2013 Bonneville BUB Trials Update

cyrilhuzebonnevilleBecause of frequent windy weather and sometimes too wet salt, this year was not the most favorable to racers to set as many land speed records as previous years. I was expecting to report on the outright world land speed record battle between the BUB No. 7 piloted by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer and seven-time AMA Grand National Champion Chris Carr and a brand new Triumph Castrol Rocket streamliner with AMA Pro Racing road racer Jason Disalvo at the controls. The current world land speed record was set in 2010 at 376.363 mph by pilot Rocky Robinson and builder Mike Akatiff on a speed machine known as Ack Attack. Deterred by bad weather conditions, the battle between the BUB No 7 and the Triumph Castrol Rocket didn’t happen, both machines making only test runs.

triumphcastrolrocketBecause I have already reported several times on the BUB No 7, let me introduce you to the new super-sleek Triumph Rocket. It is powered by twin turbo-charged Triumph Rocket engines burning methanol and prepared by designer Carpenter Racing.  Total displacement is almost 3,000 cc and cranks out 1,000 horsepower and 500-foot-pounds of torque. At 2 feet wide, 3 feet tall and 25 feet long, it will be competing in the Division 3, Type V, “streamlined motorcycle” category for motorcycles up to 3,000 cc.The aerodynamic Kevlar-skinned body was designed by Mark Markstaller. Triumph acquired its slogan “the most famous name in motorcycling” because of the brand dominance in Bonneville during most of the period between 1955 and 1970.

To this feature, I add a few postcard shots on location by friend photographer Horst Roesler.

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12 Responses to “2013 Bonneville BUB Trials Update”

  1. 1 Mcfreeak Aug 31st, 2013 at 8:40 am

    What is that low slung silver bike in the last photo?

  2. 2 Peter Aug 31st, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Actually the conditions were great for 90% of the time, the salt was in fantastic condition, the problem was the wind. For streamliners to run they need the wind to be under about 5mph, but often it rose above this. For the sit on motorcycle the conditions were suprb, with lots of records broken. However the BUB streamliner still ran a 323mph this week, not too shabby.

  3. 3 Josh Parker Aug 31st, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Peter. Was there. Disagree. Salt quality is also affected by wind. Ideal conditions would be no more than 1 mph along the run. Looks like less records than last year in major classes. Records on 1 way passes with wind behind you. Not on the return pass. Records are average speed on both runs. I guess Cyril will list the broken records when official.

  4. 4 The Vintagent Aug 31st, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I was there too and can confirm difficult weather, which made a lot of return runs slow if not impossible. The salt was in excellent shape early in the week, and that’s generally when records were set this year, but high winds at 3pm daily shut down racing, and then it rained almighty and returned Lake Bonneville to its original state. Watching the post-record tear downs on a saltwater plains Thursday was painful…it could only have been worse in a sandstorm!

  5. 5 James just another crazy Kiwi Aug 31st, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Hi Cyril,
    you say 3000cc for two engines I thought the capacity for one of those engines is 2300cc ?
    Or was that just two turbos.
    Great to see the Triumph name on Bonneville
    Rather than …

    Good Stuff ..

  6. 6 Trail Boss Sep 1st, 2013 at 7:56 am

    @James, those are two distinct, twin turbo Rocket engines. However, they are short stroked for 3,000cc capacity limit.

  7. 7 nicker Sep 1st, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Cool…. !
    Not as good as being there, but nice to get some pics.
    Thanks for the report Cyril.


  8. 8 James just another crazy Kiwi Sep 2nd, 2013 at 1:58 am

    Thanks Boss, interesting to know.
    Great to see triumph out there again with new technology.
    Watched the Salt ghost last weekend, great story

  9. 9 Aaron Sep 2nd, 2013 at 10:20 am

    To answer Mcfreeak the bike in the bottom photo is a twin engine Yamaha powered by two YZ 80 engines. The bike was built by Super Rat Racing in Bellingham, Washington. It may be shown in the upcoming feature that Brothers Carl and Mark Bjorklund have been working on for the last couple years about Landspeed racing at Bonneville titled Out of Nothing.

  10. 10 X H-D Rider Sep 2nd, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I hope you tell us more on this. Did Laura run that victory did Pete Hill make a run.
    Thank You very much for every thing you give us every day

  11. 11 Micah McCloskey Sep 3rd, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    X H-D,
    Pete Hill made a one way run of around 163mph on Wink Seller’s 132″ S & S X wedge open A-PBG class motorcycle. Wink set the record earlier in the meet @ 178 mph, previously held @ 155mph. The Klock family was there competing also.

  12. 12 Lora Wilkinson Sep 4th, 2013 at 8:18 am


    You forgot one of the most important participants this year, Jody Perewitz. She is the fastest women on an American V-Twin and continues to smash records in Gas and Fuel class. The previous record for the Fuel class was 187, she broke the record at 208!! That is amazing! She currently holds the record in Gas as well at 189. She ran consistent times in Bonneville over 200 miles an hour, that is incredible on a V-Twin. I call her The Record Smasher!!

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