Although salt quality for racing was quite bad during the first 2 days, a lot of new Land Speed Records in Bonneville this year. Too many to mention in my Blog, but one to notice was the 2 reached on a bike last ridden by late Cliff Gullett tragically killed while racing the Salts in 2008. The bike was pulled out of retirement, prepared for this year speed trials by legendary Wink Eller from Wink’s Performance in Temecula, CA.
Picking the right engine, tweaking the optimum map for the fuel injection, designing the right set of pipes and making the bike as light as possible for racing purpose are the parameters of the Bonneville challenge. To beat 2 new LSR’s in the A/SP Class, Wink Eller picked a 127 E-85 Ultima engine, custom geared a 5-speed transmission,used a one to one belt drive by Johny Andersen from Belt Drive LTD, fabricated his own exhaust system, used a very light rear & front wheel from Performance Machine. The first record was 148.428 down and 138.945 back for a two-way average of 143.686 mph, 3.494 M.P.H. over the former record. The second 162.123 down and 166.437 back for a two-way average of 164.280, 24.186 mph. over the record set by a 184 C.I. two-engine Harley. Both new records were set under the entry name “Spirit of Cliff Gullett” in memory of Cliff.