to a time of 101 mph. 2 mph over the record. For the return run I put the old battery back and it cranked off a 120.546 run. I broke a few bits on the return and was done for the week but I achieved the two goals I had set for myself. One was to run over 120 and the second was to get the record. So I'm not complaining. Its a neat place but it is a hard place to tune for. Compared to some of the bike there I had a great time.
 

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Good on ya mate!

120? on the manx w/ the speedway engine? that is freakin hauling ass!!

good job setting a new record, it'll give you something to shoot for next year. How did they come up with 111? is that average of two runs?

anyway, good show. Next year bring spares and maybe an onboard camera? You know we'd love to see some footage....

any pics?



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Thanks for the kind words. Bonneville is a very humbling place. Ths year at El Mirage dry lake I've been running over 120. With a best run of 124.899. So I reckoned I could run up to Bonneville and pulverize the record. But that place has a habit of knocking your ideas. I had plenty of spares with me but I broke a few brackets and hadn't got a welder with me and couldn't find one. I was given a really nice camera as a present and brought it with me. But when I saw that salt gets EVERYWHERE I decided that I wasn't going to ruin the camera. The only photo I took was in Ash Springs, Nevada on the way. Its about 800 miles to Bonneville from where I am. We got caught in traffic in Las Vegas and stopped at Ash Springs overnight. The best part of the week was on the Sunday. We were in line to run. It was stop and go due to a nasty crosswind. A friend, Dave Anderson of N.C. was supposed to bring his BSA Gold Star out but he broke it at Maxton N.C. He came out to crew for me. While we were in line I noticed we were behind Phil Anderson of Sparks, Neveda with his '55 BSA Gold Star. For the trip I had bought a 27 year old RV. A rolling commode in truth. While we were shut down for the wind we had Dave, Phil, Jerry Meadows, Phil's engine builder, and Dave Kath in the RV. It was a really nice way to pass an afternoon BSin away about how fast we are!! Phil took the 500cc vintage production record at 91 mph. Last June he ran 100+ at El Mirage. I will have to go back next year and put the record where it belongs.

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Edited by - Hoofhearted on Sep 09 2007 9:41:28 PM
 

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Thanks Snorkelfork. When it comes to computers I'm a total dick. Making bikes run is a lot easier.
 

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Hoof, congrats on the record, and accomplishing your goals. That's just great.


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Thanks FR. As I said compared to some of the bikes up there I had no problems. One Triumph broke a primary chain and stuffed it ou the front of the case. His second run broke his intake manifolds. Third run the same thing etc. I think he managed one complete run for the week.

P.S. If you want nuts how about the RPM Cycle team. They ran a 750 Triumph in the partial streamline, pushrod fuel class to an average of 139+!!!!

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That was my uncle Craig running the RPM partial streamliner bike. Didn't get passed 131 mph last year when I was there, but found the extra mph's this year. My other uncle Andrew ran 170 mph in his "street" car.
Also, my uncle Craig hosts the Sandia Classic in Albuquerque, which happens next weekend. Here's an ideal race vacation for next year: Bonneville GP, Arches N.P./ Bryce Canyon N.P./Mesa Verde N.P./etc., and the Sandia Classic. All in about a week....
 

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I take my hat off to him. 139 from a pushrod 750 is insane!! Conngratulations to him.
 

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We just got back. Spent Thurs. spectating at the salt and Fri-Sun at Miller. AHRMA used the East Track for the event. Great track, (very technical) top notch facility, and loads of fun! I'll be back next year and would highly recommend it to anyone.

Cheers, Bret @ Glass from the Past

A few pics taken at the salt and Miller are here.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/show/

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I posted this to nycvinmoto and thought I'd re-post it here to share the pics:

Not mine and not anything to crazy, just a few pictures from the recent Bonneville Speed Trails on the Motorcycle Classics site. Take a peek:

http://cu.motorcycleclassics.com/pages/gallery.php?gallery=296847

That got me started and I found myself hunting around for more, came across a bunch of pics on smugmug, well worth a look. The photosets cover the vintage and modern moto-attempts. The classic stuff is just awesome, keep an eye out for the Vincent and the fully faired Honda cb160. Really cool bikes. you'll find the whole lot here:

http://www.smugmug.com/search/index.mg?searchWords=speed+trials&searchType=global

That's all I've found. Hopefully someone here will find it interesting! Heck, maybe it will inspire a classic land-speed record attempt from NYC?

why not?

-Rosko


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You have the ECTA and Maxton in North Carolina. I don't know how far frm NYC tha would be but if you have any land speed racing desires then that would be the place to head for.

P.S. Rosko, I gotta brag here. I was at El Mirage today and the Norton cranked off a 129.917 mph run.

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Rosko, No on board video I'm afraid. But a friend of mine sent me a link to youtube yesterday. It shows the Norton and Scott Baxter's '46 350 BSA at the May El Mirage meet. Nasty crosswind, bike ran 123 mph. When it comes to computers I'm, as mentioned before, a total dick. If ths works it will be a miracle. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmbKDIKDKFo
 
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