If 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.
As 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.