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The Story of MOTORCYCLE LAND SPEED RECORD COMPETITION

STREAMLINERS

The Story of MOTORCYCLE LAND SPEED RECORD COMPETITION
A Call for Motorcycles for this New Exhibition
The great Vincent tuner Rollie Free taught us that in Land Speed Record runs, streamlining is of the utmost importance even if that means simply “tucking in” one’s head, torso, arms and legs. Land Speed Record competition is focused on top speed. Eclipsing Rollie’s roughly 150mph run in 1948, unlimited class big guns are now knocking on the 400mph door. But watching the 50cc machines can be almost as exciting.
To help you learn the history of Land Speed Record competition, the technology involved, what it is like to squeeze into a land speed record motorcycle and hurtle down the salt at 200, 300 or more miles per hour, the National Motorcycle Museum is in the research and planning phase for a new exhibit entitled Allstate Motorcycle STREAMLINERS presented by J&P Cycles. The exhibit is set to open June 4, 2016.

The machines pictured are among many already committed for display, but the Museum is looking for additional LSR bikes, riding gear, film footage, models, photos, fine art, stories from tuners and riders and land speed record parts like engines, wheels, frames and more to help tell this exciting story. These items would be on loan for the exhibit, returned afterward.

Bikes recently confirmed for the show include Salt Ghost from Lowbrow Customs, the Rick Vesco Yamaha twin XS650 powered streamliner, Tina, a Vincent single from the Big Sid and Matthew Biberman collection, the World’s Fastest Bagger from Klock Werks Kustom Cycles, the J&P Cycles Streamliner, the Bakker Motorsports Hyabusa sidecar rig, an un-faired pre-unit supercharged Triumph, plus interesting Howard Allen Knuckle and Panhead Harleys. A machine powered by a pre-War Plymouth  flathead six-cylinder engine, Monster, and Tramp III from the S&S Cycle Museum are also expected to be part of the exhibit. And there are more land speed record bikes coming on line.

The STREAMLINERS exhibit will be curated by John Stein, expert on straight line motorcycle competition and author of two books; WORLD’S FASTEST MOTORCYCLE and MOTORCYCLE DRAG RACING; A HISTORY. 
If you have Land Speed Record bikes, items to loan or a story to tell you can be included in this one year exhibit running from June 2016 to May 2017. Please contact us at mmederski@nationalmcmuseum.org, or call 614-551-0960.
We appreciate the support of our sponsors, Allstate Motorcycle Insurance and J&P Cycles. And we wish Allstate Motorcycle HAPPY ANNIVERSARY; as of this year Allstate has been insuring motorcycles for 50 years!
Make plans to see this exhibit during the National Motorcycle Museum’s June 4 Vintage Rally 2016 event or any time through May 2017 when the 12 month temporary Allstate Motorcycle STREAMLINERS exhibit presented by J&P Cycles will be dismantled.unnamed(1)
unnamed(1) unnamed(2) unnamed(3) “The Salt Ghost” will be on loan from Lowbrow Customs, Brunswick, Ohio. This Triumph 650 has a long history on the salt, and the patina and trophies to prove it.”
unnamed(4)The Vesco family is well known for their two- and four-wheeled land speed record work. This Rick Vesco dual XS650 Yamaha powered LSR machine will be part of the STREAMLINERS exhibit.
unnamed(5)Vintage dual carb Harley-Davidson Knucklehead powered LSR bike on loan for display by Lou Fisher.
unnamed(6)Shaded from the powerful Utah sun, the J&P Cycles streamliner in the pits for some tech work.
unnamed(7)The record setting Bakker Motorsports machine. Larry Coleman piloted this Suzuki Hyabusa-based sidecar class machine to set records.
unnamed(8)Looking closely, you can spot the Roots-style supercharger above the transmission on this 500 Triumph painted by Von Dutch. On loan from Lou Fisher, the Triumph will be in the upcoming STREAMLINERS exhibition.
unnamed(9)Laura and Brian Klock of Klockwerks Kustom Cycles. Klock Werks Kustom Cycles built this machine which set records in 2006, 2007 and 2008 when piloted by Laura Klock.
unnamed(10)Howard Allen ran this Panhead-powered LSR bike back in the day.

2015 AMA Land Speed Grand Championship at Bonneville Salt Falts to be held Aug. 29-Sept. 3

June 8, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact: James Holter

Note to editors: Click here to download an image from the 2014 AMA Land Speed Grand Championship (credit: Horst Rosler): www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Libraries/Racing_Images/Bonneville2014.sflb.ashx

2015 AMA Land Speed Grand Championship at Bonneville Salt Flats to be held Aug. 29-Sept. 3

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — For many motorcyclists, outright speed is king. On Aug. 29Sept. 3 at the world famous Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah, the fastest motorcyclists will compete at the 2015 AMA Land Speed Grand Championship to set national and world records.

“Few sports are as connected to one location as land-speed racing is to Bonneville,” said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “The name itself evokes an otherworldly sense of achievement — and that is what our racers strive for every year. Not only are they racing against others in their class for AMA National No. 1 plates, they are competing against the best of all time for a name in the record books.”

The Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials, the AMA Land Speed Grand Championship, is the premier motorcycle land-speed racing event in the world. This AMA-sanctioned event, which also includes Fédération Internationale de Motocylisme recognition, offers competitors the opportunity to clinch AMA national and FIM world records aboard machines from 50cc mini-bikes to 3,000cc motorcycles.

“We’re honored to host such a prestigious event,” said event manager Delvene Manning. “Bonneville is always an exciting challenge, not just for the racers, but for the organizers. For us, it’s a welcomed opportunity to run an event in a truly unique environment, where so much is on the line.”

Competitors will have the opportunity to ride the following courses (length subject to change based on conditions), based on their machines:

  • Basic course: 3-mile total run (a 1-mile approach, 1-mile timed, and 1-mile shut down)
  • Intermediate course: 5-mile total run (2-mile approach, 1-mile timed, and 2-mile shut down)
  • Long course: 8-mile total run (up to 3.5-mile approach, 1-mile timed and up to 3.5-mile shut down)
Contenders in a variety of classes will attempt to secure the absolute world record. However, Bonneville is known for offering a range of classes for participants. In addition to state-of-the-art, custom-built streamliners, numerous entrants will compete in a number of less-sophisticated categories that allow racers to strive for glory on the famed Bonneville Salt Flats.

Entry information, a detailed schedule, rules, classes and existing records are available at www.BonnevilleSpeedTrials.com.

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

Different Strokes

Adam Farris builds custom mopeds and parts out of a shop called O’Malley’s Speed n Kustom in Richmond, Virginia. He sent us pics of his recent scoot and we had to share. It’s the embodiment of the runt of the litter stepping up to the bully and spitting in his face! Take that, big guy!
Here’s what Adam has to say about it:
“This is a kustom chopper I have been working on for a bit. It started life as a plain Batavus moped. I swapped the engine out for a Minarelli v1 with an 80cc Polini kit, 20mm carb and racing pipe. I cut the neck, stretched it out and hand fabbed the twisted springer forks. I made the hardtail struts, and added day of the dead fabric for the seat. For the tank, I used Lil Roths Freakin Fuscia metal flake, and had Michael’s Sign Company do the lettering and pin stripping.”
“It was a fun psychedelic chopper build, and hope you dig it!”

O’Malleys Speed n KustomRichmond, VA

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