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400+mph ‘jet bike’, 'Fastest Shed' & turbine bike speed test at Elvington Airfield

400+mph Jet Reaction ‘jetbike’ speed tests at Elvington Airfield, North Yorks as part of Straighteners Events top speed meeting on Saturday 15th May. If conditions are right and the jetbike is performing well it may break British land speed record.  The speed tests are in preparation for a world land speed record attempt at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA which may reach 400mph.  

Richard Brown & Jet Reaction ‘jetbike’ (photo Worldreach)

Enclosed in a space age body the vehicle is uniquely propelled by a specially modified helicopter engine complete with an afterburner! Richard Brown (51), an Oxfordshire based in engineer, conceived and built a vehicle. In 1999 Richard rode his rocket powered creation Mach 3 Challenger to an officially recorded speed of 332.887mph, the fastest speed at that time.  This happened at Bonneville Salt Flats also and previous to that Richard designed and built another vehicle so he has a long history in this area.  All of this has been self-financed for the most part with the support of an expert group of volunteers. 


Zeff Eisenberg and his 'MADMAX' Turbine motorbike (photo Becci Ellis)

Guernsey business man Zeff Eisenberg on his world record breaking £350,000 helicopter engined 'MADMAX' Turbine motorbike. The reason for this considerable investment is the Rolls Royce turbine, which require specialist tools, attention, safety and care. Zeff, a 43 year old father of two, and his team took four years to design, build and get to where it can set or break world speed records. As well as the turbine bike the 'MADMAX Race TEAM' has produced a range of other unique vehicles and bikes and their is funded based of Zeff's previous business success. Speaking about the work of the team he said "I get a lot of pleasure out of creating crazy machines that deliver in the real world. We don't make anything just for looks - Vehicles that looks great and deliver results - is our goal!"

Kevin Kicks & Fastest shed (photo Steve McDonald)
Also present at Elvington will the the ubiquitous 'Fastest shed in the world' driven by designer / builder from Oxford Kevin Nicks. 
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Two drivers achieve new personal best times at Spitfire Raceway

Despite a strong side wind at the Straightliners event at Spitfire Raceway, Perranporth, Cornwall the warm weather brought out a good turnout of spectators, car clubs and competitors.

Up to 1600CC
It was a battle for top honours between father and son, Colin and CJ Matthews. sharing the 1380cc Leyland Mini it was CJ who pipped dad to top honours in the class with a 14.21sec run to Colin's 14.37secs.

Up to 2000CC
First of the drivers with a new personal best, and achieving his stated aim of getting a run under 12secs, Francis Gillett, driving his turbo Focus engined Westfield, posted an 11.97sec run to take home the class trophy. Francis also picked up the West Country Vehicle Movements Trophy trophy for Fastest Rear Wheel Drive car.

Bikes getting ready for action down the strip at Straightliners Events Spitfire Raceway meet (photo Paul Cumpstone)

Over 2000CC

Knocking on the door of a 10sec run Jamie White, driving his Subaru Impreza, was 1.2secs quicker than the runner up in the class taking home the trophy, of which his gran will be very proud, for a run of 11.06secs also achieving the fastest 60 foot of the day at 1.76secs.

Spitfire street bike
Mark Smith, running with a new steering damper on his ZZR1400 Kawasaki, knocked .34 of a second off his previous best Spitfire Raceway time running a 10.15 secs to head off home with the West Country Rider Training trophy. Mike Gray was second just pipping Darren Cole by 1/100th of a second, 10.64 to a 10.65 .

Modified street bike
Trophies again supplied by Vince Hill at West Country Rider Training of Plymouth. It was once again 1/100th of a second splitting first and second in class. Kevin Booth on his ZX12R Kawasaki 10.60secs to Tim Hinton,s 10.61secs riding his Turbo GSXR Suzuki.

Spitfire front wheel drive
The second driver with a new personal best, Chris Priddle, with his Robert Cox Engineering built 16valve engined VW Caddy, went across the quarter to post a 12.86sec to win the class. Much modified but still street legal Chris trundled past us on his way home along the A30! Thanks for the thumbs up!

Spitfire street muscle
John Gaisford beat brother Chris to top honours driving his Chevy Corvette with a best of 13.60secs

Spitfire vintage dragster
Nice to see the older cars still being run in anger. Treve Flamank drove his Wilys Coupe, running 7.6 litres of American V8, to an interesting ride, Spitfire Raceway has a bumpy surface, 13.85secs being respectable.

Spitfire competition bike
Riding his Suzuki GSXR 1000 Richard Lee bagged the trophy with an 11.19sec best run.

Trophy for Best Of Show was awarded to David Bond and last but by no means least trophy for Best Club Stand was won by 50th Degree

Thanks to one and all hope you had an enjoyable day.

The next Straightliners event at Spitfire Raceway, Cornwall is the 16th of July. The next Straightliners meeting is a top speed event on 14th May at Elvington Airfield. North Yorkshire. Book it here https://www.straightlinersonline.co.uk/events/event/20-speed-week-elvington-records.html

Written by Paul Cumpstone.

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Usual Bank Holiday weather doesn't dampen the action at York Raceway 

It was the usual close fought racing at Straightliners Events meeting at York Raceway, North Yorkshire with only one spell of rain delaying proceedings.

It was the battling BMW  with Maxine Taylor initially holding top spot until late in the day Steve Howe sneaked in with a 9.61 to take the win, Maxine a mere 4/100ths astray

Michael Austin, riding his ZZR1400 road his usual ZX12R with cylinder head problems, ran a near perfect 10.11 to take home the trophy with new to drag racing this year, Ashley Smith second

It was the usual suspects fighting for 100ths of a second in this tight fought class. John Hawkins managed to bank a good run on Sunday that saw him hang on to take the class with a 11.13. 2nd and 3rd were split by the usual 100th, Dave Grundy grabbing 2nd from Phil Gilson ,11.25 to 11.26

Birthday boy Kyle Trowell, at his first drag race meeting, got the hang of drag racing with ever improving runs just shy of a 12sec run. Stuart Grant did manage to drop into the 12s a 12.82 winning the class.

Joe Mallabone bagged the junior trophy with a record breaking time of 16.35 pushed all the way Levi Baber. Olivia made good progress with her new geared Suzuki posting her best time so far.

Top Bike
Phil Wood, had to work on Monday, put in his only runs on Sunday winning Top Bike with an 8.79 after one or two out of shape runs. Phil also stamped a new mark on the NSA Superstreet class with a record breaking 8.93, the previous record 9.04.

So another good round thanks to everyone.

Next event in the Championship is on 21st May (2 days) at Santa Pod Raceway, Northamptonshire. Book it here https://www.straightlinersonline.co.uk/events/event/14-santa-pod-round-5-2-days.html

The next Straightliners meeting is a top speed event on 14th May at Elvington Airfield. North Yorkshire.  Book it here https://www.straightlinersonline.co.uk/events/event/20-speed-week-elvington-records.html

Written by Paul Cumpstone.

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Favourable conditions at York Raceway see records tumble

First day of Straightliners Events racing at York Raceway, North Yorkshire saw three records broken.

Lambretta Record
Awesome Eric Cope, riding Daryl Taylor's 'Taylor Tuned' full bodied Lambretta  twice broke the scooter record initially with a 12.94secs at 100mph then lowering it further with a stunning 12.81secs at 102mph, that from a street legal scooter.

Junior Record
Next to fall was the junior record. First event out on his Aprilla RS125 Joe Mallabone, son of Craig,quickly got the hang of the two stroke eventually breaking the record with a 16.35secs, the previous record was 16.42.

NSA Class 14A 125cc road legal 

Last record of the day to fall and Alan Tannion turned in a 15.43sec at 83mph to break the record by a tenth of a second on his Cagiva

Other Classes

  • Topping the rest of the classes at the end of day one.
  • Top bike Phil Wood
  • 9.10 Steve Howe
  • 10.1 Michael Austin
  • 11.1 John Hawkins
  • 12.1 Kyle Trowell
  • 13.1 and 14.1 Gavin Watson
  • Top scooter Eric Cope


  • 400 Racing, 750 Racing 750 Road Legal and 125 Road Legal Alan Tinnion
  • 1000 Road Legal Andy Grantham and over 1000 Michael Austin.

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Straightliners May speed event adds extra day this year at Pendine Sands & Elvington

Straightliners will host its usual May speed event in 2016 but this year's event has an extra day. Much of it will happen at the historic beach based natural speedway of Pendine Sands, Wales which has seen many world speed record attempts. There will also be a speed event at Elvington, North Yorkshire. At these events participants and spectators will see some of the most powerful motorbikes and cars in the UK in action.  They may even be some weird and wonderful four wheel vehicles including mono wheels and two and four wheel jet vehicles as they all attempt to break British, European and "world speed records".

Pendine Sands action from last years event (photo Becci Ellis)

Straightliners will run two courses this year. A long course for the record contenders and a short course for the rider who just want to come for the experience, in fact it will be just like Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah,USA without the very high cost of getting there.

While Straightliners make great efforts to have it's events open to all, this event is regulated by the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU). To compete for a national record participants must hold an ACU licence, pass official scrutineering and be a Straightliners Events member. For those not going for records they do not need an ACU licence but they just need to sign up for this event as it is open to all bikes, cars, mono-wheels and three wheelers. Sign up for Straightliners membership here https://www.straightlinersonline.co.uk/membership.html

The dates are as follows:
1. Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire 14th May - book it here https://straightlinersonline.co.uk/events/event/23-speed-week-pendine-sands.html
2. Pendine Sands, Wales - 21st & 22nd May - book it here https://straightlinersonline.co.uk/events/event/20-speed-week-elvington-records.html

Pendine Sands is a seven mile long beach set on the scenic shores of Carmarthen Bay on the south coast of Wales.  The village of Pendine is situated near the western end of Pendine Sands.

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Personal bests the order of the Dakota Raceway

With the unexpected sun shining on the Straightliners event, at Dakota Raceway,  Smeatharpe, Devon, it was ripe for some personal best times to be posted. 

Up to 1600cc
Stephen Chadwick, with the latest version of the VW Polo1.4, at his first attempt took the honours with a personal best time of 13.78 at 99mph just missing out on the ton.

Up to 2000cc
Francis Gillette and his Focus ST turbo engined Westfield, went 2 positions better than previous to take home the trophy. Again another personal best at 12.17sec and 115mph.

Over 2000cc
Shane Ludgate once again held the No 1 slot in this category driving his rapid Subaru Impreza. Dipping into the elevens for the first time with a 11.99sec run at 116mph. 

Dakota street bike
The trophies for this class came courtesy of WEST COUNTRY RIDER TRAINING. 
Winning, with a time just a tenth shy of his best, was Mark Smith, 9.69secs at 141mph.

Dakota front wheel drive
Chris Priddle spent the day burning out before each run to lay some rubber on track for better traction. It certainly worked wonders with Chris taking the class win with a personal best 12.94secs at 102mph, his first under 13sec run. 

Dakota muscle car
It was nice to see David Cooper along with the 1963 Ford Consul. Running 8 litres of American V8 under the bonnet he posted the quickest time of the day, 11.40secs at 131mph,to add another trophy to the shelf.

Dakota competition car
Jeffrey Way pedalled his 454cu in Chevy Camaro to a new class record with his 12.16sec run at 123 mph eclipsing the old record by 0.5 of a second. 

Special mention must go to one of our women competitors, who on her first drag race meeting, put in the most runs during the day, 41 runs. Well done Natasha Trinder with an impressive 15.10sec at 89 mph second to last run of the day. 

Sign up for our next 'Championship' event at York Drag / Raceway next weekend May 1st and 2nd here https://straightlinersonline.co.uk/events/event/12-york-dragway-round-4-2-days.html

Written by Paul Cumpstone 24th April 2016 

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Disabled riders take two class wins at Lancaster Raceway. 

Two of our disabled riders took class honours at Lancaster Raceway, East Kirkby, on Sunday the 17th of April. Michael Austin, last year's 10.10 class winner, took another trophy home after posting the fastest time in his class. Michael had struggled with machine problems eventually ran a 10.16 sec.

Chris Graily, making his debut with Straightliners this year and showing remarkable consistency, went home with trophy for the 11.10 class with a 11.13. Both Michael and Chris have prosthetic left legs. Michael uses a push button gearshift on his Kawasaki while Chris has his gear lever transferred to the right foot. 

Top speed disabled riders. 
Over the years several riders with disabilities have taken to Elvingtons runway 26 for top speed runs. Riders who have done well include the fastest one armed rider. Shane Wogan ,who has a prosthetic right arm, holding that record at 230+ mph. Shane has all the controls on the left handlebar, throttle, clutch and front brake. 

Breaking the magic 200mph barrier.  
Another rider to achieve great things last year was Andy "Swingarm" Slade . It was his ambition to crack the 200mph barrier. Andy, who has a missing left arm at the shoulder , rides with just his right arm.
After a year riding a Ducati to get up to speed eventually cracked the magic 200 riding his Suzuki Hyabusa Turbo. 

National Association of Bikers & Straightliners
The National Association of Bikers (NABD) with Disabilities, actively encourage riders to get back on their bikes with grants available to modify their machines. Over the years many NABD riders have taken part in Straightliners Events. Straightliners actively encourage and help disabled riders to achieve their ambitions, even blind riders and drivers to break records. 

Anybody who wishes to have a go at motorcycle sport don't be afraid to contact Straightliners. We can be contacted via Straightliners Facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/StraightlinersNewsChannel/ or Trevor Duckworth https://straightlinersonline.co.uk/contact-us/managing-director.html on phone 07971 172210

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A great day at Lancaster Raceway as 124 competitor's take part

A great day at Lancaster Raceway, East Kirkby and a total of 124 competitor's taking part. Of those we had 50 riders from the MCN Live ride out from Butlins taking part, trophies for the top three going to David Kisby, Paul Milton and Karl Vella who were separated by just 3/100ths of a second.

 (Photo Paul Cumpstone)

Of the 13 scooters taking part Glen Husselbee won the 16.10 class, Dom Shurety the 15.10 class Russell Shea the 14.10 class and Eric Cope 13.10. Top scooter and new class record went to Adam Chaplin with a stunning 12.17sec at 103 mph breaking the previous record by. 55 of a second on the twist and go Gilera Runner. Stuart Grant took the trophy for the 12.10 class, an impressive performance by Chris Graily earned him the trophy for 11.10 class, Michael Austin taking 10.10 after sorting some machine problems and Wayne Bradley the 9.10 class, his 9.25sec run earning him the fastest time of the day trophy as well.


Phil Wood was winner of Top Bike despite struggling with machine maladies. Young Levi Baber was mightily impressive on the Genspeed junior machine taking a new junior record running a 16.56 to break the record by 2 tenths and that after a quick engine change after the end snapped off the crank!!He also ran a new personal best at 16.33 to win the NSA junior class. Of the NSA classes Rob Maltby won Racing 50, Ron Phillips racing 125, Adrian Sanders racing 250 Colin Fallows racing 400.


It was nice to see John Hobbs out on his Olympus machine taking 500 racing before destroying the motor with a monumental blow up showering the track with bits of crank and crankcase. John Fawcett was victorious in 750 racing and Dave Clee 1000 racing Phil Wood the winner of unlimited racing . Dick Craven with his brace of Vincents taking both the 500 vintage and unlimited vintage post, 46.Tony Bracey rode his pre 46 Vellocette 250 to take 350 vintage. An usually reliable day was had by Paul Priestley on the Lambretta had him take home the scooter trophy, Tony Johnson classic non jap up to 500, Les Bellamy classic jap up to 500 and finally Trevor Smedley classic jap over 500. 


With a spectator crowd of just over 300 including the MCN Live contingent this was one of the best turnouts at Lancaster Raceway. Thanks to all who attended and hope to see you again.


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Rain did not stop entirely, Motorcycle Wheelie World Championship preparation event.

Rain did not stop entirely, Tuesdays (12 April 2016) Motorcycle Wheelie World Championship preparation event. The intention of the day was to have an official practice with all participants timed which would be consider as qualifying criteria for the event. Unfortunately the weather did not co-operate at Elvington Airfield. North Yorkshire, England but a few hardy souls got out in spite of the conditions and did their thing for the media.

(Photo courtsey of David Dunning, Minster FM)

This was taking place for the announcement of Straightliners automotive programme for 2016 which has over 40 events across the UK. The top five of over 40 events Straightliners are organised in 2016.  These are:

1. The historic natural speedway of Pendine Sands, Wales speed event (21st & 22nd May) which brings out two and four wheel rocket vehicles amongst others attempting world, European and UK speed records. 

2. Ramsey Sprint, Isle of Man (June 5th & 7th) - the only place a non-professional biker can race legally during the famous TT and Manx Grand Prix with classes for all bikes just turn up and enter on the day.

3. Ten of the Best (TOTB) (30th-31st July), is a performance road car event aimed at finding the best all round car and drivers in Europe. Handling (sharp cornering, acceleration and braking), top speed and a 1/4m drag strip are used to determine the best of the best, Ten Of The Best!. Takes place at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire.

4. The Motorbike World Wheelie and Top Speed Championships (August 20th and 21st.) where the rider that travels the fastest, usually over 200MPH, in the wheelie position for a kilometre is the winner. Also riders aiming for 250 MPH+. Takes place at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire.

5. Weird and wonderful self designed / built vehicles attempt to establish world, European and UK speed records at the main Top Speed Weekend. Rumour has it that a jet power hearse, a motorised portaloo and snowmobile retrofitted for hard surfaces will perform! Takes place Sept. 17th & 18th. Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire.

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Ten of the Best (TOTB) - one of the UK's top performance road car event

Ten of the Best (TOTB), is a performance road car event run by Straightliners, aimed at finding the best all round car club and drivers in Europe. Handling, top speed and a 1/4m drag strip are used to determine the best of the best, Ten Of The Best!

Drag strip racing is a standing start event over a quarter mile (1320 feet, 402 m). It allows three factors to affect the outcome of the race: reaction time, torque, and traction. Vehicles and motorcycles start their burn-outs to clean and heat up their tyres to improve traction. There is a set of lights known as a 'Christmas Tree' that counts down to the start. There is also a return road for the vehicles to return from the end of the track to the pit area.

All cars that compete in our main road competition class are road legal, taxed, tested and insured. There is also a new "pro-drag class" for the ultimate drag specific cars. Many of the cars that compete at TOTB are modified, some to the extreme. Many of the entrants have built and modified their own vehicles, while others represent the cream of the crop from the tuners and garages that specialise in the types of cars entered to compete.

Points are awarded in each of the three disciplines overall, making it extremely difficult to score points in all disciplines, unless the car and driver are on top form!

The Pro-Drag class will have its own shootout final and trophy, with regular head to head runs during the event.

Individual classes are also used to determine class trophies:
1. FWD (front wheel drive)
2. RWD (rear wheel drive)
3. 4WD (four wheel drive)
4. Pro Drag

The teams who take part are also battling it out for the TOTB team Trophy, a highly contested piece of silverware. Book here https://www.straightlinersonline.co.uk/events/category/61-ten-of-the-best-see-shop-for-spectator-tickets.html
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On the back wheel for a kilometre at 190mph+ the goal of motorcycle wheelie world champions

Riding on the back wheel for a kilometre at over 190mph for a kilometre is the goal of motorcycles bidding to be the wheelie world champion. This can be seen over and over again at the 11th World Wheelie Championship set to take place on August 20th and 21st. Up to 30 top competitors from the USA, UK, France, Holland and Ireland will be competing for the world title. Success depends on exclusively the rider’s high-level skill, which is used to control the speed and balance of the motorcycle. This is no mean feat as some of these retro fitted machines are the most powerful in the world.

Gary Rothwell winner of the World Wheelie Championship 2015 (photo Andy Menzies) 

Thousands of spectators are expected at the motorcycle World Wheelie Championship. The participants will ride very powerful customised motorbikes with some rated at 450 horsepower if turbo charged viewed by thousands of spectators. The winner and world record holder will be the fastest to complete a kilometre in the wheelie position. Success depends on the rider’s high level skill to control the speed and balance of the motorcycle as no electronic or mechanical aids can be used. 

The World Wheelie Championship is organised by Straightliners and takes place at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England. Straightliners is affiliated to the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU) and the International Organisation of Professional Drivers (IOPD). Rider participation including record ratification and timing is administered by to UK Timing Association (UKTA). 

Book this event here https://www.straightlinersonline.co.uk/events/event/17-wheelie-top-speed-weekend.html

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