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Go land speed racer, 2016 edition: Day 1

August 28, 2016
Hattori in tech

Hattori in the tech area (Jaylin Billig photos)

The first day of racing in the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials was a very successful one for Jaylin Billig and her trusty steed Hattori Hanzo. More after the jump.

As you may already know, there’s a lot of waiting in land speed racing. In Jaylin’s case, the wait was rewarded with a 68.6 mph run, six miles per hour faster than her 2014 record run.

“I’m very happy,” she said, her meticulous preparation paying large dividends. As Carroll Smith said in Prepare to win, getting the race car (or bike) completely ready at home, in the garage, always beats thrashing at the track. There were a few very minor problems, mostly with carburetion and electrics, but the big stuff was done before the bike was loaded in the trailer.

Thrashing was what she and a lot of other competitors got from the salt. While the actual race course is okay, the staging and return roads are quite rough… rough enough to cause one of Hattori’s shifter linkage bolts to work loose.

As you may also know, in land speed racing your initial run must be backed up with a return run, the final speed being the average of the two. Officials closed the course before Jaylin could get that return run in, in spite of riders being told at the morning meeting that everyone who got a qualifying run would get a return run. Jaylin must therefore start over Monday morning.

Adele and Fae

As someone observed, that’s racin’. The dogs are having a good time, however.


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