See photos of land speed racer Leo Hesse in the Salt Addiction Leo Hesse photo gallery. Read more in Rocky Robinson’s latest article Salt Addiction Leo Hesse
- Leo lights up the rear tire as fans look on. He set 4 AMRA records from 1990-92 and was the first Shovelhead in AMRA history to go over 180 mph.
- Leo Hess and Rocky Robinson share a few words in the pits at the 2008 Top 1 Shootout. That’s Nancy Wennerberg in the background. Nancy and Jon Wennerberg operate landracing.com, and kept the entire lsr community abreast of the entire event in real time via the internet.
- This is the “before” shot of the Full Blast Engineering/Küryakyn streamliner at the 2008 Top 1 Shootout.
- The “after” shot shows the bike as it was after being loaded onto the trailer after Leo’s high speed crash. The bodywork was literally ripped from the machine during the accident.
- The primer coated racer is loaded and ready for its first visit to Bonneville.
- Ice races at Brant Lake, S.D. 1989. Notice the studded tires and the surrounding blanket of snow.
- Taken from the parking lot outside Leo’s shop, Full Blast Engineering. Race bikes, performance engine work, v-twin service.
- Speed Week - 1992. This was Leo’s first ride at Bonneville on Bob George’s double engine bike.
- Mike Roland pushes Leo off on the double engine bike at the ’92 World Finals. Partially streamlined, Leo ran over 236 mph!
- A closer look at the beautifully restored J&P streamliner.
- Leo gets a feel for the J&P streamliner after being asked by John Parham to be their rider.
- Leo blasts past a course marker at speed in the J&P machine.
- Leo at work on the monstrous 3000cc nitro burning v-twin streamliner. Look at the size of those billet cylinders and heads.
- Leo launches off the start, his front wheel lofting into the air. Note the huge rear slick contorting against the asphalt surface.