The 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.
Speed 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 www.SCTA-BNI.org provides a live stream showing you pictures of the machines and their race results.
A 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)
Added 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.