202.147mph at Elvington! -
Richard Brown resumed testing with Jet Reaction at Elvington Airfield, Yorkshire on Monday and recorded his fastest speed to date using just 6 seconds of re-
The performance clearly demonstrates the ability to get the job done and plans are already being made for the bike to be shipped over to the United States in readiness for an attempt on the official FIM Two Wheeled Record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in September. With the machine already built and testing underway the costs of sponsorship of the project in completing the mission and setting a new World Record are very modest compared to many other projects at a less advanced stage, if you or your company are interested in being part of a World First then get in touch!
Jet Reaction's performance clearly demonstrates the ability to get the job done and plans are already being made for the bike to be shipped over to the United States in readiness for an attempt on the official FIM Two Wheel Record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in September. With the machine already built and testing underway the costs of sponsorship of the project in completing the mission and setting a new World Record are very modest compared to many other projects at a less advanced stage, if you or your company are interested in being part of a World First then get in touch!
Two Wheels -
Tuesday saw Richard return to Elvington Airfield near York to resume testing with Jet Reaction this time back on two wheels. Whilst conditions were bright, clear and dry the elephant in the room proved once again to be the wind. With gusts mainly down but at times partly across the runway of over 30mph just one low speed pass was attempted and quickly aborted when it became clear that maintaining balance was not going to be possible.
Media interest was once again strong with the The Yorkshire Post including a video report in it's coverage here.
Richard and the team will be back testing on two wheels in the coming weeks/months and in the meantime are continuing with preparations for an attempt on the Outright World Two Wheel Land Speed Record at Bonneville later this year.
Once again we are just weeks away from testing. Richard, the Jet Reaction team and the project's partners are already feeling a growing sense of excitement and a keenness to get the job done this year. The winter months have not been wasted with further tweaks to the afterburner and an enlarged braking parachute to ensure that Richard can push the performance of Jet Reaction and yet still stop safely within the limited confines of the UK tracks available. Fingers are firmly crossed that the weather provides favourable conditions to allow Richard to demonstrate the full potential of his design in pursuit of becoming the fastest man ever on two wheels.
Jet Reaction runs at Pendine! -
The Spring Bank Holiday Weekend saw Richard and the Jet Reaction team journey into Wales for the inaugural Pendine Speed Week event on the famous beach where Malcolm Campbell and Godfrey Parry-
Bonneville Attempt Postponed -
Followers of Land Speed Racing will be aware that track conditions at Bonneville have not been at their best for some years for a number of reasons and frustratingly this year is also looking very poor with the first two meetings already cancelled. Although the salt flats could improve it is thought unlikely and having to ship so many weeks in advance means Richard has to judge the gamble based on current information.
At the moment, therefore, he's made the difficult decision to call a hold on this year's Record attempt just days before Jet Reaction and all the support equipment was to begin it’s trip over to the States. He will continue to consider the options but for the moment this years plans looks like they will end without an attempt by Jet Reaction for the Outright 2 Wheel World Land Speed Record, let's hope for better news in the future!
Richard’s difficult decision to call a halt to Jet Reaction’s world record attempt at Bonneville this year proved to be correct as what should have been an exciting racing season on the famed Salt Flats became a list of cancelled meetings one by one due to the impossible conditions of the salt.
If the Team were to be on the Salt Flats for the Shootout event in September then Jet Reaction and all it’s support equipment would need to be packed and ready to ship in late June. Testing resumed on three wheels in March at Elvington Airfield near York with Richard reaching his fastest speeds to date peaking at 217mph but using the full length of the runway to do so, to hold reheat for longer and go faster still was clearly going to require improved stopping mainly from a custom made larger parachute, something that the limited time available before packing for Bonneville would not allow. (Testing using the same chute as would be used at Bonneville having its obvious merits)
The time had come to return to two wheels for the next Straightliners event in April, however, the UK weather was once again going to be a problem as wind speeds across the runway were soon found to be hazardous.
The next outing was Pendine in Wales, with bright sunshine there was the hope of pushing the speeds ever higher given the planned longer length of track to run on. However, the outgoing tide was to leave the beach heavily rippled on the first day with a significant improvement on day two. With the decision made to complete a low speed run to find the feel of the track Richard discovered that Jet Reaction was yawing around unexpectedly, he described it as feeling like aquaplaning and it was immediately clear that there would be no records that day. A further two runs with a burst of reheat were made but in the knowledge that the shipping container was booked for just a few weeks time there was little point in Richard pushing his luck and risking damage to the machine.
A final opportunity to return to a two wheel test set up was available shortly after Pendine, however the weather forecast was soon pointing to the fact that the four hour drive up to Elvington would be pointless.
Whilst Jet Reaction was being readied and packed into it’s shipping container reports of the poor salt conditions were already coming in and those with experience of Bonneville were not confident that the seven+ miles of good salt needed to take aim at 400mph would ever be available in 2015. With great reluctance the plug was pulled on the project for 2015 and Richard has been looking at the best way forward for the project ever since, suffice to say that the story will continue in 2016!
World Two Wheeled Land Speed Record Challenger