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Tough week in Motorsports...
« on: September 06, 2008, 05:35:36 PM »

http://sports.yahoo.com/n...amp;prov=ap&type=lgns

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MACON, Ga. (AP)—Cochran Motor Speedway was closed indefinitely following the death of a woman hit by debris from a car on Labor Day weekend.

Cynthia Nobles, 43, died Monday of injuries sustained during a race Saturday night. A tire and part of an axle flew from a race car and landed in a section of the pit area that wasn’t protected by a fence.

Very sad. I've been hit by debris in the stands, and had to make use of some quick footwork in the pits, usually 'cause I wasn't paying attention.

They pit in the infield at Skagit. I'm waiting for someone to get injured or killed. It happened at Perris a few years ago. It's not the same on a bullring as it is at Indianapolis or Talladega.


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http://sports.yahoo.com/t...mp;prov=afp&type=lgns

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AFP) – A motorcyclist was killed after losing control of his bike at 385 kilometers (239 miles) per hour and crashing on Utah’s famous Bonneville Salt Flats, authorities and reports said Thursday.

The American Motorcyclist Association said in a statement on its website that 49-year-old Cliff Gullett of Montana was killed in an accident during a time trial at the location, around 185 kilometers (115 miles) west of Salt Lake City.

The AMA said Gullett was competing in the 500cc class during a time trial speed racing event when his bike crashed. Reports said Gullett was aiming to set a record for the fastest two-stroke, two-cylinder motorcycle.

The Salt Lake Tribune cited police investigators as saying Gullett was travelling at 239 miles per hour before the crash.

The Bonneville Salt Flats have been used as a speed testing ground since 1896 and became famous in 1935 when British motorsport legend Malcolm Campbell broke the world land speed record at the site.


Also very sad. Yeah, I know: Doing what he loved, etc. etc.

Nobody goes out there thinking they could get killed. They figure it will be somebody else if it happens at all.

Bonneville's spooky anyway. Fatalities are pretty rare which is amazing all things considered.

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Re: Tough week in Motorsports...
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2008, 06:59:11 PM »


Then:
http://sports.yahoo.com/t...mp;prov=afp&type=lgns

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AFP) – A motorcyclist was killed after losing control of his bike at 385 kilometers (239 miles) per hour and crashing on Utah’s famous Bonneville Salt Flats, authorities and reports said Thursday.

The American Motorcyclist Association said in a statement on its website that 49-year-old Cliff Gullett of Montana was killed in an accident during a time trial at the location, around 185 kilometers (115 miles) west of Salt Lake City.

The AMA said Gullett was competing in the 500cc class during a time trial speed racing event when his bike crashed. Reports said Gullett was aiming to set a record for the fastest two-stroke, two-cylinder motorcycle.

The Salt Lake Tribune cited police investigators as saying Gullett was travelling at 239 miles per hour before the crash.

The Bonneville Salt Flats have been used as a speed testing ground since 1896 and became famous in 1935 when British motorsport legend Malcolm Campbell broke the world land speed record at the site.


Also very sad. Yeah, I know: Doing what he loved, etc. etc.

Nobody goes out there thinking they could get killed. They figure it will be somebody else if it happens at all.

Bonneville's spooky anyway. Fatalities are pretty rare which is amazing all things considered.



Not trying to be a jerk, but other than a streamliner, what was the bike (engine)?

I know accidents are rare in this sport and feel bad about the incident.
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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2008, 07:07:15 PM »



Here's the website. Truthfully, I don't know that much about land speed, and even less about landspeed motorcycles.

http://teambullett.blogspot.com/

Looks like they build a chassis and then fire a new bullet in it as the class dictates, but like I said...

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