Houston Mile Top Speed Competition NewsBill Warner, aka “Mr. 300,” owner of the Wild Brothers Motorsports motorcycle land speed racing team, has acquired the rights to the Houston Half Mile Shootout.
Warner’s new company, National Mile Racing (NMR), will introduce a number of improvements for the popular Aero’s & Autos Half-Mile Shootout, in addition to introducing two new one-mile competitions at the current location.The inaugural Houston Mile competition is scheduled for October 19 and 20, at Houston’s Ellington Airport. On-line registration will open August 18, and is limited to the first 150 registrants for both automobiles and motorcycles.Warner and NMR bring a racer’s perspective to racing event management devoted to providing speed enthusiasts and fans with unforgettable top speed racing events in a fun and safe environment. Warner is the first and only racer to break the 300 mph barrier on a motorcycle and is known within racing circles as “Mr. 300.”Bill Warner says: “I’ve been very fortunate on the track throughout my racing career, but the best part has been all the great people I’ve met along the way. I want to show my appreciation to them with events utilizing their suggestions and ideas, as well as mine.“I’m confident the new Houston Mile will reflect this collective input with memorable events for competitors, sponsors and fans,” added Warner.Local high performance specialists, Hennessey Performance (HPE), will present both the new Houston Mile events.Dave Golder (GM of HPE) says: “Hennessey Performance is proud to continue its association with the Houston Mile by agreeing to a long term sponsorship with NMR. We are confident Bill Warner and NMR will turn the Houston Mile into a premier speed event for Texas.”Ellington Airport is located 15 miles south of Houston, off the I-45/Gulf Freeway exit. For Houston Mile event details and registration information, visit HoustonMile.com
Hello everyone and welcome once again to the Ultimate Motorcycling podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the BMW K 1600 GT. This is the sporty bagger version of BMW’s K series of machines, those are the models with the awesome 6-cylinder engine. The GT has been given a little makeover for 2023, and Nic gives us his take.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my all time heroes—three-time World Champion racer ‘fast’ Freddie Spencer. I’ll do my best not to come off as too much of a fanboy here, but frankly it’ll be tough!
In my humble opinion, Spencer is a contender for the GOAT—greatest of all time. Sure, his career was a little shorter than some, and his number of championships falls behind the likes of Lawson, Doohan, Rossi, and of course Marquez. But at the time, Freddie literally changed the way motorcycles were ridden. 30 years before Marc Marquez, Freddie was able to push the front wheel into a slide, corner after corner, lap after lap in order to get the bike turned faster than anyone else. Freddie took completely different lines and was able to get on the throttle so early he could out accelerate anyone off a corner.
In the modern era, of course Freddie is the chairman of the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel. This is the panel of referees for all three classes of Grand prix racing. I talked to Freddie about his task there, and although for contractual reasons with Dorna and the FIM he cannot talk about specific riders, teams, or events, nevertheless his explanation of the job makes for interesting listening. It’s a tough job, and frankly I wouldn’t want to do it!
Actually—Ultimate Motorcycling is giving away five copies of the book—signed by Freddie himself—to the first five listeners who contact us with the correct answer to the question: How many national AMA championships did Freddie win, and which years were they?
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So, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!