Bexhill Biker heads for the States for land speed race

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Andrew SUS-150526-152414001

Bexhill biker Andrew Lewis is to fulfil his long-held dream of taking part in the Bonneville Land Speed Racing event near Salt Lake City, USA, this August.

The 51-year-old computer engineer from Bexhill told the Observer: “I’ve been racing bikes, cars and karts all my life and it has been a dream of mine to race at Bonneville.

“I went there to spectate in 2013 then returned last year with the bike. Unfortunately the event was rained off so I’m going to try again this year.

“The record stands at 136mph and will take some beating, but I am up for the challenge and hope to reach 140mph.”

Andrew will be making his record-breaking attempt on his 1992 Kawasaki KR1-S 250cc two-stroke twin.

The Bonneville Speed Week (Aug 8 – 14) consists of six days of racing, weather permitting, and entrants come from all over the world to participate in the week long event.

The salt flats were first used for motor sports in 1912, but did not become truly popular until the 1930s when Ab Jenkins and Sir Malcolm Campbell competed to set land speed records.

The track is ten to 12 miles long depending on the condition of the salt surface.

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