This is a report about the Straightliners Events British and World record top speed event at Pendine Sands, Wales 21st and 22nd of May 2016. This was the first time that the Bonneville* vehicle classification system was used on sand in the UK and many records were established.
Despite the unpredictable weather of the first day over 40 riders from as far a field as France turned up for action. The range of vehicles stretch from the most up to date powerful motorbikes to a pushbike and many classics and strange hybrids even a bike from the 1930’s was now running electric was in action.
As conditions improved the one mile course was run until lunch break and then extended to 1.5 miles. Terry Smith riding his big bore Hyabusa was once again fastest at the Straightliners event to hang on to his Pendine crown. Terry was fastest at the mile distance at 181.099 breaking his 176 mph record of last year. At the 1.5 mile distance he edged towards 200mph with a run at 194.589 a new record. Others going at the mile were 2nd Kev Kearsley, his first time on the sand, at 174.394 with Zef Eisenberg 3rd on 173.394 and Robert Bean, 164.531, in 4th.
Rider waiting to go at Straightliners Pendine Sands, Wales tope speed & record weekend May 2016 (photo Paul Cumpstone)
At the 1.5mile 2nd to Terry was Zef, ZZR1400 Kawasaki 184.015 3rd Steve Walton, Hybusa, 183.395 and 4th Robert Bean, Spondon Suzuki Turbo, 178.550. An eclectic mix of bikes and classes made up the other runners notable were some of the smaller machines. Anthony Edwards, supercharged Honda 125, managed 86.123. The two BSA Bantam 125s, veterans of Bonneville, went well Karl Meredith 90.542 and Stephen Roberts 91.453.
Competitors line up for action at Straightliners top speed & record event at Pendine Sands, Wales. (Photo Worldreach)
All the way from France on the Majestic electric bike Gilles Pujol did a credible 76.340. The Smallest machine, the Puch Maxi 77cc, managed 63.627 and Honda C90 mounted Tim Martin, all but with 177cc, did 76.135. And finally achieving his aim of cracking the 100mph barrier, one armed Andy Slade achieved 105.632 on his Honda CRF 450 enduro bike.
Official times from the Pendine event are as follows
- Best standing start 1 kilometre speeds at Pendine on Saturday 21st May 2016 https://app.box.com/s/3zmpdmy3r6o9lcrq7sp8fn356h1gt5d2
- Best standing start 1 mile speeds at Pendine on Sunday 22nd May 2016 https://app.box.com/s/8y0umzhkdisei8b4qagxb712076xrffs
- Best standing start 1.5 mile speeds at Pendine on Sunday 22nd May 2016 https://app.box.com/s/nwsv8nz9hrm0rhuhbdo9f3upsppcueat
top speed te & French 'Streamliner HLB at the Straightliners British / World record top speed event at Pendine Sands, Wales 21 May 2016 (photo Worldreach)
Thanks to everyone who took part and hoping for more of the same next year. Next Straightliners event is the Ramsey Sprint th 5th and 7th June on the Isle of man. You can book here https://www.straightlinersonline.co.uk/component/rseventspro/event/36-ramsey-sprint-5th-and-7th-june.html
Written by Paul Cumpstone.