Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Oh Man!

Manx Team smashes Land-Speed record!


Star light, star bright,
The first star I see tonight;
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight

And their wish was granted - with a little effort on their part too!



Dream Machine

Yesterday a little bit of history was made when a team from the Isle of Man  smashed the World land-speed record out on the romantically named Bonneville salt flats in Utah on a 500cc Manxman. It sounds like a dream and apparently felt like it too...

Mr Barks, the man who actually rode the winning ride, said:

"It's been tremendous really and a bit like a dream. The whole team has pulled together to make this happen."
"We completed our runs in the mornings because it is really hot out here and the bike runs better in the cooler temperatures."

The Isle of Man Lonan Gentlemen's Fellowship team beat the previous record which was unbeaten since 1973 for a 500cc special construction partial streamlined blown fuel machine, with an amazing 188.73mph - this topped the record by a brilliant 12mph.

Salt of the Earth

There are five members of the team - the reigning British sprint champion Paul Hodgson, Bob Watson, Stu Harvey and Suzy Starlite (hence cheesy rhyme in the intro), and the rider Richard Barks. The actual run which broke the record was set by Richard Barks on the team's 500 Manxman in a Suzuki Hayabusa frame.  Their top speed so far has been an amazing 191mph and they are still working on achieving 200mph by the end of the week out on the red hot salt flats. Best of luck to them with that one and won't all that salt be handy if they fancy some chips!

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