Two Australian motorcycle riders claimed 82 new national speed records on Sunday (4 Feb) after three days of trials on the salt flats of Lake Le Froy in Western Australia.
GV Camp on trial course
SV Hindle rides out for first test run
SV Technicians watch (2 shots)
GV Hindle passes on first run for record
LV Hindle past for second run
SV Timekeeper on radio
SV Hidle back to base and congratulated
Initials ES. 1650 ES. 1700
SPORT: MOTOR CYCLING
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Background: Two Australian motorcycle riders claimed 82 new national speed records on Sunday (4 Feb) after three days of trials on the salt flats of Lake Le Froy in Western Australia.
The two riders are Brian Hindle and Brian Collins, both experienced and highly regarded speed riders.
When the two men began their attempts to make a clean sweep of the record book, the air temperature on the 40-mile wide lake was 140 degrees only half an hour after dawn. Hindle claimed 58 new records on 125 cc, 250 cc, 350 cc Yamaha machines. Brian Collins rode a 50 cc mini-bike, he's already claiming records in the 50 cc 75 cc and 100 cc class with a new top speed of 61,49 MPH.
The main interest was in Hindle's bid to take the outright Australian land speed cycle record, and also an attempt to break the 150 MPH mark. He did. He made one run of 151.108 MPH, but a headwind stopped him just short of 150 MPH on his return run. He broke the previous best time by Jack Forrest on a BMW in 1957. Hindle is also claiming new times for every existing record from 125 to 750 cc on his 350 cc machine.
SYNOPSIS: Lake Le Froy in the barren desert wasteland of Western Australia...and temperatures at dawn were already nudging 140 degrees when two of Australia's top motor cyclists made their final assault on the national land speed record for motor-cycles on Sunday.
Brian Hindle, who's Australia's best known road racer, set out on the 40 mile-wide salt flats on a 350-cc Yamaha chasing the outright Australian Land Speed record for motor-cycles, and with it, the 150-MPH barrier.
On the first run, Hindle was timed at 151-point-108 miles an hour, though he needed the same return speed to set his own record. He nearly did it, but a headwind kept him just under 150 miles an hour on the return run. Nevertheless, he did break the 150 miles-an-hour barrier, and he did set a new Australian land speed record of 150-point-3 miles an hour. He also claimed a bag full of motor-cycle records for times he made on machines ranging in power from 125 to 750 cc. Between Hindle and team-mate Brian Collins, the two claimed 82 new records.