Denis Manning, president of Bub Enterprises, has announced that seven-time AMA Grand National Champion Chris Carr, 38, of Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, has been selected to pilot Bub’s Drag Specialties/Parts Unlimited-sponsored motorcycle streamliner later this year in an attempt to break the world motorcycle land speed record. The current mark of 322.150 mph was set by Dave Campos in 1990.
According to Manning, testing with Carr in the streamliner will be held at the Bonneville Salt Flats in June and July, with the record attempt currently planned in conjunction with the International Motorcycle Speed Trials by Bub, September 3-8, 2006. FIM officials will be brought in for that occasion.
Manning’s previous experiences at Bonneville as a builder date back to 1970 when he built a Harley-Davidson-powered streamliner that was piloted by Cal Rayborn to a new world record at the time of 265 miles per hour. Manning has since been involved in numerous other Bonneville projects, but the goal of regaining the world record has eluded him thus far.
“We are thrilled to have someone with Chris Carr’s credentials in the saddle of our streamliner for our attempt to set the world record,” Manning said. “His history of success in motor racing speaks for itself. We appreciated receiving over 40 applicants for the job, but feel confident we’ve found the right guy to get the job done.”
For Carr, the winningest active motorcycle flat track racer in the sport, the Bonneville attempt will be a departure from what he knows best. He has, however, competed in the past in AMA Superbike competition and looks forward to this new challenge.
More details will be released as it becomes available.