Posted by: Jessie | September 9, 2009

Racing on the Salt, Last Day


On 9/3 we were back on the salt at sunrise again.  Beautiful sunrise this morning.  We all got lots of good pictures.

Len couldn’t believe that I went 111 when his best time was 107 mph.  He decided he was going to try to up his record.  He made 2 more runs this morning at 107.617 mph and again at 106.043 mph. 

Len and I are racing in different classes.  He is running in Altered partial streamline vintage gas.  Eric and I are running in altered vintage gas.  Altered means we have made changes to the bike.  It has a different seat, different gas tank, the foot controls have been moved to the back of the bike instead of in the middle.  Partial streamline means the bike has a windshield to block the wind.  Streamlined would mean the whole bike was enclosed.  Vintage means the bike is 1955 or older.  Gas means that we are running on high-octane race gas instead of special fuel.

What we’ve figured out is that going fast on the salt depends largely on how you manage wind resistance.  The more frontal area you have the more wind resistance.  The more you can reduce your frontal area the faster you can go.  Some of these steamliners have smaller engines than our bike but go much faster because their low tiny profile punches through the air.  Our big fairing pushes a lot of air.

 

Sunrise over the pits

Sunrise over the pits

 

Sunrise and Len is ready to race

Sunrise and Len is ready to race

 

Greg, Dave, Len and Eric

Greg, Dave, Len and Eric

Len and Dave

Len and Dave

Harley Streamliner

Harley Streamliner

Norton Streamliner

Norton Streamliner

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