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Go, Land Speed racer: Day 5

August 27, 2014
The Bonneville pit area

The salt was rather soggy on Wednesday (Photos courtesy Jaylin Billig)

No runs today. Jaylin tells this story so much better than I could, and she will do so after the jump.

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Go, Land Speed racer: Day 4

August 26, 2014
Timing slips

Photos courtesy Jaylin Billig

“Best speeding ticket I ever got!”

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Go, Land Speed racer: Day 3

August 25, 2014
Jaylin and Maverick

Jaylin and Maverick are ready to race! (Photos courtesy Jaylin Billig)

As you’ll recall, in our last episode, Jaylin spent pretty much all of Sunday waiting in line. Did she and Maverick get to run Monday?

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Go, Land Speed racer: Days 1 and 2

August 24, 2014

Jaylin Billig

Scooter Land Speed Record holder Jaylin Billig and her two bikes arrived Friday at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah.

If you’re just joining us, Jaylin is looking to set a third consecutive speed record on her Genuine Buddy Blackjack (Maverick), and hopes to set records in two classes on her Honda CL175 (Hattori Hanzo).

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Go, land speed racer, go!

August 22, 2014
Jaylin and Maverick

Photos courtesy Jaylin Billig

If you’re a regular reader, you know that people do indeed race scooters. But something you may not know is that people also set land speed records with them.

One such person is Jaylin Billig of Houston, Texas. She and Maverick, her 2009 Genuine Buddy Blackjack, are preparing to make their third trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, Utah. Yes, the very same Salt Flats people like Craig Breedlove have traveled at mind-boggling speeds in vehicles that more closely resemble jet fighters without wings than cars. Or motorcycles.

Jaylin and a host of others will be spending the next six days making runs up and down the storied salt, a surface she describes as “like riding on wet concrete.”

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Mo’ money mo’ money mo’ money… not

July 29, 2014


The Piaggio Group released its financial report for the first half of 2014 on Monday. In a statement issued at that time, the company said “measures taken to control costs and productivity kept the key profit margins at the same levels as the first half of 2013.” However, a number of factors in key markets pointed sales (and profits) downward.

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Number 9… number 9…

July 27, 2014

The morning ride from Zuanich Point Park is about to leave (Orin O’Neill photos)

If it’s the fourth weekend in July, most folks in these parts know that means time for Hamster Run in Bellingham. This one was the ninth edition.

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