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Top 1 Ack Attack: Mike Akatiff, The Man Behind The World’s Fastest Motorcycle

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Top 1 Ack Attack became the world’s fastest motorcycle when it set the Land Speed Record of 376.363 mph/605.697 km/h back in 2010. Although no one has beaten his twin-engined streamliner in the better part of a decade, builder Mike Akatiff is not the type to rest on his laurels. Rather than retiring, he is going after 400 mph on the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in the Andes mountains August 3-8, 2017. Don’t miss the video in the full feature, here.

The World’s Fastest – Land Speed Racing in Bonneville

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The World´s Fastest is a documentary project – a tribute to the vanishing era of internal combustion and fossil fuel racing. It tells the story of a generation of Speedseekers who cherish the smell of gasoline and oil like the very air we breathe; people whose sense of purpose is tied to the creation of record setting vehicles. They are powered by absolute devotion, friendship, and the ambition to win—from the first turn of the wrench all the way to the starting line at Bonneville.

With this film, the director wants to honour their achievments, and take you along for the ride on what may be their last race. You will find more information and a trailer for this ambitious documentary here. They need your financial support and have launched a crowd funding campaign.Check them out if you’re interested.

Valerie Thompson To Compete at Ohio's Throttle Nation Challenge

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Valerie Thompson, owner/driver of Valerie Thompson Racing (VTR), will return to Southern Ohio to attempt breaking her own land speed record of 197.46 mph in the PP-1000 Production motorcycle class posted earlier this year at the East Coast Timing Association’s (ECTA) Ohio Mile event at Airborne Park in Wilmington Ohio during the Throttle Nation Top Speed Challenge event September 29 -30.

 
“We are looking forward to returning to Wilmington for the “Throttle Nation Top Speed Challenge’ with the goal of breaking our own record of 197.46 mph set during the Ohio Mile event held here in June,” said Thompson. “Setting new records in Ohio means a great deal to me since it is the home state of two of my loyal sponsors, CTEK Battery Chargers and JEGS, in addition to being headquarters of the American Motorcycle Association,” added Thompson.

Thompson’s Martech Services Company sponsored S1000 RR Superbike, is reportedly the world’s fastest production land speed BMW motorcycle after recording a top speed of 209.5 mph on a 1.5-mile race course at the Mojave Magnum competition earlier this year.

“Wilmington has become one of my favorite racing venues due to their excellent track surface and the quality of service provided by all the ECTA volunteers who make it possible for us to race safely. I’ve also become a big fan of Graeter’s Ice Cream and Cincinnati style chili, so all of us on the team love returning to Ohio for this event,” said Thompson.

The long-standing competition was re-named the “Ohio Mile” when the event was moved from Maxton North Carolina to Wilmington Ohio when the Airborne Park facility became available earlier this year.

Thompson is a three-time land speed record holder and owner/driver of the Valerie Thompson Land Speed Racing Motorcycle Team. She competed in the All Harley Drag Racing Association & National Hot Rod Association drag racing series and was recently selected to pilot the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger designed to eclipse the 512 mph female world land speed record set in 1976. If successful, Thompson will be crowned the “World’s Fastest Female.”

Valerie Thompson Racing sponsors include: Martech Services Company – maker of quality air breathing systems, CTEK Battery Chargers, JEGS, La-Man Corporation, Troon Enterprises, Stay Fast Custom Clothing Company, GO AZ Motorcycles of Scottsdale, Metro Auto Auction, Vortex Racing, Worldwide Bearings, Stand Up Photos, Hyperpro Performance Suspension Products, Shorai Battery, and ZipFizz Healthy Energy Drink.