Saturday, August 8, 2009 - Saturday, August 15, 2009
Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, UT

Friday, August 14, 2009

In the end, Barbara was able to set the record at 100.330 mph! Kevin reports that they had such a good time that they're already looking forward to next year's event!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

It appears from the Southern California Timing Assoc. web page that The Freedle Flier, the 250cc R25, has set a new speed of 69.224 mph. This after shattering its own record from last year of 65.599 mph yesterday with a speed of 69.142 mph.

From the same source, we have Bonita Rapida's official record speed is 99.048 mph.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Further news: after two runs today, it appears that Barbara Brooks has set a new record on Bonita Rapida. With a run today of 100.248 mph, along with yesterday's run of 99.52, that should average out to 99.884 mph, breaking last year's record setting run. Technical verification is the last hurdle and there should be more news when the bike is released from impound tomorrow.

The following brief note has appeared on the Brooks Motor Works website:

August 10, 2009. Barbara has just ridden 'Bonita Rapida' 99.52 mph in the first half on the way to a record in the 500cc Production Pushrod Vintage category. The bike is now in impound and she will have to ride at that speed or better tomorrow morning to capture the record.

The current record for the "production - pushrod vintage" class in which Bonita Rapida is entered was set last year by Brooks' crew at 98.5 mph. We are all rooting for them to set another one!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

For the last two years, Kevin Brooks and Brent Hansen have been going to Utah in August to try to break speed records. Last year they did it, with Kevin's 1955 Bonita Rapida R50 not only breaking the existing record for the "Vintage Gas Pushrod" class, but breaking 100mph, too.

Kevin Brooks, left, with Bonita Rapida, last year. He and Brent Hansen, right, hope to break multiple records this year.

This year Kevin is back with the trio of bikes he brought last year. Besides the R50, there's the R25 that also set a record last year with Brent Hansen aboard, and along with them will be a Rennsport replica.

Brent has been working away at his own bike this year, also an R50, that will compete in a modified category.

Blitzschnell, as it stood two weeks ago. Hansen hopes to set a new record in the modified gas pushrod class.

Tech inspections begin tomorrow, August 7th, and actual speed runs begin on Saturday the 8th.

Both men are experienced BMW hands. Kevin runs Brooks Motor Works where he does repair and especially vintage restoration work. Brent is a BMW certified technician and runs Brent's Motor Works where he does repair and restoration for Airhead and Vintage engines.

Brooks' web site has pictures and a link to their YouTube Channel where they hope to upload video of the runs and pit work each day.

We will be updating this story as there is more news to print, so be sure to come back and find out what's going on!