Postcards From Bonneville 65th Anniversary Speed Week

bonneville1 bonnevill00Bonneville2Bonneville3 Bonneville4The Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) is the sanctioning Body for the land speed racing meets at Bonneville Salt Flats and later on the calendar El Mirage and Muroc. In Bonneville, since last August 10th until this Friday morning August 16th, a total of 500 vehicles on 2, 3 and 4 wheels are racing for land speed records. The fastest trials on this planet with speeds in excess of 400 mph, with a large amount of Lakesters and Hot Rods and about 150 to 200 motorcycle riders straddling the strangest 2 and 3-weelers.

Bonneville5Speed Week in Bonneville is where Jay Allen “relaxes” in the saddle of his S&S-powered racer, where you can watch Shinya Kimura running his rolling pieces of art or watch Al Lamb of Dallas Honda, currently the fastest man on a sit-on motorcyle try to improve his own 260+ mph land speed record. For the first time this tear, the SCTA provides a live stream showing you pictures of the machines and their race results.

Bonneville8Bonneville7Bonneville8bisBonneville8ter Bonneville9A spectacular historic Streamliner made a stop at Speed Week 2013 en route to Pebble Beach: 50 years after the idea for the twin-engined Triumph-powered “Gyronaut X-1” the Streamliner returned to the Salt in style, accompanied by a rare 1948 “Tucker”, customized as the towing vehicle. Check out the full story at “Gyronauts 1 or meet the machines at Pebble Beach/California this weekend. Gyronaut X1 set the LSR in 1966 with 245.667 mph, a record that lasted until 1970 when the bike crashed at over 280 mph. Several Triumph-powered teams lined up at a multi-photographer photoshoot on sunday, the most “inspired” certainly being Australia-based “Lowbrow Customs” with their spectacular twin-engine Triumph racer that, without a doubt ,was inspired by “Gyronaut.” (with the collaboration and photography of Horst Roesler)

Bonneville-Bob-LewisAdded August 16 at 9.25 am ET: I just learned that yesterday August 15 Bob Lewis of Corpus Christi, Texas, racing a 1945 80″ Harley Knucklehead running in M-VG class, set a new world August 15, 2013 record of 152.456 mph, beating the old record Of 151.835 mph held by the Vincent Racing Team from Australia since 2010. The Knuck still has the tank shift and other features that give it its original enduring cool look.

11 Responses to “Postcards From Bonneville 65th Anniversary Speed Week”

  1. 1 Motorcycle Marc Aug 16th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Great pics. Thanks for sharing.

  2. 2 Terence Tory Aug 16th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Like eggs,every bike is way better with a little salt.

  3. 3 Devil's Plaything Aug 16th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Good luck to all and I hope everyone has a safe and victorious week!!!

  4. 4 Scotty Wood Aug 16th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Lowbrow Customs is Ohio based bro!

  5. 5 ray c wheeler Aug 16th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    A Few of my Hero’s….

    See ya in a few days at the Bub Speed Trials….

    please share the link…

    Thanks Cyril.

  6. 6 indian mike Aug 16th, 2013 at 2:01 pm


  7. 7 James just another crazy Kiwi Aug 16th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Those pre-unit Triumphs are beautiful, I rode a 51 Sprung hub Thunderbird for many many years.
    I wish I still had her !! The Knuckle is cool and that looked like a picture of a Turboed flattie ??
    Brilliant !!!!

  8. 8 burnout Aug 16th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    My shop is more busy now than it’s been all year but I sure wish I was at Bonneville……………..peace

  9. 9 Mike Tomas, Kiwi Indian Aug 17th, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Congrats to Bob Lewis. Bob looks a lot younger in the pic than he actually is. Enjoy mate.
    Last year when I rode the Coast Guard bike I built for Rolling Thunder from Calif to Wash DC, Bob dragged out his old original 1950-51 Chief out of the barn and rode it 700 to meet us. He rode with us for 1 day and then rode it 700 miles in 1 shot home. Respect. Hi to his good mate Clyde.

  10. 10 Iron Horse Aug 17th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Hope to get there someday. For now though, I really appreciate Cyril’s post from the event.

  11. 11 Rodent Aug 17th, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Go Jay!

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