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.
Some more photos of Phil & his Triumph 750 c.c. from Lake Gairdner, Speed Week Down Under 2013. Phil piloted his reverse-head Triumph to 135 mph this year, none too shabby. Hope to see you in August, Phil!
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.
"been waiting getting time to get a fair few little jobs finished off. i never seem to have any time so i took a couple days off work this week to get everything up to where it needs to be to keep me somewhere near on schedule for bonneville.
well, the sun was kinda shining and the rain stopped for a few hours so i dragged the stump puller outside and took a few photos too. heres the fruits of howeverlongs labour. still plenty to do but its at least looking like something now after all this time."