Tuesday, 16 May 2017

New World sand speed records were established @ Straighteners Pendine Sands

Straightliners world / British sand speed record event at Pendine Sands, South Wales at the weekend 13th and 14th May 2017.

Record breaker Helen Lincoln Smith gets to the startline  

40 riders and driving were competing over two days and came from all over the UK with teams from France and Holland also. Sand conditions were different each day with soft sand on the first day Saturday 13th May 2017 which meant vehicles were more difficult to steer due to shifting sand. The sand was firm on day two but a crossed wind effected performance. 

Kevin Nicks, Oxford driving his self–designed and built fastest shed in the world establish a world record for the fastest shed on sand reaching 78.965mph.

Tom Anable, Lincolnshire driving his self–designed and built monowheel set a new world record for a monowheel on sand reaching 44.646mph. He already establish a record in 2015 of 43.486mph

Helen Lincoln Smith, York riding a 600cc Honda set a new world record of the fastest woman on sand of 137.093mph

All speeds are from a standing start and over a mile and were timed by the British Timing Association.

Media enquiries to  Here is some media coverage about the event.

Daily Mail online

Gerry Images

Reuters Pictures




UK local newspapers

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Middle East Peace Tour cycling Jordan, Israel & Palestinian Territories for peace

The Middle East Peace Tour (MEPT) cycling Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories for peace. The pre-event was to give riders and journalists a chance to test and get an insight to the 600 km multi-country UCI stage race in the Middle East.

The riders started MEPT pre-event when they met and had a short ride with Jordanian cyclist at the Roman Amithreatre in the centre of Amman. The next day they got a real taste of the MEPT when they cycled 60km through the hot arid but amazing landscape from central Jordan to Petra. They finished near Petra town greeted by local children.

The next part of the Tour the cyclists faced a 65km ride through the dry arid landscape of Negev Desert and the Makhtesh Ramon crater on the way from Eilat to Mitzpe Ramon in Israel. They were joined by Israeli cyclist and Austrian Ambassador to Israel an enthusiastic cyclist Martin Weiss. They finished their ride at the dramatic location 500m up on the craters edge.

The riders finished the Tour with a 55km cycle from Nevi Zohar in Israel to Jericho in the Palestinian Territories where the met officials and cyclist.  They then had a short ride into Jericho with local cyclist.

Along the way the MEPT pre-event participants met cycling federations and other officials from Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Territories. All expressed enthusiastic support for METP and pre-event participants were treated and greeted fantastically by all.

MEPT riders started pre-event with a short ride with Jordanian cyclist at the Roman Amithreatre in the centre of Amman

The inaugural “Middle East Cycling Tour for Peace“ (MEPT) which will travel through Jordan and Israel.  It is recognised by International Cycling Federation / Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)*. MEPT will be the only a seven-day, 600 km multi-country UCI stage race in the Middle East and is hoping to attract riders from across the Middle East. The objective is to have an event which promotes peace through the participation of cyclists from many countries including Israel and the Palestinian Territories. The pre-event will start in Amman Monday (24. April 2017) and finish in Jerusalem  (27 April 2017) with a group of riders taking on different parts of the route.

MEPT will start in Jordan with a stage in the capital Amman.  From there it will travel to the historical city of Petra famous for its rock-cut architecture and then to Aqaba at the Red Sea. After a stage in Taba in Egypt’s Sinai the race heads to Israel with stages in the popular resort Eilat, the unique Mitzpe Ramon crater, Neve Zohar and Jerusalem. In the ultimate stage the riders will travel through the West Bank.

The pre-event tour took place from the 24th – 27th of April 2017 following the exact route the inaugural event will follow in 2018. The organisers in cooperation with the participating governments saw professional cyclists. the media and sponsors to take part and ride part of the route. The pre-event followed the same time schedule and procedure as the planned event itself. 

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See media from the pre-event below


Al Monitor



Sunday, 19 March 2017

Snowmobile aims for 200mph / push-bike 120mph in World record bids at Pendine Sands

It is that time of year for Straightliners annual UK, European and World land speed event at Pendine Sands, Wales in mid-May. At this event participants and spectators will see some of the unusual custom built vehicles and some of the most powerful motorbikes in the UK in action.  There even will be a record breaking push-bike in action.

Snowmobile adapted for hard surfaces and high speed

This year the unusual custom built vehicles include a snowmobile retrofitted to run on hard surfaces and a "budget" 100cc streamliner (tiny) both of which will attempt UK and world record later in the year. The streamliner was built on a budget to show you don't need to spend loads of money or have big engines to break records and have fun. The snowmobile engine and related systems have been completely redesigned and rebuilt. It has already done 120mph so far but the team are aiming for 200mph. 

Dave Taylor and his "Budget" 100cc streamliner 

For a less noise record British push bike speed record holder Neil Campbell will be in action who did 114mph at the same event last year. In his unusual set up of riding behind a car Neil will be going for "motor paced cycle land speed record".  

Straightliners Pendine event is the European version of the iconic Bonneville Salt Flats in the USA speed record meeting but without the very high cost of getting there for Europeans. 
What: Straightliners Pendine land speed records and racing\
When:  From 11am 13th & 14th May 2017
Where: Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire, South Wales.

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Friday, 24 February 2017

600 riders, 20 nationalities - biggest UCI stage race for mountainbikers in the world!

The Belgian Mountainbike Challenge (BeMC) has 600 professional and serious amateur riders from 20 countries taking part. It is the biggest UCI stage race for individual mountainbikers in the world and will see 2016 world world champions participating including Tiago Ferreira, UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Champion and Sally Bigham European Mountain Bike Marathon Champion. The BeMC stands out with a great atmosphere, combined with a tough and demanding course. This makes it one of the most popular mountain bike events in Europe as a result it has doubled in size since it started six years ago.

BeMC is a International Cycling Federation / Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) accredit event and one of the hardest mountainbike races in Europe. As a UCI XCS class 1 status it is one of only four similar races around the world. Over three days, from the 12th to the 14th May, it covers 260 Km / 8,000 altitude metres in La Roche-en-Ardenne, Belgium.

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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

World & Brit speed legend Campbell's death remembered 50 years on with special events

To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of World and British land and water speed record holder Donald Campbell CBE, his daughter Gina Campbell will lay flowers on Coniston Water at site of the fatal crash of his jet powered Bluebird boat.  As this ceremony takes place an RAF fast jet will make a low level past across Coniston Water in the north west of England.

The flower laying will be followed by a brief service of remembrance at the Campbell Memorial and at Coniston Cemetery where Donald Campbell was buried.  In attendance once again will be Gina Campbell. 

Campbell was holder of eight world speed records in the 1950s and 60s in the Bluebird cars and boats. On 4 January 1967 he attempted a water speed record in the Bluebird K7 at Coniston Water with the target of 300 mph (480 km/h). After numerous attempts the Bluebird boat reached a staggering speed of 328 mph (528 km/h) but shortly after executed somersault breaking the craft in two which sunk shortly afterwards.

What:  08.42 am flower laying / 08.49 am RAF flypast / 11am Campbell Memorial wreath laying
Date:  Wednesday 4th January 2017
Location: Coniston Water, Cumbria / Campbell Memorial, Village Green / Coniston Cemetery

This event is organised by the Speed Record Club

Thursday, 15 December 2016

World’s biggest electric vehicle rally to take in 1,600km “Grand Tour of Switzerland”

Details of the world’s biggest electric vehicle (EV) rally, the WAVE Trophy 2017, have just been announced. Hundreds of electric car enthusiasts from all over the world will participate taking on the Alps, mountain passes and the most spectacular sighs of Switzerland.  As well as an adventurous holiday the WAVE Trophy participants will travel around 1,600 kilometers visiting interesting towns, green companies, farms and schools from 9th to the 17th of June. The WAVE Trophy also has a serious goal of raising awareness of green transport and promoting sustainable living. In addition it is an opportunity for participants to enhance their knowledge about electric vehicles, to network and socialise. More than 90 teams have already announced their interest and the maximum number of participant EVs will be limited to 100. Registration officially ends on 15 March 2017.

2017 will see the WAVE Trophy follow the recently launched road trip "Grand Tour of Switzerland". From palm-lined lakeshores to sparkling glaciers, from medieval villages to buzzing cities it packs in an incredible number of sights. What is particularly attractive to EV drivers is that the complete route will have charging stations from Spring 2017. The Grand Tour of Switzerland is said to have the greatest concentration of attractions of a similar distance any where worldwide.  It also has another first - it will be the first official road trip in the world that is EV friendly. The WAVE trophy will support this sustainable transport initiative by offering rental EVs and e-motorbikes and carbon offset to participants travelling long distances to joint the rally.

Following the Grand Tour of Switzerland has lots of advantages for WAVE Trophy participants:
· The daily driving distance will be between 110 and 220 km
· It will be very attractive for people who want to join with their own or a rented e-bike
· It will be very attractive for international teams, as it will be a touristic adventure and worldwide unique experience in absolutely spectacular landscapes!
· There will be no driving on highways, but visiting lots of small attractions and meeting local people along the way
· There will be more time for the teams to spend with each other

Speaking about the 2017 EV Rally Louis Palmer founder and director said "We were particularly attracted to the Grand Tour of Switzerland because participants on previous WAVE Trophy rally’s have found the mountain sections the most interesting and enjoyable.  Also it will be the world's first electrically-navigable road trip. The WAVE Trophy will take place for the 7th time and participants with their electric vehicles and electric bikes are most welcome. Registration officially ends on 15 March 2017, however, more than 90 teams have already announced their interest and the maximum number of participants will be limited to 100. Also international teams are most welcome, and a certain number of electric cars and e-bikes is available for rent for very reasonable prices.

For people interested in participating in the WAVE Trophy 2017 contact us:

For highlights of the Grand Tour of Switzerland go here

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Unique 8,000 mile vintage bi-plane aviation adventure across Africa launched

Vintage bi-planes are travellin 8,000+ mile on a unique aviation adventure across Africa. There are a number of teams from across the world taking part in the 'Vintage Air Rally' (VAR).  It is recreating the pioneering days of flight from the 1920s testing the pilots skills and aircraft to the limit while raising funds for charity. The teams are attempting the crossing of 10 countries in 37 stops and 35 days and joining them will be the bi-plane feature in the 'Out of Africa' movie. .    

Such a large gathering of antique aircraft has never been done before, flown so far across Africa or landed at the Giza pyramids - first time in 50 years!. These 20's era aircraft make for arduous and unique flying and navigation challenges as their open cockpits expose the aircrews to the elements over such a long distance. The biplanes are also functioning at their maximum range for some legs of the journey. In addition the weather, geography & political climate is tseting the pilots and the support crews to the limit.

Pedro Langdon, Canada flies his Travel Air 4000 past Lancing College, Sussex, England in prepartion for the 8,000 mile Vintage Air Rally across Africa 10 Oct 2016 (Photo Worldreach)
Flying low following the contours of the land the pilots are guided by major geographic features such as the River Nile, the Ethiopian Highlands and Victoria Falls. To bring this project to fruition the organisers, Prepare2go*, have been working closely with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). The event is also supported by HM Government’s 'GREAT Britain' campaign who have helped to bring this launch and rally to fruition. While travelling this adventure will be raising funds for UNICEF, Bird Life International and Seed Bombing.

Other human interest points to note:
  1. Participants will be sleeping on the sand by the Nubian pyramids in Sudan, under wing in tents in South Africa, on river boats on the Nile in southern Egypt.
  2. They will be engaging with local schools at many locations that are doing projects and competitions about the Rally. Some competition winners will be taken flying!
  3. Oldest plane is 88 years old, oldest pilot is 72 years old and youngest pilot is 18 years old.
  4. There are two Father and daughter teams, a father and son team, an entire family team, husbands and wives, buddies and solo!
Prepare2go has many years experience of similar events having already successfully flown groups in aircraft, modern and some vintage, on this route eight times in the last seven years. The team is lead by Sam Rutherford who been on trans-Africa trips over 15 times, either in planes, helicopters, or land rovers. He also helped coordinate the G-AAMY flight of solo aviatrix Tracey Curtis-Taylor last year. Sam and the Prepare2Go team specialise in access to remote, sensitive, or seemingly-impossible locations around the world. In support of this he has built a network of reliable contacts across Africa over years of travel and exploration.

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Here are some links to media coverage we achieved:
Daily Telegraph

BBC World Service (audio)


Gulf Times

China Post


Sputnik news (Russian international news service) 

Even Cuba

Egyptian media in Arabic
The Observer newspaper / Guardian website

Channel News Asia


Metro (US)

Yahoo news (US)

Business Insider

Top Aussie new site

eNews Channel Africa pan Africa website

The Australian