2011 BUB Speed Trials
CTEK, makers of the “Wolrd’s Smartest Battery Chargers”, will sponsor motorcycle racer Valerie Thompson and the Kerry Alter/Julian Bivins Racing Team in their attempt to set multiple land speed records with a BMW 1000cc Superbike and Suzuki Hayusbusa for the 8th Annual BUB Speed Trials.
Ken Palmman (CTEK’s VP) says: “Valerie is already a 2-time land speed record holder and the team are proven winners. CTEK Smarter Chargers are currently offered by some of the leading automotive brands around the world. Now we want to increase our brand awareness within the motorcycling community”
Both Valerie and team co-owner, Kerry Alter, will be attempting new speed records. Kerry will be driving a Suzuki Hayusbusa in the 1350cc class while Valerie will pilot the BMW 1000cc Superbike. The team’s goal is to be the world’s fastest 1000cc production motorcycle and gain membership in the prestigious 200 MPH Club. The “200 MPH Club” was formed in 1953. Today there are 678 members, with only 15 females officially listed.
CTEK is no stranger to motorcycling, having commissioned the design and construction of “Big Toe”, the world’s largest powered two-wheeled vehicle, now featured in the Guinness Book of World Records. ”
Ken Palmman says: “We first met Valerie in her role as a spokeswoman/motorcycle presenter at the Barrett-Jackson auto auction when we sold ‘Big Toe.’ We were impressed by her professionalism and racing accomplishments. We are pleased to be working with her again.”
The BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials are held Aug. 27 through Sept. 1 at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats, near Wendover Utah. The event is hosted by the American Motorcycle Association (AMA), which verifies and sanctions all US national records.
All world records are verified and sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Motoclisme (FIM). Over 300 racers will attempt land speed records this year, yet less than 10% will set records based on historical performance, signifying the difficulty of this endeavor.