Pit Bull’s VanValkenburgh Breaks Land Speed Record at Bonneville

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Charlie VanValkenburgh broke the 1000cc Production land speed record at Bonneville beating the old record of 197.116 and setting a new record of a stunning 198.246 mph

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new record of 198.246 mph

Charlie VanValkenburgh, owner and president of Pit Bull Products, Inc., has won the 1000cc Production land speed record at Bonneville. Pit Bull, a motorcycle stand and accessory manufacture, started preparing almost two years ago. They purchased a BMW S100RR from BMW of Atlanta specifically for the purpose of competing in – and winning – this event. The bike was customized by Michael Godin and Kevin Hunt of KWS Motorsports, along with other companies which contributed by producing prototype motor parts for the bike.

Charlie VanValkenburgh has been traveling to Bonneville as often as possible since 2010. He’s watched the progress of the bike for two years as the team improved its speed and performance. Last year, Barry McMahan began working on the bike in his Huntsville area shop as well as going along to the Salt Flats with Charlie V to provide support on site. By October 2011, the team felt that the bike was prepared for a record breaking performance. The event was rained out that month and the Pit Bull team waited until August of this year to return to the Salt Flats to break the record.

Charlie made back to back runs at 199.326 and 197.166, respectively, beating the old record of 197.116 and setting a new record of a stunning 198.246 mph! VanValkenburgh is thrilled with this record-setting achievement and acknowledged the hard work of the team, saying, "It took a lot of work to get a record at Bonneville and it was definitely a team effort. The qualifying run and back up run were the 82nd and 83rd trips down the salt with the same bike.”

VanValkenbergh extended his thanks and deep appreciation for the work and support of Barry McMahan for building a bike which could break the record with a stock pipe and air box, his fiancé, Carolyn for being there for him throughout the effort and of course, Pit Bull’s many customers who made the project possible. He also thanked Michael Godin and Kevin Hunt of KWS Motorsports, Dave from Worldwide Bearings, Karen McMahan, Millennium Technologies, Sportbike Track Gear, Web Cam, CP Carillo, Walt Schaefer, Chicken Hawk, Rod Falkner of DuMonde Tech, Scott Moore of Fast Finish, Becca and Paul Livingston of Spider Grips for inspiring him to compete in the event and his daughter Abbey, Ben Tate, Doug Tate, Craig Watson, Terry Hulbert and Billy Pruitt for their support on the salt flats.

Pit Bull designs and manufactures products exclusively in the USA. Stocky and undeniably tough, like a pit bull dog, Pit Bull motorcycle stands are made of high grade tubing with squared-off shoulders giving them the distinctive shape characteristic of a pit bull. The company also manufactures and sells steering stabilizers, trailer restraints, sprockets, and accessories.

You can find out more about Pit bull products by visiting http://www.pit-bull.com or calling 877-533-1977.

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