As CBS 2′s Lou Young reported Friday, Laura Klock is revved up for a high-horsepower adventure. She was fitted for her custom racing machine in Pine Bush ahead of her world record attempt this summer in Utah.
The crew members working on her bike are all local high school students once considered to be at risk for dropping out. Now, they’re fabricating and assembling every part of the machine Klock will trust her life to as part of a program called “Helping With Horsepower.”
“We’re going to take a damaged motorcycle and ultimately rebuild it, almost like some of these kids’ lives,” Pine Bush High School principal Aaron Hopmayer told Young.
The bike they’re building is set to challenge four different records at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
The students said meeting the rider in person has brought the gravity of their work home.
“To know that she’s going to be on the bike, it just sets it a little bit more reality that it’s actually happening,” Pine Bush student Alex DeGroat told Young.
“We’re going to put enough work into this and take pride in it so [we] know for a fact she’ll be safe in it,” added student Mike Russa.
There’s a lot at stake for the finished product.
“You hold your top speed for a mile so it’s a lot of time to think about what you’re doing,” Klock told Young.
Klock has organized bike re-building programs elsewhere, but never before at a school.
The program at Pine Bush was funded through private sponsors. The 20 students will work through the summer finishing up the bike and delivering it in person in Utah for the world record attempt in August.
The bike’s designer, Lloyd Greer, said he dropped out of school as a teen and is helping with the project to help the kids in his town avoid the same mistake.
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The Broken Spoke Saloon, the world’s biggest biker bar, will celebrate its 25th anniversary and the 90th anniversary of Laconia Motorcycle Week, June 8-16, in Laconia N.H. with great music and entertainment.
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A bill to block a U.S. Marine Corps takeover of California's Johnson Valley off-highway vehicle recreation area was approved by the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources on May 15, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.
The bill, H.R. 1676, introduced by Rep. Paul Cook (R-Calif.), now goes to the full House for consideration.
The measure would designate Johnson Valley as a national off-highway vehicle recreation area, protecting it from a takeover, but would authorize limited military use of the area.
Several years ago, the U.S. Department of the Navy began the formal process to take over some 365,906 acres of public land near San Bernardino to use for live-fire training for the Marines.
The move threatens the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Riding area, a long-standing and popular area that is across the San Bernardino Mountains from Los Angeles.
The Navy filed an application with the U.S. Interior Department seeking control of the public land in question, which is now under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The Navy also is seeking to control some 72,186 acres of non-federal land in case one day it is acquired by the federal government.
The land, which equals about 658 square miles, borders the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, and includes a large portion of land in the 189,000-acre Johnson Valley area.
Ultimately, Congress will decide whether the Navy should get control of the land.
One of the world’s fastest females on two wheels makes rookie debut for 61st Anniversary of racing on Southern California’s famed dry lake
Valerie Thompson, 5-time land speed record holder and owner/driver of Valerie Thompson Racing will make her first appearance at the Southern California Timing Association’s (SCTA) El Mirage Speed Trials May 18-19, near Antelope Valley, California.
The SCTA sanctions the world’s fastest speed trials and will be celebrating the 61st anniversary of land speed racing activities at the famed dry lake. El Mirage was a popular destination for hot rodders in the early 1950’s when few sanctioned racetracks were available in the US and is well known as the birthplace of both the SCTA and National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), drag racing’s largest series.
“This will be my first visit to El Mirage and racing on a dry lake bed surface. As an ‘El Mirage rookie,’ the rules are clear that I can only run for ‘time only,’ so I won’t be allowed to race for new speed records until I fulfill all the SCTA competition requirements,” said Thompson. “I’m confident our BMW S 1000 RR will run well due to dramatic performance enhancements we’ve made with BMW Motorrad HP Race Parts and MS Production carbon fiber race bodywork. Since this is a test session of sorts, we look forward to evaluating the performance of our new Avon Tyres on this type of racing surface,” added Thompson.
Thompson earned membership to the ‘Texas Mile 200 MPH Club’ in March with a 1000 cc event record and personal best top speed of 212 mph. She also turned in a strong preliminary performance at the East Coast Timing Association’s Hot Rod Magazine Top Speed Challenge in April before the event was postponed due to weather. Her future plans include racing at both of the SCTA’s land speed trials to be held at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah later this year.
For event details and records, visit http://www.scta-bni.org/.