Fresh from hosting a very successful Sturgis Rally 2011 at the downtown Original Broken Spoke, Jay Allen arrived at Bonneville Speed Week supercharged to break another Land Speed Record with the support of good friend and mentor, Wink Eller. After three passes, Allen claimed a new record average with 186.465 and a new Land Speed Record in the APS-PG-3000 class. Jay’s Bonneville bike is powered by an S&S 124” consumer motor with Rob Schopf B-2 heads, which is the smallest motor in the class. It also features a Baker drivetrain 5 speed transmission. “I get up to 180 – 190mph no problem with these components that are right out of the crate,” tells Jay. “Now, that’s a testament to the kind of quality product these tried and true American manufacturers produce. Thanks to S&S and Baker I can live my dreams out here on the Flats!”
Wink ultimately was unable to ride his own bike due to an injury, but, boy, did he try. Eager to kill it on the salt, the mastermind fabricator forgot to factor in that his flesh wound would be pressed up against the frame and then assaulted by the wicked vibrations of top speed. The pain was so intense that Wink almost passed out and this was not acceptable to the legendary racer. So, the pair wondered if he may be able to fit Jay’s bike. Success…
Wink soared up to 190 mph on Jay’s bike then was hit by a side wind and the bike went through the two mile marker flag. The impact shattered the windshield and impregnated the fabric of the mile marker flag into his helmet. But his need for speed kept him slicing onward to finish the mile. Unfortunately, the clock didn’t catch him coming into the mile. With windshield repaired, Wink went back out and made a 185 pass on a 184 record. The next day, he ran for the backup pass but was unable to set the record due to bad weather. Ah! Foiled! Denied a record by Mother Nature!
Afterwards, it was Jay’s turn to switch it up. He took four passes with Wink Eller’s bike which he claimed was “A monster, a beautiful work of art.” However, due to an electrical issue, Wink had to take the bike back to his shop and now it’s fixed and screamin’ ready for the Bubs Speed Trials.