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World’s fastest motorcyclists headline

What’s it like to ride in the cockpit of a streamlined motorcycle at more than 367 mph for 30 seconds? What’s it like to work at building the machine capable of such a feat for 30 years?

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce that fans of motorcycling can go straight to the source for the answers to both questions at the 22nd Annual AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Breakfast at Daytona this March 5.

The guests of honor at the fundraising event will be the world’s fastest motorcyclist, Chris Carr, and the builder of the world’s fastest motorcycle, Denis Manning. The current land-speed record holders and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers will be on hand to talk about their feat and answer attendees’ questions.

"There are few achievements in motorcycling that capture our imagination like the absolute motorcycle land-speed record," said Jack Penton, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which raises money for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. "Everyone from a kid on a dirtbike to a retiree who rides cross country on a touring motorcycle can only dream about what it is like to go that fast on two wheels."

"The 2010 Breakfast at Daytona is an incredible opportunity for you to meet Chris and Denis and hear first hand what it takes, and how it feels to be the fastest motorcyclist on the planet. Your attendance at the breakfast also helps to support the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in its mission to preserve the history of motorcycling for all motorcyclists to enjoy."

Chris Carr Speaks…

"Just in the month of November, I’ve gone over 300 mph nine times, and it’s a really amazing thing," Carr said. "There’s not much time to think about what’s going on at those speeds — you’re just reacting. For me, I really love talking about it. It’s fresh. Don’t get me wrong. I love flat track, but I’ve been talking about flat-track for 35 years. Land-speed racing is a whole new experience, and I’ve been lucky that my experiences at Bonneville have been pretty cool of late."

Although the actual run only took a few seconds, the history of the record dates back at least three decades, when Manning began his quest to build the world’s fastest motorcycle.

"People think that this is a lot of work, and it is — it’s been 30 years of effort leading to this point — but it’s not like we mind it," Manning said. "Land-speed racing is something we love, and something that we wouldn’t trade for anything. I may never make the Fortune 500 chasing the world motorcycle land-speed record, but for us, it’s a real passion."

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. 

Tickets are $49 per person prior to Feb. 15 and $55 at the door. For ticket information, call (800) AMA-JOIN and ask for extension 1234. 

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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