Dan's Salt Attack Succeeds.
Three new Land Speed Records set. More to come? Will they
live through the BUB 2008 event and certifications?
This may be
one of the best underdog motorcycle racing stories to
come along for a while. Last year, this shoestring Dan Holmes race
team, after some racing successes with their low power
reputation Royal Enfield bikes, appeared to be dissolved
after Dan suffered some expensive heart problems.
However, a story on the internet caught the attention of
Bob Hutchinson, founder and president of the Wireless
Industry Association. On Christmas day of 2007, Dan
agreed to meet with Hutchinson in San Antonio.
Dan was now retired and living in the
Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
In better health with a pacemaker and only 52, Dan
related that his dedicated race team - - which had got
its feet wet at Bonneville a few years earlier - -
just might possibly
squeeze their personal finances for yet another Bonneville
attempt with their beloved Royal Enfield Bullet
motorcycle. Yet, it still
wouldn't be enough. They would need at least another
$3,000 to $4,000 so they could travel, eat, and sleep for
a week in Utah.
Hutchinson, an entrepreneur and business man all
of his adult life, was moved by Dan's real life story
and dedication to his team and their
goals. He believed that Dan's project, as planned, would
probably be unsuccessful for lack of a major cash
sponsor. So, Hutchinson committed $25,000 toward Dan's
Bonneville Bullet team project and about that much more
to form and develop the nonprofit Classic Motorcycle
Association. Hutchinson had a vision of using Dan's Bonneville
Project as a first Association
project to support and publicize.
Royal Enfield Bonneville Bullet will strike
again. We're receiving worldwide support from
Royal Enfield and motorcycle owners, enthusiasts, dealers,
publications, and those who love classic, antique, and
Thanks so much for your
contributions. This project will be completed by
the grassroots contributor, the volunteer, and those
who love motorcycles. We don't have factory backing,
major corporate funding, or government grants. In fact,
it is purely motorcycle enthusiasts, riders, and bikers
who organize, support, and fund this project.
Got motorcycling friends? Motorcycle club, group? Let
them know about this underdog, grassroots Bonneville
attack by a classic Royal Enfield Bullet and a few
dedicated volunteers. We need support from motorcycle
owners, riders, enthusiast, groups, clubs, weirdo's, and just plain bike nuts
wherever you are.
Bullet team pledges to emblazon the name of every supporter
on the Bullet itself as it goes for the salt flat record.
And all supporter names will also be published on this
The Bullet and CMA
team members are all volunteers, some retired and some
with full time jobs elsewhere. Several are photographers and
will capture digital still images and HD video to be
compiled and edited as a CMA documentary project,
available free to our supporters at the CMA web.