Leslie Porterfield, one of the fastest women motorcyclists in the world, has an unusual perspective on speed. That experience, along with her outgoing personality, makes Porterfield a natural choice for interviewing the world’s fastest motorcyclists, Chris Carr and Denis Manning, at the 22nd Annual AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Breakfast at Daytona this March 5, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.
Leslie Porterfield Speaks…
"Land-speed racing is one of the most exciting and pure types of motorcycling competition, and right now, Chris and Denis occupy the pinnacle of the sport," Porterfield said. "I’m thrilled for the opportunity to sit on the stage with both of them and help the audience get the inside scoop on their record run — as well as how much faster they think they can go. Of course, it’s even better that we are able to support the important mission of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum."
Held on the Friday following the second race of the AMA Pro Flat Track doubleheader at the new DAYTONA Flat Track facility where Carr will begin his 26th year of competition in that discipline, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Breakfast at Daytona will be from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, 100 North Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 32118.
Porterfield is no stranger to the Bonneville Salt Flats. Indeed, she is one of the most accomplished women in land-speed racing. In 2008, she set the land-speed record of 232 mph in the 2,000cc Turbocharged class and a 1,000cc Production class record at 192 mph. Also that year, she was named the AMA Racing Female Athlete of the Year. At the 2009 International Speed Trials by BUB, she returned to claim the Top Speed of the Meet award, with a 240 mph pass.
Carr and Manning, both members of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, teamed up in 2006 to chase one of motorcycling’s most coveted titles: the world’s fastest. They captured their first crown together that year, going 350.884 mph. They were surpassed by Rocky Robinson and Mike Akatiff, who went 360.193 mph in 2008. In 2009, Carr and Manning reclaimed the crown, logging 367.382 mph through the measured mile.
The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Breakfast at Daytona will be a unique opportunity to see all three land-speed racing stars on one stage discussing one of motorcycling’s most exciting sports.
Tickets are $49 per person and $55 at the door. For ticket information, call (800) AMA-JOIN, ext. 1234. Tickets can also be purchased online at AmericanMotorcyclist.com and MotorcycleMuseum.org.