Thompson Unveils SE Viper Diamondback
Mecum’s 25th Original Spring Classic Car Auction
Viper Motorcycles has selected two-Time Bonneville Land Speed Record Holder Valerie Thompson to present their new Special Edition Viper Diamondback at Dana Mecum’s 25th Original Spring Classic Car Auction on May 16 in Indianapolis.
Built in Auburn, Ala. after eight years of design and testing, the Viper Diamondback is the world’s fastest production V-Twin Supercruiser. Powered by a proprietary 152 C.I. Viper/Ilmor engine, it produces 165 ft. lbs. of torque while delivering 130 HP to the rear wheel.
The Diamondback offers the superior handling characteristics of a Sportbike due to it’s patented “on-the-fly” adjustable air-ride suspension and runs 20-percent cooler than standard air-cooled V-Twins. With fully adjustable forward controls allowing a customizable riding position, the bike fits a wide size range of riders from 5’3″ to 6’7″.
Colbert Seagraves (VP Marketing & Race Operations for Viper Motorcycles) says: “We felt it was appropriate to have one of the world’s fastest females present the world’s fastest Supercruiser at the world’s largest collector car auction.
“Valerie has extensive experience presenting vehicles at the best auctions in the country and is a real crowd favorite. We expect the bike and Valerie to be a big hit at the Spring Classic. We told her she will be known as the ‘Viper Vixen’ after successfully presenting the Special Edition Diamondback.”
Dana Mecum’s 25th Original Spring Classic Auction will offer over 2,000 vehicles at the Indiana State Fairgrounds located at 1202 E 38th Street, Indianapolis Indiana. The event will be televised live on Discovery’s Velocity Network May 15-20, 2012.
Viper Motorcycle Company Background
Viper Motorcycle Company creates the highest performance engineered American motorcycle in the industry utilizing unique design solutions and patented technology to deliver superior performance. Viper Supercruiser motorcycles are designed & manufactured for affluent enthusiasts seeking uncompromising ride, high performance, and cutting edge engineering. Over 80% of a Viper motorcycle is proprietary with most component parts CNC machined from billet aluminum.
Valerie Thompson Background
Thompson is the Owner/Driver of the Martech Services Company land speed racing motorcycle team who currently holds two speed records at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats. Thompson’s 201 mph run at the 9th Annual BUB Speed Trials outperformed all other BMW’s at the event. In addition to land speed racing, Thompson has competed in the All Harley Drag Racing Association & the National Hot Rod Association. Thompson was recently selected to test pilot the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger designed to eclipse the “World’s Fastest Female Record” of 512 mph. If successful, Thompson will officially become the “World’s Fastest Female.”