|Stuart Hooper with his ultra-fast single-cylinder Velocette-based 732cc special, with his record speed of 183.37mph|
Hooper and his team of Velocette arch-enthusiasts have brought the bike to Bonneville as well as Lake Gairdner, and are currently, as far as I know, the World's Fastest single-cylinder motorcycle with a 'normal' riding position. A full 'cigar' body would likely net them the World's Fastest without an asterisk! As generally reliable as the Velo has been, there's still drama on the salt; imagine a 'hiccup' from a nitroglycerine backfire locking the rear wheel at 150mph...read on.
|After a pounding on a rutted salt surface at over 170mph, pushed by the hammering pulses of a big single-cylinder engine, this chain has cried enough!|
|A mechanical tell-tale shows the maximum revs of the 732cc engine; 6600rpm. A 'normal' Velo engine is redlined at 6200rpm, but racers occasionally took them up to 7200, which is very hard on their roller big ends.|