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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.

Written by Paul Cumpstone.

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