Monster Mile Results
Re-Written by Guy Caputo (Excerpts taken from the ECTA Newsletter)
The first meet of
the year for the ECTA went very well and without any real hitches.
Except of course for the rain that fell all day Sunday and part
of Saturday Morning. Unlike the sport of Dragracing, rain does
not cancel an event, it just shortens it. As long as you were
allowed to go down the track, your entry money is spent. Land
Speed Racing does not allow you to ride against a competitor.
Land Speed Racing at Maxton is a 1-mile throttle wide open ride
but without the any of the time keeping that is associated with
dragracing and you are all by yourself on the track. You run
as fast as you can to the finish line at exactly 1 mile. Therefore,
you can start in 4th gear if you wanted to as long as you're
haulin' ass at the finish line. You are trying to best a MPH
class record and if you do so, you become the record holder
for that class. There's no purse monies, no contingency monies,
not even a photograph of your last run across the finish line.
If you break a record, you get an "atta boy" and the
bragging rights to that particular record. There are quite a
few records to be broken and bested so don't worry you won't
find a record to break.
The fastest time of
the March meet went to Rich Yancy aboard his very fast Budweiser
Red Suzuki Hayabusa. Rich set his first record in the SB/F-3001
at a blistering 218MPH. His next run he told me he upped the
boost on his turbo and ran a very impressive 224MPH that set
the class record and the top speed of the meet. Rich, you are
As everyone knows
by now, John Noonan of JE Pistons in Southern California holds
the honors as being the fastest man on a Hayabusa. Recently
at El Mirage Dry Lake in Southern California, just north of
Los Angeles, John set a new Record of 232MPH on the 1.2-mile
Dry lakebed. Word is he went straight and true at 232. Earlier
this last year, John ran an impressive 246MPH at the Land Speed
Nationals held at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Imagine what
John could do with 1 mile of pure concrete traction at his fingertips.
Recently I talked with John about doing the Maxton Monster Mile
and I tried my best to embarrass him why he hasn't gone 250MPH
yet there. Some Land Speed Racers that run both the dirt track
at El Mirage and the Salt track at Bonneville feel that Maxton
is nothing more than a 1-mile dragrace. I guess the argument
could be made to that fact, but Maxton uses the same very stringent
rules as both Bonneville and El Mirage and so what if they have
a traction advantage because of the 8,000ft concrete runway
they use for a track. I say, if your fast on the dirt and salt,
you are probably faster on the concrete, but hey, that's just
George Crim on his
Harley named "Road Kill", set two more records with
his best speed of 153+MPH in the AP/F-1350 CLASS.
A new rider, Thomas
Cronan aboard his Honda 250cc Rebel (Yes, I said 250 Rebel)
running in the M/G-250/4 class, ran an impressive 81+MPH and
this young man is destined for racing faster and faster. The
Honda Rebel even impressed me for it's top speed without any
real aerodynamics to speak of. Outstanding Thomas. Great Job,
Sidney Conn of the
Cooked Goose Racing team was back down with his Moto Guzzi motorcycle
and was able to set a fast 151+MPH on his entry. He bested his
speed by 10MPH, I didn't know a Moto Guzzi could go that fast!
Terry Cruse ran a screaming 144+MPH on his Harley in the MPS/PBG-1650
record, who ever said Harleys couldn't run fast needs to see
these big bad boys first hand for themselves.
Mark Wolniak of Wolniak
Racing ran his 1000cc Suzuki to a blistering 177+MPH on an open
record. Kathy Henry also of Wolniak Racing ran a best speed
of 120+MPH aboard her Harley Sportster. She looked great in
her leathers too. I know, I'm a male chauvinist.
The "Don't be Scared" Racing team with Joe Gaudette
ran in the APS/BG-750/4 class and set the record to 153+MPH
with team member Bergie Frazier, Jr.aboard his ZX12R in the
P/P-1650 class running a respectable 181+MPH for the big Kawasaki.
Yours truly was at
the meet and ready for bear with the Dragbike.com / Maximum
Performance Suzuki Hayabusa. After the rain dried up on Saturday
afternoon and the track was ready for the race vehicles, we
strapped on a Nitrous Bottle and headed for the starting line.
When it was our turn to go down the track, I said my short "God,
take care of me" prayer and I was off. I started down the
track very aggressive in my shifts and was flying when I hit
4th gear and pressed the Nitrous button. The bike made a whirling
noise as the Nitrous flowed to the cylinders and the front end
began to rise off the ground. I shifted into 5th and the front
end began to lower to meet the concrete when all of a sudden,
half way thru 5th gear, the nose of the bike suddenly pushed
forward as if I had lost all my power. I tried to shift into
6th very quickly but without success. I tried repeatedly until
a couple very short seconds later; I was thru the traps at the
finish line. I let off the nitrous button and shut down the
motor while attempting to brake the Maxton Monster from who
knows how fast. It wasn't until after I collected my time ticket
that we realized that we fell short of our goal. We went thru
the traps at 199.982MPH while still in 5th gear and decelerating.
Hell, I could have farted and gone 200+MPH! After figuring out
we melted all 4 sparkplugs into the head, we hung our heads
in disgust and packed it up for Toledo. After returning home
and tearing down the motor, we found that we burned up the exhaust
side of chambers 3 & 4, melted the valves and the seats
and wiped out the pistons and the cylinder walls. Nitrous, it's
beginning to turn ugly at this moment.
We can only surmise that by stealing fuel from the high-pressure
side of the FI system to supply the Nitrous fuel system; we
depleted the output pressure of the FI pump causing us to go
very lean. The 2nd mistake was on the riders part who should
have released the Nitrous button the moment the bike fell on
its face. Oh well, that's racing and we will be back for the
May 24-25 event. I want the coveted 200+MPH green hat and so
far, I am paying dearly for it.
We have since had
the Hayabusa Fuel tank modified with a new (separate) Pingel
high flow fuel valve to accommodate the Nitrous fuel system
while leaving the high pressure Fuel Injection (FI) side alone.
Twin Jugs Racing had
a couple of entries in the hotly contested 250cc push rod class.
Rosemary Pennell brought her Harley Sprint and set the M/PG
250/4 record at 78+MPH. Debbie Heneman had her 1968 Harley Sprint
out for a few shake down cruises. Her entry went 82+MPH on the
second run and we are told should do better next time.
The SNART Racing team
from Asheville, NC was back at it again with their MPS/PG-1000
class entry and rider Lee Trindall took her to a record 128+MPH.
Not bad for the first meet of the year. Don Thigpen was aboard
a SNART Racing/Evo Power Harley at a top speed of 120+MPH. They
are still working out the bugs and should be back again for
better runs in their future.
Scott Guthrie showed up with at least a 7 bike team for the
event opener. Riders Jay Barker and Wayne Pollack both set records
on their team bikes. Jay was able to set 3 new records aboard
his 750cc Suzuki. His fastest pass was 168+MPH in the MPS/F-750
class. Wayne, aboard his GSX1300R Hayabusa using Nitrous and
alcohol injection was able to muster up a 205+MPH run. That
leaves Scott Guthrie, who for the first time in any event know
to man, did not set 1 single record. This man has set over 200
records in various classes and with various vehicles for years
and at this event...NADA!
I must tell you the
truth, Scott was so busy helping his team mates break records
that when he finally got ready to ride his own scoot, the rain
took over the event and he was left out in the cold. That's
The O.F.O.S. team
Ken Weaver, traded in his Harley for a Busa and was able to
wring out a 174+MPH pass.
There were a ton of
other folks who made great rides down the Maxton Monster Mile
track so lets give them a hand for breaking these new records.
|| Scott Guthrie
||Carl's Speed Shop
||Scott Guthrie Racing
||Scott Guthrie Racing
||Scott Guthrie Racing
||Don't be Scared Racing
||Sportster List Race Team
||Sportster List Race Team
||Team Cooked Goose
|| In the Middle Racing
||Twin Jug's Racing
As you are all probably
wondering, what do all those class letters and numbers mean?
Let me just start by saying that if you have a motorcycle of
any size, shape or style, there is a class you can run it in.
Actually to be more correct, there is a record for everyone
to try to break. Here is a sampling of the designations of classes:
||Modified Partial Streamlining
||Special Construction Partial
||Modified Engine: Gasoline
||PushRod Engine: Gasoline
||Vintage Engine: Gasoline
||Unlimited Engine: Gasoline
||Supercharged Engine: Gasoline
||Supercharged PushRod Engine:
||Modified Engine: Fuel
||PushRod Engine: Fuel
||Vintage Engine: Fuel
||Unlimited Engine: Fuel
||Supercharged Engine: Fuel
||Supercharged PushRod Engine:
||Supercharged Vintage Engine:
are shown in Cubic Centimeters, i.e., 50, 100, 125, 175,
250, 350, 500, 650, 750, 1000, 1350, 1650, 2000 and 3000
where permitted and 3001+ and above where permitted.
So, the Dragbike.com
/ Motorcycle Performance Suzuki Hayabusa is designated MPS/F-3000.
Because it has an extended swingarm and a raked front end, it
is a Modified Partial Streamlining Frame Class and entered in
the 3000cc engine class. I could have also entered it in the
1650 and the 2000 classes as well. The motor is 1397cc so it
could not be entered in the 1350 class. The Hayabusa has a ton
of fairing material on it so it is always considered a partial
This type of racing
is not for a cash purse; you don't get plaques or even have
your picture taken at each event. If you break a record, you
get the bragging rights to say you're the fastest in that class.
If you break a record over 200MPH, you get a neat Green hat
and T-shirt that says you're a lifetime member of the 200MPH
club. So far I think that damn hat and t-shirt is going to cost
me around $7,000 after this last motor mishap of mine.
If you ever wondered
what happened to all those Drag racers you haven't heard from
anymore, you will probably find them at the starting line sitting
on their bike waiting for their turn to break a record. I know
it's where I'm going to be during the May 24-25 event.
For more information about Land Speed Trials, go to www.ecta-lsr.com
And check out their website.
Until Next Time, Safe
Racing to All
Guy Caputo can be reached at Guy@Dragbike.com