My name is Lars. I am a Danish Dane who lives in Denmark.
The Salt got me!
I all happened so quickly.
I 'got in contact with this guy on a internet forum, called Rocky
who was planning to run an INDIAN powered
Land Speed Record Streamliner named the DREAMCATCHER:CLICK
..at the BUB Speed Trails
Turns out he knows a guy here in Denmark that deals in
Indian parts, that happens to be a friend of a friend of mine
and one of the guys on his team is a friend of another
friend of mine here in Denmark. Talk about a small world!
Sort of, off hand, I tell Rocky that if he needs any help
to get his machine ready on the flats, I'd be happy to help
and WOW; he guy invites me to join the team !??!!!
It surely ain't every day that I get invited to
come join a team of guys with a dream
of setting a Land Speed Record in an Indian engined stream-liner
Off cause I tried to get it out of my head,
but I wasn't really sucessful with that.
So it all happened SO fast;
a few days of thinking and .... f-it...I'm going
got a few days off work,
bougth a ticket from Copenhagen to Chicago
and on to Salt Lake City, jumped in a rental car
and drove to Bonneville Salt Flats
A bunch of guys from all over the United States of Motorcycling
drove to the flats and a bike-builder, Chris, flew in from the UK
all to help Rocky's dream come through.
Here they are: (yours truely 'arrowed' and Rocky in the front)
Let me tell you; from the bottom of my heart;
those guys are THE coolest guys
you can possible imagine. Period.
One of the guys (standing (shirt-less) next to me) named 'Krusty'
opened his house in nearby Wendover
and let everyone stay in his house and in his backyard
drinking his coffee, using his bathroom
generally mess up the place for the entire period and
WHAT a guy!
Within 5 minutes of arriving I was put to work,
fixing the wiring and the parachute release mechanism
and all the other stuff.
It was a pleasure and an honour working with these guys.
Imagine 10-12 guys working at the same time, on and around the bike,
and no one ever raised their voice, complained, made any fuss,
...no sir; everyone just got down to business;
getting this thing ready, working from dusk till dawn
for 4 days straight
Looks like the guys are taking a rest:
Rocky (on the left) working the engine:
Bonnevile IS a magical place:
Yours truly trying hard to pretend it'sall about him:
Stuff to fix:
WHAT a contraption
Lyle who was supposed to pilot
the darn thing tryes it out for size.
He's got a LOT of balls !!!...to want to do that.
Krusty working on the engine
Well, wel, well; we didn't pass tech-inspection but everyone took that in great style;
there's next year...right?!
Hell; I never had so much fun with my clothes on before.
A magical place, and working with a bunch
of the coolest guys that I had never meet before in my life.
I even got to ride an INDIAN with foot clutch,
ignition timing in the left handle, and jockey-shift,
at full speed across the Bonneville Salt Flats (outside the tracks)
Stuff that dreams are made of.
My head is still trying to get in this whole thing!
.....and wooops: rigth after I got home the voices in my head (couldn't help it)
told me to buy a frame and an Indian engine.
Unless something goes really wrong, you'll see me on that thing next year on the Salt.
It's not like "..I want
to go there next year.."
nope: I have to
Here it is in first mock-up form:
Probably run it in the BUB 500 A-PBF class.
I hope I get the rules straight:
500 = 500cc ( wasn't there some rule regarding side-valve engines cc (running in a 'lower' class)
) ..can't seam to find it.A
= this frame is a "Special Construction"
( it's a brand new frame that sort of mates two different Indian frame types)P
= Pushrod / B = supercharged (yep; I do like superchargers) / F = Fuel
as to run with some sort of methanol-mx to keep the engine cool.
I have about 10 bikes (oops: make that eleven) from a BSA pre-unit Cafe Racer that's almost ready,
over a 1979 six-cylinder Honda CBX 1000
to a Supercharged 1977 Honda GL1000 Goldwing (60" Magnacharger + Weber carb)
...all of which I have rebuild myself.
...can't wait to post silly questions.
Thanks for having me!