• Valerie Thompson set to beat the motorcycle land-speed record

The world’s fastest female motorcycle racer to go above the 376.363 mph record

To be referred to as “America’s Queen of Speed” is a feat that might require a lifetime of sweat and blood. But even after achieving a land-speed record for seven times in her lifetime already, Valerie Thompson doesn’t seem to pull back on the throttle anytime soon. She and her All American Team "7" Racing crew are traveling to Australia to break the all-time land-speed record of 376.363 mph.

The planet’s fastest female motorcycle racer will travel 8,500 miles from her hometown in Scottsdale, Arizona, all the way to Southern Australia with the BUB Seven Streamliner and her crew. They will attempt to break the land-speed record at the World Speed Trials at the 28th Annual Speed Week which is a new motorcycle-only event regulated by the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and the AMA.

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Thompson raced the BUB Seven Streamliner at Bonneville in 2017. BUB Seven Streamliner is an American-built streamliner motorcycle that held the motorcycle land-speed record from 2006 to 2008 and again from 2009 to 2010. It is a 500+hp monster built around a 21 ft carbon fiber monocoque frame and is powered by a 3000 cc, dual overhead cam, 4 valve, turbocharged V4 engine.

The event is scheduled for March 17-19, 2018 at Lake Gairdner salt flats in Southern Australia. The team is reaching there well in advance to conduct mock runs and other tests to streamline her final attempt run on March 18th. The whole world-record ordeal is set to become a feature-length documentary in 2019 under the (working) title: “Rockets and Titans”.

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Thompson’s current top speed achieved on a motorcycle is 304.263 MPH on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, on September 1, 2016 that made her the “World’s Fastest Female Motorcycle Racer”. She has earned the famed “Red Hat” in the Bonneville 200 MPH Club, and is a member of the prestigious Bonneville BUB Speed Trial 201 MPH Club. Valerie has also earned her place in the Mojave Magnum 200 MPH Club, the ECTA 200 MPH Club, the Texas Mile 200 MPH Club and the Colorado Mile.

We wish Valarie the best of luck as she tries to attempt to beat the 376.363 mph record set by the Ack Attack Team. Stay tuned with us, and we will keep updating you with this event.

Sagar Patil
Sagar Patil
Motorcycle industry expert since 1997! - sagar@topspeed.com
Over the years, a deeper conscience of machines moving body and soul has given him a crisp grasp over the concepts of motorcycling. A sucker for details and common sense, he loves getting his hands dirty every once in a while. His love affair with motorcycles ushers in the specialist skillset making Sagar our go-to expert for everything on two-wheels.  Read full bio
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