Along with Ian King's FIM World 2 way 1/4mile record set on Saturday there were over the weekend 22 records established and 6 broken over the Flying Kilometre and Standing Start Mile plus 3 records broken in the unusual vehicle's classes. There were also a host of riders and drivers achieving personal goals.
Kimberly Schijven became the world's first "Wheelie Goddess" on Saturday but on Sunday exceeded expectations with a final run at 153mph. Another lady rider, Beverley Burrows riding Ken Dunns ZX12R, came along top speed running for the first time and cracked the 200mph barrier to join that elusive club and also broke the P.AG.1650 flying kilo record. Another to join the 200mph club was Phil Gilson. His smartly turned out Turbo Busa was just shy of the mark on Saturday but with the removal of the mirrors and a more tucked in riding position Phil managed 202mph on Sunday. Birthday boy, Kevin Nicks, birthday present of a nitrous kit came in handy on the world's fastest shed, Kevin setting a new world record at 95.8mph.
Ian king on his FIM world record breaking Gulf Oil Drag Bike. Photo Phil Evans
Matt Mckeown on the Jet Shopping trolley had been doing some mods and was another to break his previous record of 56.19mph ending on 78.98mph. Tom Atom Anable brought along his latest monowheel creation "Infinity Atomic" fitted with a 390 KTM engine. 2 days of getting used to an engine with gears resulting in a new Top Speed of 64.176mph He now needs to do it officaly both ways to get Kevins Record .Andy Swingarm Slade was a happy bunny on Saturday night his laptop wielding wife had at last manager to download the data from the ECU and Andy made good use of it on Sunday to achieve a new personal best at 222mph. Gavin Watson, another first timer to top speed running on his Snailspeed sprint Lambretta, exceeded expectations by going over the expected 108mph with a flying kilo at 110mph and 109mph at the mile.
Chris Hawkshaw and his crew worked away on Saturday to cure a missfire on the "Old Skool meets new tech" 650cc Triumph twin with turbo and fuel injection. Chris seemed to be stuck at 120ish mph but late on Sunday the 130 barrier was cracked with a 131mph through the mile. Riding in the smallest class, 175cc, Simon Howarth stretched the throttle cable on the little CG Honda cracking the 90mph barrier and breaking the record for the class into the bargain.
And right at the close of Play on Sunday afternoon Gary Rothwell broke the Ghost Riders long standing pop up wheelie record with a 217mph wheelie through the timing lights the old record was 214mph
Another slickly run event by the Straightliners crew under the watchful eye of the FIM and ACU. It's not easy running 2 way events with the various distances and all that implies when it comes to making sure the timing equipment is recording the information correctly. Thankfully there was not a single glitch all weekend showing the expertise of the team.
Thanks go to all the crew and helpers plus our magnificent medical guys and girls who once again did us proud. Finally we wish Zef Eisenberg a speedy recovery.
Written by Paul Cumpstone