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Crosswinds curtail speeds at Straightliners 'Top Speed' event at Elvington, North Yorks

A side wind held speeds down on the first day of Straightliners Yorkshire Mile and British National records at Elvington, North Yorks. Having said still three riders achieved personal bests and 8 riders were over the magic 200mph.

Fastest speed of the day was Les Marsh with a credible 241.8mph, the quickest in M-BG -1350

P~BG ~1000
Bob Clegg rode his Kawasaki H2 to 203.1.

P~BG ~1350
After a first run and a bad miss fire problem Steve Bland eventually did 224.7.

Geoff Bland's nitrous GSXR 1000, posted a 180.8

Terry Smith was just shy of 200mph at 197.2

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Lee Woodcock rode his 600 Suzuki to 126.5

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Ken Gilroy built up to a 174.1 late in the day

Zef Eisenberg just pipped Steve Cambers by 1.7mph, both on ZZR1400 Kawasaki S Zefs best 183.77

Triumph Bonneville riding Hugh Brown's best run was 93.9

After years of preparation for top speed events Neil Conway on his 70s Piper Kawasaki achieved a best of 146.3

The Skyteam Ace of Mick Pitfield ran 66.6

Chris Hawkshaw eventually cracked the 120 barrier with a 122.8 on his turbocharged 650 Bonneville twin

Hoping to eventually take the supercharged Honda 125 to Bonneville Stuart Horn and the team have worked hard through the winter. A new personal best was achieved at 85.2mph, 69 the previous best.

The old style supercharged Triumph twin of Martin Wilmott ran113.3 best.

Trevor Duckworth just cracked the 100mph with 100.3 on his Yamaha engined 3 wheeler but it only just made it the engine detonating and stopping just after the finish line.

James Winter on his Taylor Tuned Lambretta full body was quickest on 105.3 ,Eric Cope not quite living up to his recent form.

Thrust driven Streamliner 
Richard Brown brought Jet Reaction for some more development runs his best a 167.5

Turbine wheel powered
Now with a fairing on the Madmax bike Zef Eisenberg best was 218.6.

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James Pratt with his Hot Rod was shy of his best posting 92.6.

Wheelie class
R1 Yamaha mounted Tom Swales managed 142.8 despite the cross wind.

Other riders achieving personal bests were Dazz Rose 203.4 and Marvin Campbell 207.7.

More action tomorrow at Elvington so let's hope for a more favourable wind.

Written by Paul Cumpstone

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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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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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