The Top 1 Ackattack will be attempting to set a new FIM land speed record July 12th through the 15th of this year at the Salar De Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia. Although I initially thought the wind on the flats would prevent us from running there I found the weather station at the Uyuni airport, which I was monitoring, does not accurately reflect the wind on the flats. In fact the wind is almost always calm on the flats from May through October the winter months and the annual precipitation between May and October is 0%.
Mike Cook, Frank Ryan from Top 1 Oil and Andre Rodrigues who organized the October 2016 event will travel to Uyuni in mid-March to meet with officials and layout the location of the course of 15 miles with 13 miles being the minimum length we would require.
This will be an FIM sanctioned private event however if there are competitors that are interested in running there we would be open to inviting them to participate. Triumph maybe or open wheel? There has been some interest expressed by several car owners we would have no objection if any cars would like to participate.
Following is our current planning worksheet:
Solar De Uyuni FIM Motorcycle Land Speed Attempt July 12th up to the 17th if needed 2017.
Contact Andreea Ma about shipping to Uyuni
40 foot container ship to Lquique Chile Looks like 19 days Oakland to Lquique Arrange truck to transport container to from port to Uyuni or other location near Uyuni Arrange Customs clearance in Chile and Bolivia
Obtain Carnet for ACK Attack and Carnet for equipment if required
Schaefer Trans Inc.
2121 Rosecrans Ave, suite 3345
El Segundo, CA 90245
Update: Looks like Andreea has arranged for shipment to Lquique and Uyuni no Carnet needed
Ask Andre to begin working with Bolivian authorities on obtaining permission to run on the salt flat in coordination with his event.
Update: Andre has received permission from the authorities to make the attempt at Uyuni
Arrange for a push vehicle that we can attach our push bar mount on for the event
Update: Andre will bring his SUV as a push vehicle.
Find out if we can use our radio repeater and hand held radios Start looking for a licensed surveyor in Uyuni or surrounding area. Arrange for FIM and other officials to attend meet.
Update: Charlie Hennekam is arranging for the FIM and local officials needed for the event.
Update: Drew Gatewood has indicated he would attend as the FIM Technical inspector but need to check with his doctor before going to 12,000 feet. Rex Svoboda is willing to go if Drew can't.
Make arrangements with James and Alan Rice to time the event and equipment we will need to take
Update: Alan Rice will be providing the timing equipment that we will take with us he or James will bring backup equipment when they fly in to time the event.
Find out if we can bring our own fuel (Sunoco SR18) or obtain it from a dealer in Chile
Av.Recoleta 418 interior, Santiago de Chile. Teléfono: 56 9 77744220, firstname.lastname@example.org
Update: Andreea says we will be able to bring our own fuel in the container.
Coordinate with Mike Cook equipment needed to layout and operate track
Course mile markers
Course line making equipment
Radio repeater and handhelds
Jaws of life and other safety equipment
Drag if needed
Early March 2017 Send Frank Ryan,Mike Cook and Andre Rodrigues to Uyuni to Scout location for race track and verify we can have at least 13 miles of good salt Make arrangements for lodging and transportation during event
Decide where the container will be received and make arrangements to move it to the salt
Determine who will provide fire and EMT services at the track
Find someone to provide porta potty’s at track site
See what arrangements can be made to have workers stationed along track. Military? or Police? See if Air force can provide medevac helicopter if needed and how quickly
Find reliable person willing to stay with equipment at the salt at night.
Check to see if we can use our hand held radios and the repeater.
Update: Frank Ryan making travel arrangements for the group.
Update: March 20th is the travel date.
Obtain Visas for all people going all passports must be sent to Bolivian Embassy
Update: Yellow Fever shots needed 10 days before travel
Make air fare arrangements SFO to LaPaz is $750-$800 RT Coach
ACK Attack crew 9-10 people
Rocky 4 people
Mike Cook 1 or 2 people
John or Allan Rice 1 Person
Brian Lecky TBD
Update: Brian is working with Pioneer Productions to produce a documentary program for a major cable broadcaster.
Update: Discovery and History are not commissioning one off documentary programs at this time Brian looking at other options.
Utopia is producing a program for National Geographic and is interested in filming in Bolivia it would be a segment of an hour program in a series.
July 7th Mike Cook and others needed for track prep arrive in Uyuni
July 10th all other crew arrive
July 12th event starts.