The humble racing and cycle building legend, Wink Eller, has some killer tricks up his sleeve for El Mirage 2011. Teamed now with motorcycle rally legend, land speed racer and Broken Spoke Saloon founder, Jay Allen, the duo is, “a force to be reckoned with.”
Their original goal of the Eller Allen Racing Team was to take the World Finals at Bonneville by storm this year, but the intricacies of building a masterpiece race bullet is taking more time than anticipated. “I knew this was going to be a big challenge. You’ve got to take your time to properly build a bike for a 200 mph run. It takes a lot of painstaking work and it takes time to do it exactly right,” Eller says. Exactly right in the world of Wink Eller means that there are no short cuts and no cut corners when creating something that will be downright mind blowing and surely record setting. The heartbeat of these racing innovations is an S&S engine coupled with a Baker transmission.
Though Allen was disappointed that the bikes would not be completed for the World Finals at Bonneville, veteran Eller had a different attitude. “El Mirage was our ace in the hole anyway if we didn’t get to go to the World Finals. It’s just as prestigious a record and a more exciting record because we’re doing it in the dirt!” claims Eller. Passes are made on a dry lake bed at this two-day event. Here, the duo will be able to set the same kind of land speed records they would have at Bonneville with the SCTA. “El Mirage for us is what a fisherman’s favorite secret fishing hole is to them. If we can run there, we can run Bonneville. If we run 200 mph at El Mirage our season is going to be incredible,” tells Eller.
The Eller Allen racing team intends to “turn heads and ruffle skirts” and certainly set the racing world on fire with their unique racing creations, yet to be named. “I’m burning the midnight oil and the candle at both ends working on these bikes day and night,” says Eller. “My wife is wondering when the heck she’s going to see me again. Jay has seen the level of work that goes into building something this powerful. He freaked out when he saw it. In my world, it’s a piece of artwork.”
El Mirage takes place November 12-13, 2011. The team will run identical bikes in two different classes and is currently seeking sponsors. Sponsorship packages are available at Eller Allen Racing. Eller Allen Racing.