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Motorcycle Wheelie World Championship - New world record / winner

The new Motorcycle Wheelie World Champion Egbert Van Popta, Netherlands stunned the crowd with a run at 214.669mph but just dropped the front wheel down between the timing beams for a fail so over 210 mph was looking a distinct possibility. Sure enough Egbert didn't disappoint with 213.309mph to set a new motorcycle wheelie world record. A huge cheer went up from the crowd and Egbert was congratulated on his return to the pits by previous record holder Gary Rothwell from Liverpool. Gary was indeed second quickest on 206.049mph, just shy of his 200.8mph record. Third in the competition, all the way from Minneapolis USA, was Cecil "Bubba" Myers on his third visit to the event. He astonished everyone with a stunning new personal best close to 200mph with a 197mph, his previous a 134.4mph. There were 15 successfully completing a Kilometre wheelie. 
Egbert van Pota winning the Straighteners Motorcycle Wheelie World Championship (photo Phil Evans)
Other performance of note were Tom Swales, Selby. North Yorkshire on a borrowed the ex-Egbert GSXR1100 turbo who achieved a new personal best at 169.206mph. Dave Corrance, from England but living in France, had a new personal best at 166.8mph having been quickest on Saturday on 156.6mph. Dazz Rose from West London achieved his first ever kilo wheelie with a 165.069mph. Probably the most incredible statistic was down to Richard Roche Limerick, Ireland, his best time this year was exactly the same to the 1/1000th at 154.122mph. 
Egbert brought along three other riders for the first time this year, Kees Vogel was straight on the case posting three successful attempts on Saturday and then improving to 129.811mph on his Triumph Daytona 955. Vincent Hoogerwart, yes a commentators nightmare of a name, late on Sunday managed a kilo wheelie at 143.650mph . Unlucky not to be the first female rider to achieve a kilo wheelie was Kimberly Davy Schyven, Netherlands. Her best with the front wheel up through the timing beams was 141.518mph unfortunately Kimberly had dropped the front wheel down at half track for a fail.
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Ambitions achieved, new world record & some personal bests @ Elvington May 'Top Speed' event


Elvington Airfield, North Yorks was the location once again for Straightliners Events / UK Timing Association (UKTA) standing mile top speed event last weekend. Weather on Saturday was affected by a strong sidewind but Sunday was perfect allowing 14 riders to exceed 200mph. Zef Eisenberg set a new Turbine Wheel Powered world record on the Madmax machine. Now fitted with a front fairing Zef was slightly disappointed not to have broken his record by a bigger margin but aerodynamics are probably more complex than Zef and the team thought. His new mark 234.010.

Zef Eisenberg & turbine bike in action (photo Steve McDonald)



Steve Bland, riding his Holeshot tuned turbo Hyabusa, achieved his ambition of a run at 250mph and ended up running 251.744 to take the fastest speed of the weekend. Steve promising the kids a McDonald's on the way home and a bottle of champagne to celebrate. Les Marsh with consistently quick speeds all weekend ended on 248.468.


Wheelie riders

Dodge ran the fastest wheelie of the weekend 153.015 just ahead of Nev Moss with 152.796.


Fastest shed

Kevin Nicks ran the 2.8ltr VW shed at 79.434 down on his world record best.



Jack Frost ran his ZX10R turbo quickest In class at 209.146. There was a new personal best for 69 year old Bob Clegg at 205.630 after altering the gearing on his H2 Kawasaki.



Geoff Bland, Steve dad, was running with nitrous on the GSXR 1000 managing 189.848.



Normally aspirated Hyabusa mounted Terry Smith, last year's fastest at Pendine, put down a best 202.222.



Only running on Saturday Lee Woodcock wound his 600 Suzuki up to 126.546



Ken Gilroy achieved 174.144 on the windy Saturday.



Straightliners drag race regular Michael Austin brought along his ZZR1400 KAWASAKI road bike with the sole intention of a couple of Run What You Brung runs just to get a feel of Top Speed events. He was persuaded,after Saturday, to have a real go in this class on Sunday and the result for Mike, who has a prosthetic left leg, was fastest on 188.843 just edging out Steve Cambers with 188.094.



Hugh Brown rode his Triumph 650 Bonneville to a best 93.967.



After several years of problems for Neil Conways 1970s Piper Kawasaki it all came right with Neil on an impressive 146.352.



Jack Frost, who runs Holeshot racing, was struggling trying out some new all enveloping bodywork on the turbo Busa ,the wind on Saturday not helping the development process. With conditions much better on Sunday Jack managed a 250.772 but suffered with gearshift problems, the bodywork restricting movement on the gear change foot after airshifter problems. Second was Becci Ellis with the newly built BDR Busapaws 2. Mick, Alan and Mark working away in the pits. Becci said her first run would just be a steady run if you can call 194 steady! working up to 231.6. In the same class there were personal bests for Dazz Rose, 203.467 and riding the same bike Kyrssie Chittendon just shy of 200 at195.5.

 Jack Frost in action (photo Phil Evans)



Allen Millyard, he of the many crazy motorcycle creations, brought along another, a 1974 Honda SS50 now fitted with a Kawasaki 250 KXF Motocross engine. Geared for 110 Allen clocked 93.743.



Mike Pitfield ran the Skyteam Ace to a best of 71.677.



Henry Cole was along filming for his tv programme and rode a classic 1963 supercharged 500 Triumph twin. We'll leave it for Henry to reveal his speed on the programme,his last run ending with the blower pulley detaching.



Allen Millyard rode his most famous creation, the V10 8ltr Dodge Viper engined beast. With a dose of brave pills and hanging on for grim death Allen wound the huge machine up to 182.456.


MPS-BG 125

Riding on Saturday only Stuart Horn on the supercharged Honda 125 ran a personal best 85.208.


APS-VBF -500

Martin Wilmott with several decades of sprinting experience brought along another of the old style methanol burning supercharged Triumph twins. Suffering with a persistent misfire he still managed 113.357.



Trevor Duckworth on his lay down three wheeler just cracked the 100mph barrier with 100.033 but only just made it across the mile line as the engine seized.



James Winter on a Charley Edmonds tuned and Eric Cope on a Taylor Tuned 250 full body Lambrettas, utilised the 45hp to good effect with personal bests just 0.285mph apart, James on 106.719 and Eric 106.434. Eric also ran the Frank Osgood Lambretta sprinter to 101.434 although without the dustbin fairing, it was causing handling issues.


Thrust Driven Streamliner

Richard Brown brought along the Jet Reaction for more testing, a new braking system working well fortunately after Richard mistakenly lit the afterburner after the mile mark causing a few sweaty palms. A best of 206.4 being achieved.


Gas Lakster

James Prat drove his Hot Rod based on a pair of 1926 model T Ford chassis rails and a side valve 100E engine, 92.668 his best.


Mono wheel 

Kevin Scott and Tom Anable dueled for honours. Kevin quickest with 62.612 Tom a disappointing 38.082 trying out new gearing.


Another successful meeting with the action moving to the famous Pendine Sands, Wales next weekend 21st / 22nd May.


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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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