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Although the news page has been looking a little neglected over the past few months, thatís not to say that nothing has happened.
It will achieve nothing to go into the details of why and wherefore now, it's water under the bridge, but let's just say that a certain very large sponsor, having secured the rights to use their equipment on the Bluebird Campbell car, together with naming rights, got cold feet when they realised what the ramifications for them would be if their product failed.
about the same time, the Primetime Landspeed Engineering team decided that
they would make their bid for the World Electrically Powered Record in
then turned their sights once again to
as it is, the cancellation of the
all this has been going on, a number of teams have been in contact with us
with a view to running for World Land Speed Records here. Their personnel
who have visited the venues in the
these teams are experienced campaigners that have previously run at
What more need one say?
As none of the teams have made their plans public at this stage, it would not be appropriate for Speedrecord SA to divulge their identity, however when they are ready to 'go public' you can be sure that this site will carry the announcement. So for now it is literally a case of 'Watch this space."
I guess we were all devastated to learn of the disastrous fire at the National Motorcycle Museum, England, last September.
the literally hundreds of motorcycles that were destroyed were several
record breakers of the past. One of these was the Johnny Allen streamliner
of enthusiasts in
I felt that this was a cause well worthy of support by South African Classic Motorcycle enthusiasts - particularly Triumph owners - and those with a respect for the history of two-wheeled record breaking.
To that end, a collection was arranged among the local Old Bike crowd. We were not able to raise a great deal, especially as the national Triumph Owner's Club refused to participate, however between SpeedrecordSA and the Kickstart Club of Port Elizabeth, a small sum was gathered and donated in the name of the latter.
We decided that, as our contribution would be insignificant in the cost of the complete restoration, we would rather express our admiration for what the team was doing by buying them a few beers when the machine finally ran.
The streamliner was completed in a restoration that must rank among one of the most authentic ever undertaken. Not only did they use the original mould for the body shell, but even some of the original tools!
The rebuilt Texas Ceegar ran again at Bonnevile at this year's BUB meeting, exactly 48 years to the day after it had set the record, and The Kickstart Club (together with Speedrecord SA) were pleased to duly foot the bill for the team's celebratory beers.
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