Tuesday, March 11, 2008
"This project & the bike started off being called "Maximum Impulse", however this changed when I was fortunate enough to secure Gillette as Title Sponsor. This World Land Speed Record streamlined motorcycle was designed and built as a pure rocket propelled vehicle. Capable of carrying three hydrogen peroxide hybrid rockets and incorporating many innovations, the Gillette Mach 3 Challenger set an outright British Land speed record at 216.55 mph using just one rocket, & just one year later in 1999 on the greater expanse of the Bonneville Salt Flats I became the fastest ever on two wheels at an average of 332.877 mph with a peak speed of 365 mph still using just two of the available 3 rockets. (The average speed has now been surpassed) With metal wheels and three rockets the bike was clearly capable of its design performance- an official average speed for the flying Mile of well over 400 mph."