Racers and their machines arrived in Bonneville for the 10th Anniversary 2013 BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials. During 6 days (August 24-29), conditions of the salt being good, they are going to try to put their names in the record books of motorcycle land speed records. Not doubt that by the end of this coming week the American Motorcyclist Association will have clocked numerous provisional record-setting runs in classes featuring everything from 50cc mini-bikes to 2,000cc-plus purpose-built top-speed machines.
One battle that should bring a lot of attention is the run for the outright land-speed record on two wheels. Two streamliners are currently registered, the BUB No. 7 Streamliner that will be piloted by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer and seven-time AMA Grand National Champion Chris Carr and a Triumph streamliner with AMA Pro Racing road racer Jason Disalvo at the controls. Both Carr and Disalvo will have their eyes on the current record, 376.363 mph, set by rider Rocky Robinson and builder Mike Akatiff in 2010. Carr is a former world record holder, running 367.382 mph in 2009.
The last bastion of pure motorcycle racing without any commercial interference is one of the most respected events. The amount of effort, investment, practice and teamwork that goes into just a few seconds of time at speed on the track is amazing to behold. Although It’s not every year that conditions are perfectly right for a record run, I bet that new records will be achieved. More information at American Motorcyclist Association. (photography Scooter Grubb courtesy to Cyril Huze)