Because 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.
Because 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.