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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Motorcycle world speed record attempt near York - 15 & 16 Sept. 2018

A French team will be going for a number of Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) 500cc motorbike land speed world records on a prototype bike at an event near York 15 & 16 Sept. 2018.  This will be on their custom built bike as part of Straightliners Autumn "Top Speed Weekend.  At this event some of the most powerful bikes and other vehicles from around the UK and Europe attempt to break UK and World land speed records. The some of the other top bikes will be hitting the 200mph mark - last year the winner did just over 203mph over a mile flying start. They also do kilometre speeds.  



The team from Normandy is composed of six apprentice engineers, who recently qualified at l'ITII Normandie, and a European motorcycle champion Katy Calmon.  They started their project three years ago and have designed and built this innovative bike form scratch. Its stylish looking fairing and body designed for optimum aerodynamic. There project is supported by more than 40 businesses, individuals and schools. They are specifically aiming to break the 1 kilometre speed record of 103.913 mph / 167.233 km/h.

Straightliners  "Top Speed Weekend" is similar to the famous Bonneville land speed events in the US only lower cost and more convenient for Europeans. It takes place on the 15th and 16th September at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England. Spectator admission is £10 paid at the gate under 16's are free. 
   
While Straightliners make great efforts to have it's events open to all, this event is regulated by the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU). To compete for a national record participants must hold an ACU race licence, pass official scrutineering (safety controls) and be a Straighteners Events member. This event is open to all bikes, cars, mono-wheels and three wheelers. All speed attempts by competitors are electronically timed, recorded and published by the UK Timing Association (UKTA). They can be submitted to the various speed record bodies such as Guinness World Records.

What: Straightliners  "Top Speed Weekend"
When: 15th & 16th September 2018
Where: Elvington Airfield, Halifax Way, Elvington, North Yorkshire, YO41 4AU. 

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