OT- Vincent on the Salt

From Our Man in the Thick of It:
"Things are starting to get started this morning.
The Vincent liner yesterday on the last pass made a run and clicked the
chutes in the mile, this was intentional. They had 220 mph on data. So they
are now going to make a full attempt under full power this morning."
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J. Kim Siddorn,
Regia Anglorum
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Vincent liner made another pass & went 150 mph, was real late getting parachutes out and stopped off course. Had a problem getting it into second gear. All seems fine now and they will try again tomorrow.
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Kim Siddorn,
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"We are plagued with high winds and gusty winds today and the event is closed. No more runs. There were a few interesting passes with an electric bike going 20 mph.
Vincent liner made a pass at 212 and couldn't run again due to wind."
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Kim Siddorn
Hats off to the man. Having a dose of the wind would be the last of my worries if I was doing 212 mph on a bike! :)
Mark
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Just now home from the salt. Steve Hamel cracked the 150 MPH barrier, putting up a 151+ run. As he was pulling off the course, he heard a strange noise, and it turns out he broke a gudgeon pin. He plans to go back next year with an increase in compression ratio, from his current 14:1 up to 15:1, yes folks, he runs on gasoline. Much work done to the heads allows this, with no detonation. This bike is truly one of the most remarkable Vins I know of. You really need to see and hear this bike in person. I was at the start line to get a video of Steve leaving the line, and even after he was a couple of miles away, the thundering sound of his bike made the starter and the riders waiting to run comment about what a great sounding motor it is.
As for the Vincent Streamliner, with the course as short as it was, a two mile run up to the measured mile, all runs were made with the skids locked in the down position. The first run did destroy the rear wheel, but the liner did not go on its side. Hartmut had quite a ride, trying to control the machine, and did an excellent job. After installing the spare wheel and tire, more shakedown runs were made with the drivers instructed to leave it in first gear. Then, once cleared to go into second gear, a shifting problem was found, and a quick adjustment to the linkage cured that. The next runs saw the chutes deploying on their own, not 'this was intentional' as reported on landracing.com. The trigger mechanisms were a little too sensitive to vibration. This too was soon corrected, and the liner went back out. The next run resulted in a failure of the pulley that provides tension for the blower drive belt. This was corrected, and what turned out to be the last run was made at 212 MPH. We went directly to the start line to make a return run, but the wind started gusting, and the BUB officials called an end to the event.
Despite the problems noted above, the streamliner made all full runs through the timing lights, with no failed starts nor aborted runs. The new clutch and gear drive between the engines worked flawlessly. For the second year in a row, the engines performed superbly and remain intact. The liner has earned the respect of fellow land speed racers, and received comments from a number of speakers at the banquet Thursday night. John Noonan, the new rider of the Ack Attack liner, and the man that went 259 MPH on an open wheeled bike to capture the top time of the meet, said that he knew his position at the top was in serious jeopardy when we were lined up for that return run.
The Vincent Streamliner is for real. It is getting better all the time. Unfortunately, in the world of land speed racing, time is measured in one or two weeks a year when it comes to putting your machine to the test. The refinements made in the last couple of years have resulted in a machine with a very reliable drive train.
SFD
PS: John Noonan set the first open wheeled motorcycle record of two runs over a timed mile averaging over 250 MPH, a milestone achievement.
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Kim Siddorn
Here's three videos of Steve Hemel riding a tuned-up Rapide on the salt. Obviously, the standard go-faster addition for any Rap, a Shadow speedo, worked well. Very evocative, the loneliness of one man and his machine in all that emptiness & the exhaust note is something to hear. BIG files though.
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J. Kim Siddorn, Regia Anglorum
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Kim Siddorn
Ten runs were made. Four by Hartmut. six by Don. All runs made it through the timed mile with no aborted runs.
Timing slips as follows:
Run #1, Hartmut: 116.725 mph Run #2 Don: 171.426 mph Run #3 Hartmut: 150.408 mph Run #4 Don: 179.929 mph Run #5 Hartmut: Lost timing slip Run #6 Don: Lost timing slip Run #7 Hartmut: Lost timing slip Run #8 Don: Lost timing slip Run #9 Don: 142.159 mph Run #10 Don: 212.910 mph ********************************************* All runs were taken to 6000 rpm in low gear which equate to entering the trap on all ten runs at around 220 to 230 mph.
There were no substantial problems with the machine & the double Vincent engines gave no trouble at all. The liner is sitting on the trailer full of fuel and could make a run anytime.
The event was closed a day early due to poor weather conditions - but Mad Max Lambky will be back next year!
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J. Kim Siddorn,
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Lots of pics & mpegs at
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J. Kim Siddorn,
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