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Team Maximum Impulse
are currently investigating a number of venues in the
Any potential venue needs to fulfil a number of basic criteria, useable length (not less than 5 miles or 8 km), useable width, and surface type, the ideal surface for a vehicle running on solid metal wheels being a dry lake bed.
their work in the
team has been informed that
The presence of the team, which numbers over 20 people, will enhance the economy of the selected location as they will live in the area during the time period allocated for the bid. Numbers will be increased by the many media personnel wishing to be present to broadcast the story of the attempt live to the rest of the world. The journalists, camera personnel and sound records will enhance the numbers investing in the local community – perhaps threefold.
Before the bid can start and to protect the bike’s wheels the chosen track area used has to be cleared of all foreign objects – known as FOD. Mainly this is expected to be stones and rocks but could be any solid object left on the surface. This process can be labour intensive and the permanent team will need assistance from members of the local population. Marking out the course alignment will require labour and specialist surveyors will be needed to measure the timing distances.
may well be the need for additional local personnel to act as venue
marshals during the attempt to guide people to the correct viewing
locations and to prevent vehicles wandering into dangerous places. The
number of local people used will depend upon the final location and its
relationship to populated areas and access roads & tracks. To protect
the track surface a night time security presence may be hired.
From the experience of
operating in the
anticipation of being in a remote location the team hope to secure support
amounting to over £250 000 (2 750 000 SA Rand) from sponsors wishing to
become involved in a World class event in
It is difficult to
determine the value of the publicity that will arise from an event
marketed as the ‘
a unique World class event there will be publicity for
The period leading up the record attempt is split into a number of phases, each with its own clearly defined tasks and targets.
aim of Phase One is to finalise the selection of a venue. This will
involve ensuring that the venue chosen has a suitable surface and
environmental conditions to allow a successful record attempt to take
place. In order to determine if the surface is suitable, a test vehicle to
evaluate its interaction with the solid metal wheels has been constructed
Phase Two would be focussed on carrying out the necessary preparation of the bike and planning for the record attempt.
Three would take place in the weeks immediately prior to the record
attempt, properly in late May 2003 and would involve the preparation of
the tracks to be used for the attempt and the setting up of the
infrastructure required at the attempt location.
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