After competing in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb last year, Guy Martin continues his pursuit of racing beyond just road race courses, with an announcement today that he will compete with Triumph for a land speed record at Bonneville.
The news sees the Lincolnshire-man aboard the Triumph Rocket III Streamliner, which is powered by two turbocharged 2.3-liter Triumph Rocket III engines that make a combined 1,000 horsepower.
Triumph and Martin hope to top the current FIM motorcycle land speed record, which is 376.363 mph, pop the 400 mph barrier, and thus bring the land speed record back to the Triumph brand, and the UK, after a 45 year absence.
Accordingly, they will take part in the speed trials held August 24-27th at Bonneville, and will be testing on the salt flats in mid-July.
Triumph of course has a long history at the Bonneville Salt Flats, naming even one its models after the iconic race course, after Johnny Allen’s land speed record run in September 1955, when he reached the record-breaking speed of 193.72 mph.
Racing a Triumph Daytona 675 in the Supersport class of this year’s Isle of Man TT, Martin’s involvement with the British brand seemingly continues. It will be interesting to hear his thoughts after strapping into the Triumph streamliner though.
Photos of the 2013 Triumph Rocket Streamliner: