Although there has been no
news of any attempted speed records in South Africa for some time, this
is not to say that things have stood still. After the unfortunate death
of Johan Jacobs, the scene went rather quiet here, as may be expected.
However the good news is that we appear to be coming out of the doldrums..
In the course of my trip
to the U:K at the end of last year, I met with a number of teams and
individuals from the International record breaking scene, and they all
showed enthusiasm for a new venue here in this Country at which to practice
their sport. As a result, I intend to return to the Northern Cape sites and
conduct certain tests there, in order to quantify the degree of grip that
the surface offers, and report back to them. Such was the interest in some
quarters that at least one team will have a representative here this winter
to look at particularly Verneuk Pan, for themselves.
There is also the possibility
that I may have a crack at record breaking myself.
I have had talks with an overseas
team, which could lead to me being in the hot seat of their streamliner at
Bonneville Salt Flats in August/September.
A lot of things must happen before
this latter event becomes a reality though, not least, a significant amount of
money must be raised, and I must get familiar again with driving a streamlined
projectile where, in order to keep upright and straight, one must employ
counter steering. This is the sort of thing that one does to a certain degree
subconsciously when riding a conventional motorcycle, but in driving a streamliner
where one is strapped inside what is in effect a tight fitting tube, it must become
a conscious action. This runs counter to the way in which one has become accustomed
to riding a conventional motorcycle, and as anyone who has tried it will know, it
is more than a little strange at first and requires absolutely total concentration.
The wheelbase of my intended transport
of delight is rather less than that of 'Motivator', which has been gathering dust in
the workshop for the past four years, and the seating position is more extreme.
Indeed it has been described as like laying in the bath with your toes up the taps,
but not so comfortable!
As a result, 'Motivator' is being
modified such that it will resemble a low-speed - low-tech version of the new
machine in various ways. Look under the 'Motivator' section of this website for
news of these mods as they take place.
In order to finance the proposed trip to
the States, I am selling two of my cherished Classic motorcycles.
Click here for more details.