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ORLANDO, FL – The most famous motor-diner on the planet welcomed the world’s fastest motorcyclist during Ace Cafe Orlando’s world debut back in May. Rocky Robinson, three-time motorcycle Land Speed Record holder, was on hand to give the Ace the green flag. What was kept under wraps was the fact that Ace Cafe is joining the quest for 400 mph with Rocky and the TOP 1 ACK ATTACK. The team is headed to the world’s highest salt flat in Bolivia for the Top of the World Landspeed Trial on August 3-8, 2017.
“It is go time,” says Mark McKee, CEO and Chief Gearhead of Ace Cafe North America. “As the home for all who share a passion for speed, thrills and rock ‘n roll, Rocky’s quest for 400 mph on a motorcycle is the perfect place for Ace. We are honored that Rocky is taking us along for the ride!”
“Records are made to be broken – especially Land Speed Records,” said Robinson. “The TOP 1 ACK ATTACK is headed to the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in the Andes mountains and we are going to go faster than 400 mph.” All systems are go for the twin-engine streamliner. “Bolivia has been selected because it has a much longer run up and down of more than 15 miles versus about 7 miles at Bonneville,” he explained to the crowd at the Ace.
The making of a Legend of Speed: On September 3, 2006, Rocky rode the TOP 1 ACK ATTACK to a new motorcycle land-speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats, reaching a top speed of 342.797 mph, a whopping 20 mph faster than the previous record, which had stood since 1991. In 2007 he tried to better his speed, but crashed at speeds in excess of 320 mph and rolled 16 times!
Undaunted, Robinson returned to Bonneville in 2008 and piloted the ACK ATTACK to a second world record of 350.884 mph. On September 25, 2010, for the third time in four years, he set a new world’s record, blasting his own record to oblivion by traveling 376.363 mph.
“Conditions are even better in Bolivia than they were at the Bonneville salt flats,” said Robinson. He has spent the past month training in high elevation in the Colorado Rockies to be ready for the nearly 12,000-foot elevation of the Andes mountains.”
“Our team is honored and humbled to be part of Rocky’s quest for 400 mph,” said McKee. “Let’s rock ‘n roll.”
“TOP 1 ACK ATTACK is ready to rock, but we will skip the roll this time,” joked Robinson. Follow the TOP 1 ACK ATTACK’s the quest for 400 mph at: https://www.facebook.com/t
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About Ace Cafe: Ace Cafe is the most famous motor-diner on the planet. Since 1938, Ace Cafe London has been a mecca for those passionate about cars, bikes and rock ’n roll culture. The original location on London’s North Circular Road began as a simple roadside cafe for truckers, then evolved into a popular destination for rock ‘n roll- loving teens riding motorbikes during the ’50s and ’60s. Today, the Ace has a multi-generational appeal from motorsports enthusiasts from all over the world. Ace Cafe North America holds the exclusive licensee rights in North America and South America for this world-famous brand. Ace Cafe Orlando is the first North American venue for Ace Cafe. For more information, visit www.acecafeusa.com, and connect on Facebook, Twitter @AceCafeOrlando and Instagram @acecafeorlando_official. #GOAceCafeOrlando #AceCafeOrlando #SpeedThrillsTeaSpills
About ACK ATTACK — Built by Mike Akatiff, owner of Ack Technologies, an avionics company, ACK ATTACK is a brilliant piece of engineering. Chief Engineer Akatiff, pilot Rocky Robinson, and team have set the Land Speed Record on three separate occasions, first in 2006 and then breaking their own record in 2008 and 2010 with a current record of 376.363 mph. The 20-foot long streamliner is powered by a pair of turbocharged/intercooled Suzuki Hayabusa engines, producing more than 1000 bhp. The quest to be the world’s fastest motorcycle hasn’t been easy – the ACK ATTACK crashed three times during record runs, in 2004, 2007 (when Rocky rolled 16 times) and 2011 – but with great risks come great rewards: http://top1ackattack.
About TOP 1 Oil — Founded in 1979 by William “Bill” Ryan, the TOP 1 Oil Products Company has traveled a path that has taken the company from startup to now being identified as a premium synthetic lubricant brand. Marketed and distributed globally, TOP 1 has built its brand by developing long-term partnerships and producing the highest quality products. TOP 1 prides itself as being an American brand and being run by the 2nd and 3rd generations of the Ryan Family. For more information, visit www.top1oil.com and connect on Facebook @top1oil, Twitter @top1oilusa, and Instagram @top1oilusa
GAINESVILLE, Florida (March 19, 2017) – The Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines drag racing team dominated the opening round of the 2017 Pro Stock Motorcycle series at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Screamin’ Eagle teammates Ed Krawiec and Andrew Hines tore through the field in Sunday eliminations to meet in an all-Harley final. Krawiec defeated Hines to take the win and the first points lead of the season.
“This weekend put the real potential of these Harley-Davidson drag bikes on display,” said Krawiec, who has now won five times at the Gatornationals, a record for Pro Stock Motorcycle competitors. “We have found a real sweet spot in the tune-up.”
The Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines bikes were quick off the truck at Gainesville, with Krawiec pacing the field in Friday qualifying before being bumped to the number two position on Saturday, with a best elapsed time (ET) of 6.791 seconds. In the third round of qualifying on Saturday Krawiec also tied the national class Top Speed record as his Harley-Davidson drag bike put down a blistering pass at 199.88 mph. Hines qualified fourth with a 6.793-second run.
The crowd for Sunday eliminations included a number of Harley-Davidson fans hosted by Gainesville H-D in the first Ride to the Races program of the season. Krawiec and Hines each scored three wins in elimination rounds to advance to the final. The Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines team worked all day to adjust chassis set-up to accommodate strong winds blowing across the track. Krawiec improved his ET performance in each round and in the final posted the quickest Pro Stock Motorcycle run of the weekend at 6.763 seconds/199.76 mph to defeat Hines (6.802/197.10).
“The run in the final was my straightest pass down the track all day, which is why it was also the quickest,” said Krawiec. “We made a change to the chassis that helped me counter the cross-wind.”
Hines credits performance gains gleaned from off-season dyno work and track testing last week for the strong performance of the Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines bikes at Gainesville.
“Our goal is always an all-Harley final,” said Hines. “Then we can’t lose. This weekend validated the theory we developed for finding more Harley-Davidson power in our off-season engine program. It was very satisfying to see our hard work pan out on the track this weekend.”
Krawiec, a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion, has 37 final-round wins in his career. The Gainesville final was the 45th time Hines and Krawiec have met in an all-Harley elimination round, with Krawiec now holding a 26-to-19 edge over his teammate, including an 11-to-8 head-to-head record in final-round matches.
After one of 16 Pro Stock Motorcycle events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Krawiec leads the class with 120 points. Hines is second with 97 points.
The Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing team will be back in action April 28-30 at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina.
About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.