I was debating whether to write this or not. But I came to the conclusion of what the hell I'll do it anyway. So here goes. As most of you know I have an LSR sidecar. It holds the gas (122.240) and fuel (117.763) records at El Mirage. I built it with the purpose of getting to Bonneville. The records at Bonneville were so pissy (98 gas and 101 fuel) I had to go.
Never having much money is something I've learned to live with so we set off in a 30 year old RV pulling a loaded trailer for an 800+ mile drive. That meant the trip would be a leisurely two day drive. We left Thursday morning and arrived on the salt Friday afternoon.
Got through tech with no problems. The SCTA have a very strict standard for tech and the associated paperwork when running for records at Bonneville. This is one of the reasons their records are recognised worldwide. I thought I had crossed all the Ts and dotted all the Is. I had missed a T or an I somewhere as I would come to find out later.
Joe came up from Arizona and Kenny fom Colorado to crew for me. Having two crewmen made me feel like a real racer. I'm a bit of a one man band and usually I have to club someone, tie them up, drag them out to the start line and only release them if they promise to crew for me.
At Bonneville records are determined by two runs over a measured mile. Not just top speed but an average of your speed over the mile. You start at mile zero and you start the time at mile one. Stop it at mile two and start the time for mile two to mile three. At the 2 1/4 mile mark there are lights to give you your speed at that point. Don't ask why. I don't know.
The first run on the record (98.7) resulted in a mile average of 118+. Woohoo! Off to impound to start the paperwork. Only to find that T I forgot to cross. Shit!! Got to do it all over. Sunday morning on the line. Fire up and take off. Even better. 120.505 for the mile and 125.715 for the 2 1/4!! That is the fastest the sidecar had ever run! Off to impound. Up at 5 a.m. to go to impound to get the sidecar out and up to the line for the return run. The return run was 118+ for the mile and 123+ at the 2 1/4. Back to impound with a big shit eatin' grin on my face. Pull the head. Tech guy measures the engine at 497cc. All nice and legal. Paperwork in order and the record is our!! 119.667 mph.
Normally most people would be happy with one Bonneville record but Joe kept nagging at me to go for the fuel record (101). I sold a welder I had for $300. It was supposed to be gas money to get home. Around four in the afternoon I caved in and we went and did a class change. That was $250 of the gas money gone! We ran about 5:30 and popped off another 118+ for the mile; 124 for the 2 1/4. Back to impound and more paperwork. Up again at 5 a.m., collect the sidecar from impound and out for the return run.
The salt was wet in the morning. As I left the line I fed the clutch in a bit fast and the motor dropped off the megga. pull the clutch, grab a big handful of throttle and feed the clutch. All of a sudden the rear tire lit up! Cool!! But it killed the momentum and the mle speed dropped to 115+ for the mile and 120+ for the 2 1/4. That was OK as the average for the two runs was 117.187 for another new record.
The amazing thing was the sidecar made 5 really strong runs and nothng broke!! Usually I come home with a bag of bits. They say a picture is worth a 1000 words so heres a few photos of the meet.
The happy puppies after the 125.715 run.
One of the best views on this earth.
The early morning wait for the return run.
God rides a Triumph. But wishes it was a Norton.