World Land Speed Record. Chris Carr Trying To Be Faster Than Chris Carr.

If you meet with Chris Carr, he will tell you that one day he wants to be the 1st man to reach 400 mph. Since September 5th, 2006 he is already the fastest man in the world on 2 wheels with a 2-pass run on the Salts averaging 350.8 mph aboard the Bub’s “Number Seven Streamliner”. This morning Chris ran the 11 miles track (5 for acceleration, 1 mile tor timing, 5 miles for deceleration with parachute) at 351.698 mph. This afternoon I joined Chris Carr and Dennis Manning, owner and builder of “Number Seven Streamliner” (and of course President of Bub High Performance Exhaust Systems) for the long wait before staging. As Dennis likes to say “the handbook of world records is full of blank pages since nobody went there before”. One of the blank pages is wind. It can be zero on mile 1, 10 mph on mile 2, 4 miles on mile 3, etc. And wind force and direction both may change while you race. While Chris was walking around us measuring wind speed, Dennis explained to me the latest improvements to the “Bub Seven Streamliner” and the spectacular results he got in wind tunnel testing. Did you say 365 mph? Then, via radio, officials gave a new wind update and Dennis decided to order the machine staging. I rushed to the timing tower in the middle of the course. Photographers were in position with their 800 camera lens. On radio I listen to new exchanges of wind data between officials & Dennis Manning, Head wind gusts again at 5 mph. waiting 30 minutes more. Gusts reappear. Chris confirms that he does not feel comfortable in these conditions. Chris Carr will not run this afternoon. Tomorrow morning at sunrise? Who knows? The Number Seven Streamliner needs head winds not exceeding 2/3 mph. For all of us, the long wait continues. the Speed Trials end at noon tomorrow. 2 successful runs must be made before this deadline…If you meet with Chris Carr, he will tell you that one day he wants to be the 1st man to reach 400 mph. Since September 5th, 2006 he is already the fastest man in the world on 2 wheels with a 2-pass run on the Salts averaging 350.8 mph aboard the Bub’s “Number Seven Streamliner”. This morning Chris ran the 11 miles track (5 for acceleration, 1 mile tor timing, 5 miles for deceleration with parachute) at 351.698 mph. This afternoon I joined Chris Carr and Dennis Manning, owner and builder of “Number Seven Streamliner” (and of course President of Bub High Performance Exhaust Systems) for the long wait before staging. As Dennis likes to say “the handbook of world records is full of blank pages since nobody went there before”. One of the blank pages is wind. It can be zero on mile 1, 10 mph on mile 2, 4 miles on mile 3, etc. And wind force and direction both may change while you race. While Chris was walking around us measuring wind speed, Dennis explained to me the latest improvements to the “Bub Seven Streamliner” and the spectacular results he got in wind tunnel testing. Did you say 365 mph? Then, via radio, officials gave a new wind update and Dennis decided to order the machine staging. I rushed to the timing tower in the middle of the course. Photographers were in position with their 800 camera lens. On radio I listen to new exchanges of wind data between officials & Dennis Manning, Head wind gusts again at 5 mph. waiting 30 minutes more. Gusts reappear. Chris confirms that he does not feel comfortable in these conditions. Chris Carr will not run this afternoon. Tomorrow morning at sunrise? Who knows? The Number Seven Streamliner needs head winds not exceeding 2/3 mph. For all of us, the long wait continues. the Speed Trials end at noon tomorrow. 2 successful runs must be made before this deadline…
7bubstreamlinerchriscarrcyrilhuzeIf you meet with Chris Carr, he will tell you that one day he wants to be the 1st man to reach 400 mph. On sepember 5th, 2006 he became the fastest man in the world on 2 wheels with a 2-pass run on the Salts averaging 350.8 mph aboard the Bub’s “Number Seven Streamliner”. This morning Chris ran the 11 miles track (5 for acceleration, 1 mile tor timing, 5 miles for deceleration with parachute) at 351.698 mph. This afternoon I joined Chris Carr and Denis Manning, owner and builder of “Number Seven Streamliner” (and of course President of Bub High Performance Exhaust Systems) for the long wait before staging.
manningcarrAs Denis likes to say “the handbook of world records is full of blank pages since nobody went there before”. One of the blank pages is wind. It can be zero on mile 1, 10 mph on mile 2, 4 miles on mile 3, etc. And wind force and direction both may change when you race. While Chris was walking around us measuring wind speed, Denis explained to me the latest improvements to the “Bub Seven Streamliner” and the spectacular results he got in wind tunnel testing. Did you say 365 mph?
Then, via radio, officials gave a new wind update and Denis decided to order the machine staging. I rushed to the timing tower in the middle of the course. Photographers were in position with their 800 camera lens. On radio I listened to new exchanges of wind data between officials & Denis Manning. Head wind gusts again at 5 mph. Waiting 30 more minutes. Gusts reappear. Chris confirms that he does not feel comfortable in these conditions. Chris Carr will not run this afternoon. Tomorrow morning at sunrise? Who knows? The Number Seven Streamliner needs head winds not exceeding 2/3 mph. For all of us, the long wait continues. The Bub Speed Trials end at noon tomorrow. 2 successful runs must be made before this deadline. One thing for sure: with the help of champion Chris Carr, Denis Manning is advancing the sport of motorcycle land speed racing.
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8 Responses to “World Land Speed Record. Chris Carr Trying To Be Faster Than Chris Carr.”


  1. 1 gardkcuf Sep 2nd, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    I notice the Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties logos are missing from the sides of the streamliner. So much for “support the sport”.

  2. 2 1550tc Sep 2nd, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Cyril thanks for the insight on the wind speed on the course…..365 would be an unreal number for Chris!

  3. 3 dale Sep 3rd, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Cyril:
    Thanks for your great reporting, and keeping us all updated on whats going on.It is fun to read about progress and achievements in all areas of our sport!

  4. 4 BikerMarc Sep 3rd, 2009 at 7:40 am

    I had the honor of meeting Chris Carr at Bonneville 2007.Nice “fast” guy.

    If any human can hit 500 mph its Chris and his “superhuman” team. I for one, am cheering for him. GO Chris GO.

    P.S. Cyril – good reporting. Thanks.

    BikerMarc

  5. 5 A 1 cycles Sep 3rd, 2009 at 8:13 am

    i have had my ass beaten by chris many times on the dirttrac he is a true warrior and doesnt give an inch..seeing him do this just confirms the truth about this man..he is unstoppable. good luck chris.

  6. 6 BREWdude Sep 3rd, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Can you update about the weather this morning. Great runs for Chris!

  7. 7 Gina Woods Sep 4th, 2009 at 5:11 am

    Chris will do it! BUB Rocks..miss you guys – thanks Cyril!!!

  8. 8 David Mitchell Sep 15th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I wish you the best Chris.I am in the process of building my own and hope to be their next year.

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