World Finals is coming up October 1st at Bonneville, and with some luck and plenty of time and elbow grease this bike should be ready to run, complete with new sidecar. And hopefully my dual engine Triumph, Double Vision, will also be ready to race again, having just set two records at Speed Week 2013. Stay tuned.
I have been working many of my evenings lately on getting Double Vision, my dual-engine 1955 Triumph, and Poison Ivy, my single-engine 1955 Triumph, rebuilt and race-ready for SCTA Bonneville Speed Week 2013. August is coming up quick. Both bikes have been totally disassembled, many components modified, rebuilt, or beefed up, and all 3 motors have had modifications. Double Vision is going together for the final time as soon as the heads get back on the motors, Poison Ivy is getting built up to fit the new sidecar and then torn back down for powder coat before final assembly.
These beauties just showed up in the mail, for Double Vision. An upgrade on carburetor technology with the end goal being more speed. Custom manifold comes next, among other things, stay tuned. - Tyler
Breaking news, this just in: Bill Anderson has finished preparing his world record holding land speed sidecar motorcycle 'Screwball' for the 2013 El Mirage and Bonneville race season. New bodywork and sidecar aim to smash previous bests. Despite a lot of safety wire, some still say they worry about Bill having a screw loose, but we Redliners have top confidence in our compatriot.
Another photo from some Australian friends we met in 2010 at Bonneville, this photo of Mal Hewett and his Vincent, having just set a new 152 mph A/PG 1350cc record at Lake Gairdner, Australia Speed Week. Mal & crew came out in 2010 and smoked a couple of 1350cc vintage records by almost 40 mph (!!!), with a 160.078 mph record in the MPS-VG 1350 cc class.
Just received this photo from Ric of him and our friend Phill (with the beard) from Perth, Australia at Lake Gairdner during Speedweek Down Under. Phill picked up some extra speed on his reverse-head 1966 Triumph T120 Bonneville (slightly modified of course) at 134.62 mph!
Bill raced the Screwball at El Mirage in October, but the race report he sent me got lost in cyberspace.. Here it is, results from his meet last month.
It was a cool day unlike most of the days at El Mirage. The wind was from the south west. A touch of tail wind is always welcome. At the start it was a cross/tail wind at about 45 deg. About 3/4 of a mile out it turned to a cross wind. It caused a few delays and one lakester to crash severely. Fortunately the driver escaped with some broken ribs and a collapsed lung. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital and is making a full recovery.
The lakebed was amazing! For the past five years or so it has been absolute crap. Like running on potato chips and it would deteriorate quickly. The small amount of rain we got in Sept. seemed to have done wonders for the surface. I was running on Len Jones' 650 SC/PG record of 120.105 mph. I was hoping for 120-122. I dropped the gearing lightly as El Mirage is 1.3 miles compared to Bonneville's 2 or 3 miles. I also leaned it a tad. I was still nervous about the cylinder wall thickness after boring it way out. But it ran great at Bonneville.
The sidecar ran amazing and smooth. Through the lights, slow, turn out and stop. The roving patrol came over to make sure everything was OK and asked how the lakebed was. I told him and asked how I ran. He radioed the tower and I nearly fell over when the voice on the radio said 130.224 mph!!!
This weekend is the final meet of the year. I've made a few changes. I had to fit a new rear tire because I went over 130. The tire was H rated so I had to change to V rated. The new tire is about 1"- 1-1/4" taller and the circumference is 1" more that what was on there. I've made some gearing changes to compensate and l leaned it a tad more. Fingers crossed.