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2006 Bonneville Streamliner Battle Photo Gallery

Chris Carr became the fastest human on two wheels when he went 350 mph at Bonneville, but there was more to the story than that... Check out the full story in 2006 Bonneville Streamliner Battle.

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Next year, if the salt is good, we can expect more fireworks from the two squads.
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It was a happy day for everyone involved in the BUB project.
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You can bet on the fact that the BUB machine won't stop at 350, with both the BUB and Ack teams mentioning 400 mph as the next great barrier.
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Seven proved to be Manning's lucky number, as he recaptures the record his first claimed back over 30 years ago.
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The world record may not stay in Carr's hands for long, but the BUB Seven streamliner was able to leave Bonneville the fastest motorcycle on the planet.
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' was told it was over.'
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Carr gets a hug from the Mrs. after maintaining the record.
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Manning was no match for Carr when it came time to break out the bubbly.
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FIM Charlie.
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Carr loaded into the BUB Seven with 15 minutes to go as the Ack machine got ready to shoot down the line one last time.
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The Ack Attack streamliner showed up at the start line for one last shot.
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BUB was camped out at the start line, but when Ack showed up he told the blue streamliner to go ahead. It they made it through the timed mile he was ready to match them.
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Just when you thought things were over, the Ack was making its way to the start for another go.
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With the Ack machine heading back out it was time to get the BUB streamliner on the ground and ready.
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Carr and Manning played a waiting game on Thursday.
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Speed Channel was on hand to document everything for a planned special. When the Speed folks weren't in their grill, Carr and Manning had to contest with some jerk from MCUSA who was juggling a video camera, still camera, voice recorder, and notepad in front of their face.
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Hanging out at the start it was plain to see that sitting still and waiting isn't in the blood of a true racer like Carr. Holding a lead for 48 hours was a new experience for the Flat Track champion.
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The BUB Seven spend most of the Speed Trials waiting in the shade.
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Dave Despain and his trademark voice were on hand, leading the throng of journalists covering the unprecedented battle for the record.
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The 11-mile course stretched down the salt heading towards the floating mountain in the distance.
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Off the line everything looked great, but once he started to cycle through the gears, everyone could hear something wasn't quite right.
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Robinson gets underway for his last best chance to reclaim the record.
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Acks Last chance before the chain broke
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At the Trials Rocky heard something only a handful of folks have ever heard, 'e turned it up about 200 horsepower.'
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Rocky gives the thumbs up as they go thru the pre-run checklist. Unfortunately the chain was about to go due to the damaged shaft.
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A fire suit is standard safety equipment on these 300-plus mph monsters.
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The Bonneville establishment were treated to the best racing conditions many of these old Salts had ever seen.
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Getting a rider shoehorned into these machines takes some time.
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Could Rocky come through on the final day?
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The Ack squad was on the start line bright and early waiting for their opportunity.
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The early-morning light greeted the Ack squad on Thursday.
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The sun went behind a cloud on Thursday morning, but the image was an apt one, as the sun was setting on Ack's chances, at least at this event.
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Going faster than any motorcycle in history and then sliding 100-mph on your side across the salt. On behalf of all the good people in the world I say, 'ive that man a cold one!'
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After his world record/triple-digit speed crash, Wheeler was able to smile about it all when he relayed the info on the phone.
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Frank Sherrill the self-professed 'gopher' for the E-Z-Hook squad examines the remnants of the machine. Will it return and battle for the record?
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The damage to the right side of the E-Z-Hook didn't look good. Fortunately Wheeler had his chutes out and was slowed down to somewhere just about 100mph or it could have been ugly.
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A close up of the damage. Wheeler's fate could have been worse had the green machine ended up on its side without the chutes.
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Wheeler takes off with a push from his crew.
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Wheeler was locked in and ready to launch.
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Wheeler goes through the pre-launch checklist.
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Wheeler has known BUB and Akatiff for 30 years. Wheeler is different from the other two in that he also races his design.
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The E-Z-Hook's Achilles Heel.
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Kawasaki now has the powerful ZX-14 platform to upgrade the E-Z-Hook's ZX-11 engine, but will Wheeler try an rebuilt a new machine?
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Akatiff and Manning both were constantly saying, 'Don't count out Sam.' When Wheeler's front tire gave out, Akatiff offered to lend him his wheel balancer to get his final spare back on the E-Z-Hook.
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On Wednesday the E-Z-Hook shared the start line with the Ack machine.
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Getting the ZX-11 engine dialed in, joined with the aerodynamics, make the E-Z-Hook formula work.
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The Speed Trials may have been the last hurrah of the E-Z-Hook.
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What the E-Z-Hook's right side looked like before sliding across the salt and 100 mph.
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A good look at the E-Z-Hook's sleek lines.
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Wheeler's arrival was rumored, but he didn't show up until the meet was well underway.
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The E-Z-Hook crew dial in the streamliner.
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A turbocharged 1991 ZX-11 engine, which was the biggest mill available at the time, provides all the juice the E-Z-Hook needs.
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Everyone in the know at Bonneville has complet and total respect for Sam Wheeler. The man received uniform praise from other racers whenever his name was mentioned.
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Rocky gets ready to roll.
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Rocky Robinson has a unique perspective on the differences between the Ack and BUB streamliners, being the only man to pilot both machines.
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Everyone was interested in the wind reports. Crosswinds around 3-4 mph the limits the streamliners were willing to brave. Gusting winds were the most hazardous.
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The Ack team waited for thier opportunity on Tuesday but the winds were not cooperating.
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The two main contenders, Mike Akatiff and Dennis Manning. Both men have one goal in mind at Bonneville: Be the fastest motorcycle on the planet.
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Rocky chats with members of the Ack crew.
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The Ack Attack streamliner cuts its way through the air.
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The streamliners have a detailed checklist they run through every time they make a run.
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The Ack crew and a handful of spectators hang out at the starting line.
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Robinson gets sealed into the Ack Attack machine.
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Getting strapped into place takes a couple minutes.
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Akatiff began work on the blue Ack Attack streamliner back in 2002. Four years later he owned the world record with Rocky Robinson at the controls.
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The excitement surrounding the five-day event rubbed off on the media in attendance. Land-speed racing isn't always so packed with drama.
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The writing on the wall said it all. Carr has piloted the BUB machine eight times at speed. The seventh and eighth being his world record passes.
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You got the feeling BUB was pretty pleased with his rookie's effort.
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BUB's ace in the hole was seven-time AMA Flat Track champion Chris Carr, who joined the Seven crew after BUB announced the rider vacancy in a press release.
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Unlike the Ack streamliner which is pushed by a truck, or the E-Z-Hook which is pushed by a couple of crew members, the BUB Seven is towed off the start until it can get under its own power.
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A pair of retractable skids keep the machine upright off the start. One under power, if the machine tilts beyond a 50-degree angle, the chutes automatically deploy.
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The BUB machine has a comprehensive checklist it runs through prior to launch.
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Carr behind the controls.
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Carr was ready to make some history.
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Seven proved to be lucky after all.
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Carr gets ready for his moment in the sun.
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Carr's wife gave the seven-time Flat Track champion the green light to pursue his Bonneville ambition.
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Sure the BUB Seven streamliner had something to do with Carr's success, but the 'Good luck dad' he got at the start was worth something special too.
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The BUB Seven's speedo read wrong on the initial pass and Carr thought he hit the 330s instead of his shocking 354.
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Need to start up your multimillion dollar streamliner? Well, you have to thumb the starter. It's on the right control of F-4 Phantom joystick.
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The BUB Seven's controls were plucked out of an F-4 Phantom.
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The BUB streamliner was the favorite coming in. Makes sense considering your owner created the event to give motorcycles an opportunity to get world records without all the four-wheeled folks getting in the way.
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Despain, like all the journalists covering the event, was treated an unprecedented competition for the world record.
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The BUB Seven streamliner is powered by a turbo-charged purpose-built V-Four, designed by BUB himself.
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The almost three-liter BUB powerplant is housed in a monocoque chassis of carbon fiber and Kevlar.
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Following the same turbo-charged brute-horsepower approach, Akatiff took a different tack by utilizing a pair of Hayabusa motors to generate a mind-boggling amount of horsepower, which tops out at around 900 hp.
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At first the comparison between flat track and land-speed racing seems odd, but Robinson and Carr were quick to point out the similarities. 'What it boils down to is being comfortable drifting and sliding at speed,' explained Robinson.
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As the first day came to a close, Robinson and the Ack team went to bed knowing they were the fastest motorcycle on the planet.
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The Ack machine has a different profile than the BUB streamliner, with the front end resembling a fighter jet.
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The BUB may have got the most attention, but for the first two days of the event the Ack Attack streamliner and its rider, Rocky Robinson, were the toast of the town and the fastest motorcycle in the world at 342.797 mph.
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Robinson climbed in the Ack machine after breaking the record for Speed Channel cameras.
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Sometimes racers just have names suited for racing.
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Mike Akatiff (left) was all smiles as he chatted with the FIM official after breaking the world record.
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It was a bit short-lived but the Ack was the fastest right out of the box.
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Side-by-side it is easy to see the differences between the Ack Attack and BUB machines, the third streamliner is the J&P machine, not a true contender for the record yet.
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Even though the record had been claimed by a different team, Manning was all smiles as the 16-year-old record was broken at his event. Plus he knew he would have something for them once his rider arrived.
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BUB had to wait for the opportunity to race his streamliner, and watched the Ack Attack draw first blood.
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Speed Channel was on hand to document the racing, and Manning and Robinson were on Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain.
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Race officials included representatives from the AMA.
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Dennis Manning is BUB and is a constant presence at the event which he started three years ago.
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As you can see the Salt isn't perfectly smooth, but it's pretty damn close.
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Another view of the Bonneville Salt Flats, you can see a levee in the distance.
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The Salt Flats seen from I-80 just a few miles outside of Wendover, Nevada.
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Proof that I am not making up the curvature of the earth claim.
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A frontal view of the Campos-piloted former world record streamliner.
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The world's fastest no longer. Everyone felt the 16-year-old record stood a good chance of being bettered, evidenced by its presence at the event.
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The torpedo-like BUB streamliner was out for display during the opening days of the Trials with Carr still not in attendance, having raced at Springfield, Illinois, for his AMA Flat Track day job.
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Welcome to the Bonneville Salt Flats...