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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Back to the future for French world record breakers with revival of 60's futuristic motorbike in the UK

A French futuristic revived motorbike which will attempt world records as part of Straightliners Events "Top Speed Week" at Pendine Sands. Straightliners will host its usual May speed event in 2016 but this year it will stretch to a week. There will be speed events at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire and Pendine Sands, South Wales both of which have seen many world speed record attempt.. At these events participants and spectators will see some of the most powerful motorbikes and cars in the UK in action. They may even be some weird and wonderful four wheel vehicles including mono wheels and two and four wheel jet vehicles as they all attempt to break British, European and world speed records.

Gilles Pujol and his world record breaking team 'Les Triplettees de Bonneville' from France futuristic looking Zundapp (photo link below) will have its first test run at this event in the UK. The team have worked on the bike for the last eight months designing and building the bike using the latest technology and traditional model building and aerodynamic testing. This motorbike body is based on a 1960s German built Zundapp conventional motorbike which establish many world records. Les Triplettees de Bonneville will also attempt to set a world record for this type of bike at the Straightliners Events meeting at the historic natural speed at Pendine Sands, Wales. In addition they will also bring other unusual electric and conventional motorbikes to the UK for testing and record breaking. They will also be running electric and conventional revivals of equally unusual bikes. Gilles Pujol, 'Les Triplettees de Bonneville' and their amazing bikes have previously broken world records at Bonneville Flats, Utah, USA.

Also at Pendine Guernsey business man Zeff Eisenberg will be riding 
a ZX14 Kawasaki "sand racer". He set a British speed record last year at Pendine for the fastest aspirated bike 1650cc class - 164,6mph over a mile.  Zeff, a 43 year old father of two, and the 'MADMAX Race TEAM' have produced a range of other unique vehicles and bikes, The team is funded based of Zeff's previous business success.

Straighteners will run two courses this year. A long course for the record contenders and a short course for the rider who just want to come for the experience, in fact it will be just like Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah,USA without the very high cost of getting there

While Straightliners make great efforts to have it's events open to all, this event is regulated by the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU). To compete for a national record participants must hold an ACU licence, pass official scrutineering and be a Straighteners Events member. For those not going for records they do not need an ACU licence but they just need to sign up for this event as it is open to all bikes, cars, mono-wheels and three wheelers. Sign up for Straighteners membership here https://www.straightlinersonline.co.uk/membership.html

The dates are as follows:
  • Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire 14th May
  • Pendine Sands, Wales - 21st & 22nd May
Pendine Sands is a seven mile long beach set on the scenic shores of Carmarthen Bay on the south coast of Wales. The village of Pendine is situated near the western end of Pendine Sands.

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Monday, 9 May 2016

Kevin Nicks & 'the fastest shed' in action at the Straightliners Event




Kevin Nicks & 'the fastest shed' will be in action at the Straightliners event at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England 14th May. Here he is in action setting a world record at a similar event last year (video Worldreach) 

The next Straightliners meeting is a top speed event on 14th May at Elvington Airfield. North Yorkshire. Book it here https://www.straightlinersonline.co.uk/events/event/20-speed-week-elvington-records.html

Media enquiries to worldreachpr@gmail.com

Friday, 6 May 2016

Solar tuk tuk travels 1,000s of km overland from India to joint worlds largest electric vehicle rally in Europe

An Indian mans self designed and built solar electric tuk tuk is travelling thousands of kilometres from India to joint the WAVE Trophy electric vehicle (EV) Rally, the worlds largest EV rally, in Europe.  Auto engineer Naveen Rabelli set off from Bangalore with his solar electric creation and he is expected to arrive in Turkey in mid-May. He plans to joint up with the hundreds of electric car enthusiasts from all over the world who will take part in WAVE Trophy EV Rally 2016. The rally will start in Germany and travel over 1,600 kilometres through three countries in central Europe.  
Naveen Rabelli & his solar tuk tuk on road from Shiraz to Isfahan, Iran (photo Naveen Rabelli) 

Naveen's "Tuk Tuk-Tejas", which he designed, built and tested over four years, runs on solar and electricity power and has 0 emissions. Travelling at a pace of around 100 km per day, Naveen plans to complete the 8,800 km to Europe in about 100 days. The object of the adventure is to create awareness of EVs and solar powered vehicles as a sustainable low cost alternative transport solution for tens of millions of people in Asia and beyond.

In 2016 WAVE Trophy starts on June 11th in Bremerhaven (Northern Germany) and travels down to France. The convoy will stop at the United Nations in Geneva and finish near Basel, Switzerland on 18 June 2016. On the way the participants will stop in 60 cities using   the WAVE gathering to raise awareness of green transport and promote sustainable living. It is also an opportunity for participants to enhance their knowledge about electric vehicles, to network and socialise.

The rest of Naveen’s journey will cross Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Austria and Germany where he will meet the WAVE Trophy EV Rally. He hopes his project which will eventually reach London, enhances knowledge about the practical application of solar electric transport. In support of this, Naveen plans to publish a paper to share his experiences and learning online so that people can use the data he is collecting. The goals of this project, which are supported by the WAVE Trophy, is to not only create awareness of alternative mobility solutions for passenger vehicles in Asia and Europe it is also to:

Show the benefits of using a solar electric mobility solution and to demonstrate that they are affordable.
  1. Practically demonstrate a solar electric prototype that is reliable technology
  2. Promote the use of electric vehicles as way to reduce the impact of climate change
  3. To connect with people along the way who are working towards sustainable living solutions.
  4. To showcase an entirely Indian solution to the world.
Louis Palmer, founder of WAVE Trophy, holder of the UN Environmental Programme “Champion of the Earth Award“ for driving two times around the world in solar powered vehicles. He spoke about the partnership with the solar tuk tuk project and said “We are delighted Naveen and his solar tuk tuk are ambassadors for the WAVE Trophy.  We have supported his adventure for a number of years and between us we are showing the world the future of transport.”

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

£350,000 helicopter engined motorbike wants to break own world record

Straightliners will host its usual May speed event in 2016 but this year it will stretch to a week. There will be speed events at Elvington, North Yorkshire and Pendine in South Wales. At these events participants and spectators will see some of the most powerful motorbikes and cars in the UK in action. They may even be some weird and wonderful four wheel vehicles including mono wheels and two and four wheel jet vehicles as they all attempt to break British, European and world speed records.

Zef Eisenberg & his turbine bike in action at Straightliners Events Pendine Sands speed event 2015 (photo Becci Ellis)
Leading the charge at Elvington will be Guernsey business man Zeff Eisenberg on his world record breaking £350,000 helicopter engined MADMAX Turbine motorbike. It is the world's fastest turbine powered motorbike reaching 233.5 mph over a standing mile in May 2015. The reason for this considerable investment is the Rolls Royce turbine, which requires specialist tools, attention, safety and care. Zeff, a 43 year old father of two, and his team took four years to design, build and get to where it can set or break world speed records. As well as the turbine bike the 'MADMAX Race TEAM' has produced a range of other unique vehicles and bikes and their is funded based of Zeff's previous business success. Speaking about the work of the team he said "I get a lot of pleasure out of creating crazy machines that deliver in the real world. We don't make anything just for looks - Vehicles that looks great and deliver results - is our goal!"

Also present at Elvington will the the ubiquitous 'Fastest shed in the world' driven by designer / builder from Oxford Kevin Nicks. You can see Kevin and the shed in action here https://youtu.be/zr5mP_OanOU

While Straightliners make great efforts to have it's events open to all, this event is regulated by the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU). To compete for a national record participants must hold an ACU licence, pass official scrutineering and be a Straighteners Events member. For those not going for records they do not need an ACU licence but they just need to sign up for this event as it is open to all bikes, cars, mono-wheels and three wheelers. Sign up for Straighteners membership here https://www.straightlinersonline.co.uk/membership.html

The dates are as follows:
  • Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire 14th May 
  • Pendine Sands, Wales - 21st & 22nd May
Participant entry fee per day is £150 and an extra machine per day is £50. Discounts are available for multiple day entries. People should go to this link to enter as a participant for any of the Speed Week events https://www.straightlinersonline.co.uk/events/category/64-speed-week.html

Media enquiries to worldreachpr@gmail.com

MADMAX TURBINE STREETFIGHTER MOTORBIKE

· Team MadMax Turbine powered carbon (streetfighter) motorbike fully road legal &
· Road registered
· Rolls Royce Allison C20B Shah Turbine from an Augusta 109 Helicopter providing 540hp/480lb1t@ 6000rpm. Runs on regular Diesel/Xerosene/Jel-A
· Bespoke ECU Motec solution with auto-engine start and power/accessory/sensor controller with digital LCD dash, with DOT LED light headlight and rear lights ·
· Bendix helicopter FCU (fuel control unit)
· Handmade steel form shaped and ceramic coaled with additional heat shield
· Handmade single speed Fl carbon fibre high torque clutch and bevel gearbox specially made to cope with 1000lbft of torque!
· Handmade one off aluminium box frame.
· Handmade one off aluminium box design, with concentric swingarm allowing greater anti-squat to keep the 1ronl wheel down under hard acceleration.
· Marzocchi RAC-SO BSB superbike race forks with one off springs and set up, with one off designed step down CNC triple trees.
· Hand made carbon fibre, with satin finish
· Front wheel & brakes: I 20nO/l 7 BST Carbon wheel and special 6 pot black anodized ISR mono block callipers on twin 320mm discs
· Rear wheel & brakes: Special high torque 240/40/18 BST Carbon wheel and mini 6 pot alloy ISR monoblock on a 320mm disc. Running Conti Race attack custom 240/40/l 8 Race tyres.
· Handmade carbon fibre with satin finish.
· Hand made carbon / Kevlar tank with ballistic bottom covering the turbine, holding 32 litres.
· 233.5 mph over a standing mile – Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England May 2015
· The world's fastest turbine powered motorbike

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

World Motorcycle Wheelie Championship 2016 practice - maybe a rocket vehicle in action!

The official practice for the World Wheelie Championship some travelling at over 200mph is taking place on the 12th. April at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire. In addition there will be some unusual vehicles there - maybe a rocket vehicle in action!

This is taking place for the announcement of Straightliners Events automotive programme for 2016 which has over 40 events across the UK. During the practice, which include top speed motorbikers, participants will be officially timed in case anybody breaks a UK or world record

We will be releasing additional details, photos and video related to the top five of over 40 events Straighteners are organising in 2016.  These are:
  1. The historic natural speedway of Pendine Sands, Wales speed event (21st & 22nd May) which brings out two and four wheel rocket vehicles amongst others attempting world, European and UK speed records. The dates are as follows:
    • Pembrey Sands 17th and 18th May 
    • Pembrey Airport 19th May
    • Pendine Sands (21st & 22nd May)
  2. Ramsey Sprint, Isle of Man (June 5th & 7th) - the only place a non-professional biker can race legally during the famous TT and Manx Grand Prix with classes for all bikes just turn up and enter on the day
  3. Ten of the Best (TOTB) (30th-31st July), is a performance road car event aimed at finding the best all round car and drivers in Europe. Handling (sharp cornering, acceleration and braking), top speed and a 1/4m drag strip are used to determine the best of the best, Ten Of The Best!. Takes place at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire. 
  4. The motorbike Wheelie World Championship (August 20th and 21st.) where the rider that travels the fastest, usually over 200MPH, in the wheelie position for a kilometre is the winner. Takes place at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire. 
  5. Weird and wonderful self designed / built vehicles attempt to establish world, European and UK speed records at the main Top Speed weekend. Rumour has it that a jet power hearse, a motorised portaloo and snowmobile retrofitted for hard surfaces will perform! Takes place Sept. 17th & 18th. Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire.
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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Participants in the WAVE Trophy EV Rally 2016




Some of the great participants in the WAVE Trophy electric vehicle (EV). Hundreds of EV enthusiasts from all over the world will gather in Bremerhaven, Germany for the start of the worlds biggest EV rally for sustainable transport in June. EV teams with travel 1,000 miles / 1,600 km through three countries (Germany, France & Switzerland). Media enquiries to worldreachpr @ gmail.com

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Motorbike Wheelie World Championship 2016 & other unusual automotive events

Here is advanced notice about various motorbike events, including the motorbike Wheelie World Championship

1. Iconic Pendine Sands speed event (21st & 22nd May) which brings out two and four wheel rocket vehicles amongst others attempting world, European and UK speed records. Very telegenic location! Takes place at Pendine Sands, Wales 

2. Ten of the Best (TOTB) (30th-31st July), is a performance road car event aimed at finding the best all round car and drivers in Europe. Handling, top speed and a 1/4m drag strip are used to determine the best of the best, Ten Of The Best!. Takes place at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England

3. The motorbike Wheelie World Championship (August 20th and 21st.) where the rider that travels the fastest, usually over 200MPH, in the wheelie position for a kilometre is the winner. Takes place at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England

4. The Elvington Autumn Mile (Sept. 17th & 18th.). You will also get weird and wonderful self designed / built vehicles attempting to establish world, European and UK speed records. Rumour has it that a jet power hearse, a motorised portaloo and snowmobile retrofitted for hard surfaces will perform! Takes place at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England

Media enquiries to worldreachpr@gmail.com