Ian King riding the "Gulf oil Top Fuel Drag Bike" established a new two-way Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme / International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) world record on 18th. September 2016. This took part at Straighteners 'Top Speed weekend fiat Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England. Ian's record was for standing start 1/4 mile in the FIM class "Partially Streamlined 1350cc to 1600CC class". His two way average of 9.5215secs on the 1500hp Puma Engineering bike.
Kimberly Davey Schijven became the first woman rider to complete a kilometre wheelie. Kimberly, from the Netherlands, was so close at the August Wheelie weekend and finally put together a string of successful attempts ending with a best of 153mph.
The 'Gulf Oil Top Fuel Dragbike' is said to be one of the fastest accelerating motorbikes in the world Ian describes as the "fastest motorcycle outside of the USA from a standing start." Speaking bout it Ian also says it will out accelerate most vehicles from a standing start including all Formula One cars and even Thrust SSC and F15 Jet Fighter planes. The 'Gulf Oil Top Fuel Dragbike' is approximately 50% more powerful than a Formula One Car.
Also in action over the weekend are 'funny vehicles going for world speed records'.
- The 'Fastest Shed' in the world driven by Kevin Knicks form Oxfordshire
- 'Silver bullet' high powered sled ridden by Trevor Duckworth the Straightliners top man and 72 year old grandad with 30 UK and world record under his belt
- Monowheel 'Atomic Infinity' ridden by Tom Anabel
- Jet powered shopping trolley driven by McKeown, Portsmouth
These are in addition to a range of conventional high powered bikes and other four wheel vehicles going for UK and world records.
Straightliners s affiliated to the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU) and the International Organisation of Professional Drivers (IOPD). Rider participation including record ratification and timing is administered by to UK Timing Association (UKTA). Both Straightliners and UKTA were set up by renowned motorcycle racer Trevor Duckworth.
Here is some media coverage about this event
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