Land speed racer Sam Wheeler has travelled over 350mph in his green E-Z-Hook Streamliner and is the focus of this month’s edition of Salt Addiction.
- The mighty EZ Hook streamliner.
- Sam takes off en route to a 355 mph run in 2006. He was unofficially the fastest man on two wheels (he failed to make a return run voiding an FIM record) until the Ack Attack set a new land speed record over 360 mph in September of 2006.
- John Noonan and Sam Wheeler pose beside the Ack Attack streamliner at Lake Gairdner, Australia.
- Sam checks out the Ack Attack before making his only attempt in a foreign machine on foreign land. (Australia)
- Heinz Herz poses with Delphin III replica, originally driven by his father, Wilhelm Herz. This machine was the first to break the 200 mph barrier on two wheels with a top speed of 211 mph in 1956. The early success of the NSU team inspired Sam to get involved in land speed racing.
- Sam and friends with first streamliner loaded in back of old van.
- Based out of southern CA, the El Mirage Dry Lakes was a favorite testing grounds for Sam.
- Lightweight and aerodynamic. Key ingredients Sam learned at an early age.
- Go Speed Racer!
- Humble beginnings: Notice the surplus nose cone Sam purchased for a dollar…
- The Norton’s riding position was so low the machine was later banned from competition.
- The man and his creation. (Nice tie, Sam)
- The Norton at El Mirage with bodywork removed
- Sam set a record with the Norton streamliner in 1970: 208.747 mph on gas.
- A close-up of the EZ Hook streamliner minus bodywork. (The large training wheels were for testing purposes only.)