AMA Event News
It’s a 20-foot-long, twin-engined, fully streamlined blue bullet that recently set the outright motorcycle land speed record of more than 376 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. And now it’s coming to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Concours d’Elegance in Las Vegas, Saturday, Nov. 20, as part of the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa.
The impressive Top 1 Oil Ack Attack streamliner, built by designer Mike Akatiff and piloted by racer Rocky Robinson, eclipsed the previous record by 8 mph in September, notching a two-way average speed on the table-flat Salt Flats of 376.363 mph. With motive force coming from a pair of turbocharged and intercooled Suzuki Hayabusa motors, the motorcycle is a one-of-a-kind engineering marvel that few get to see up close.
Spectators at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Concours d’Elegance, however, can appreciate this machine along with dozens of other rare and impeccably restored motorcycles that represent the finest examples of their breeds in the country.
The Concours takes place on day two of the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend at the Red Rock in Las Vegas, which features the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday evening, Nov. 19, and the AMA Racing Championship Banquet, presented by World of Powersports on Saturday, Nov. 20. Akatiff and Robinson will be honored for their accomplishment at the noontime racing awards gala.
Tom White (coordinating the gathering of world-class motorcycles) says: "Land-speed racing is the stuff of which legends are made, so it’s just amazing to have the machine that just set the outright world’s record on display at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Concours d’Elegance. To think that people will be able to stand just a few feet from a machine that went, at one point in the run, more than half the speed of sound — that’s just incredible! A chance like this doesn’t come along very often."
Akatiff has twice held the motorcycle land-speed record before regaining it a third time in September.
Mike Akatiff says: "We’re happy to be a part of the weekend and the Concours. We get a real kick out of seeing all the Hall of Famers and the other motorcycles, and we hope people enjoy seeing our motorcycle, as well."
Entry to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Concours d’Elegance, which starts at 9:30 a.m., is granted with a $10 donation to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.
Anyone holding a ticket to either the Friday Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony or the Saturday AMA Racing Championship Banquet, presented by World of Powersports, can attend the Concours at no additional charge. In addition, an autograph-signing session will take place during the Concours starting 10 a.m., featuring 2011 inductees and a number of other notable Hall of Famers.
Tickets to the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are $89, which includes dinner. Tickets to the AMA Racing Championship Banquet, presented by World of Powersports, are $69 per person and also include a meal. Special packages are also available.
In addition, guests at either or both banquets receive a special Red Rock room rate of just $90 a night, a $150 discount off the normal rate. Banquet tickets, reservations and additional event information can be found at AmericanMotorcyclist.com/LegendsAndChampions.