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Flat Out

The Race for the Motorcycle World Speed Land Record



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Flat Out by Rocky Robinson
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In the world of motor sports, the one record most difficult to break is the land-speed motorcycle record. Set at 318 mph by Don Vesco in 1974, it took sixteen years for Dave Campos to break this record at 322 mph. Another sixteen years passed before Rocky Robinson - dared evil rider and aspiring author - shattered that record by doing an amazing 344 mph! How Robinson got to this point - and how he faced his greatest challenge at his moment of triumph - is the story of "Flat Out". A ten-year quest to be the fastest motorcycle rider on earth, told in gritty detail - a compulsive, readable account that captures the hard work, sacrifice and dedication that go into being the world's best and fastest, as well as the sheer terror of riding his Suzuki streamliner at almost six miles a minute! Sure to be welcomed by motorcycle riders the world over, this is destined to become a classic of motorcycle writing.

Author Biography

In the late seventies Rocky Robinson participated in the Camel Pro Series as a class "C" expert, competing against future champions like Ricky Graham and Doug Chandler. In the eighties he graduated to Speedway racing and alcohol-burning, brakeless machines; he won the Napa Wine Cup Championship in 1989 as well as the overall Northern California Speedway Championship that same year. Rocky then became involved in Land Speed Racing where he rode Tenacious II, a world class streamlined motorcycle built by Denis Manning. At the famed Bonneville Salt Flats after several attempts, Rocky was able to reach a top speed of 291 mph under perfect conditions. It was all the machine had. After that, the team tried their luck down under. At Lake Gairdner in Australia, coasting to a finish on an injured bike, Rocky timed out at 289 mph, which still stands as the fastest pass on two wheels ever recorded in Australia. For 2006, Rocky teamed up with Mike Akatiff and the crew behind the Ack Attack Special, a twin engine turbocharged Suzuki Hyabusa.
Release date NZ
April 16th, 2008
Country of Publication
United States
32 colour and 50 black and white illustrations
Motorbooks International
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