Motorcycle Types Cruiser Thompson Set for Bonneville Salt Flats

Thompson Set for Bonneville Salt Flats

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BUB Speed Trials

Valerie Thompson, a three-time land speed record holder and owner/driver of the Valerie Thompson Racing Team, is set to compete at Speed Week (August 11-17) and the BUB Speed Trials (August 25-30) at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

The team also plans to compete in the September 8-11 World of Speed event, pending additional sponsorship funding. This will be Thompson’s first time competing at Speed Week and World of Speed; the Southern California timing Association (SCTA) sanctions both events.

Thompson’s first visit to the Salt Flats was in 2005 when she ran in the ‘Run-Whatcha-Brung’ class, reaching a top speed of 153.561. Like many first timers at Bonneville, she left with a severe case of “salt addiction.”

Keith Ball hired Thompson to drive the sponsored Panhead Harley-Davidson in 2006 & 2007, setting new records both years. The 2011 BUB Speed Trials was her first Bonneville competition with a BMW S1000RR with sponsorship funding from CTEK Battery Chargers.

This year will be Thompson’s first time competing as both a team-owner & driver.

Valerie Thompson says: “I am so fortunate to have support from great sponsors like Martech Services Company and CTEK. I’ve always used CTEK for my bikes since they make the smartest battery chargers in the world.

“I would not be able to achieve the level of performance I have this year without our sponsors, I can’t thank them enough for their loyalty and support,” added Thompson

One of Thompson’s goals since her first sojourn to Bonneville is gaining entry into the “Bonneville 200 MPH Club,” which has fewer than 25 female members since it was formed in 1953. “I’ve driven the BMW to over 209 mph on a paved course, but exceeding 200 mph on salt is no easy feat, especially on just two-wheels. It would be a dream come true and a real honor to be a member of the 200 mph club at Bonneville,” stated Thompson.

To generate additional financial support, Thompson is utilizing to reach individuals who want to help the team set new land speed records. For details, visit

Valerie Thompson Background

Thompson is owner/driver of the Valerie Thompson Land Speed Racing Motorcycle Team. She holds two land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats and a third from the 2012 Ohio Mile. Thompson has also competed in the All Harley Drag Racing Association & National Hot Rod Association series.

Thompson’s sponsors include Martech Services Company – maker of quality air breathing products, CTEK Battery Chargers, La-Man Corporation, Troon Enterprises, Stay Fast Custom Clothing, GO AZ Motorcycles of Scottsdale, Metro Auto Auctions, Swisstrax Interlocking Flooring, JEGS, Vortex Racing, Worldwide Bearings, Stand Up Photos, AAMCO Transmissions & Total Car Care-Phoenix, Hyperpro Performance Suspension Products, Shorai Battery, and ZipFizz Healthy Energy Drink.

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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