Salty Dawg!Posted: January 13, 2012
The God of Speed seems to have it decreed that I will not go very, very fast in a straight line for a considerable distance any time soon. I’ve been trying to make it to the Maxton Mile for two years now. Something always happened to prevent me from going. Now, the Maxton Mile is no more, they moved the entire operation elsewhere. I would have to go about 600 miles to Wilmington, OH to get my linear acceleration on.
ECTA‘s very first race at the Ohio Mile is slated for the weekend of Aril 28-29, 2012.
Then the entire idea of turning laps at Miller near Salt Lake City, UT brought another item on my Bucket List back into focus: Bonneville. Should I not waste the gas money in my anorexic racing budget on something a little more in line with my dream, the actual item on my Bucket List? Pulling a Burt Munro on the Salt. Not that I would have a chance to set any sort of record in any eligible class, or even come close. The only things Burt Munro and I have in common: I am old, I am spending my life savings, and I, too, wrench a little on my own stuff.
It would be victory enough to go and do it and come home to blog about it without having to conclude a paragraph with the words: “…and that’s how I wrecked my shit”.
To hell with setting records, I just want that elusive 200-mph sticker to slap on my bike! That would be enough for this girl! Not that I could do it anyway, not realistically. I haven’t the money to upgrade my bike to get past a theoretical 196. Even if I starved myself for a month… but there’s always the fantasy of the stars aligning just right and a decent tail wind to propel me towards my dreams…
The World of Speed week at the Bonneville Salt Flats is held September 8-11, 2012.