Land Speed Motorcycle Racer Seeks to Become Fastest Female Motorcyclist at El Mirage Dry Lake
May 13, 2015
Valerie Thompson seeks to break previous motorcycle record and enter the 200 MPH Club at El Mirage.
(Scottsdale, AZ) – May 13, 2015 – Seven-time land speed record holder Valerie Thompson will return to the El Mirage Dry Lake Bed May 16-17 for Southern California Timing Association’s (SCTA) land speed racing event, with hopes of breaking the land speed record in the APS-G class, and becoming the first female motorcyclist to earn a spot in the famed, “El Mirage 200 MPH Club.”
The club is a prestigious listing of racers who have achieved two major accomplishments: reach or exceed 200 MPH and break the existing record during the same run.
“America’s Queen of Speed” reached 199.903 mph at El Mirage on her BMW S 1000 RR motorcycle in 2014, against a record of 214.360 set in 2011. Considering Thompson has achieved 200 MPH club membership at four other land speed racing events and set a personal best speed of 217.7 MPH at the Texas Mile in 2014, she’s poised to break the record at El Mirage to become the first female motorcyclist in the famous record list.
“This will be my third time racing at the famous dry lake bed. Setting a new record and joining the El Mirage 200 MPH Club has been one of my goals since I started land speed racing,” says Thompson. “It’s a unique club since you have to break an existing record and exceed 200 mph during the same run, which makes it even tougher to gain membership.”
Inspiring young women to achieve their potential has become a personal effort of Thompson’s, who regularly donates time to charitable organizations that help children overcome personal challenges. She earned the “American Women Riders Community Hero Award” in 2011 for her support efforts with HopeKids.org.
“Inspiring kids to achieve their goals and dreams drives me to do the same at every race I compete in,” Thompson says about the young children she’s worked with. “I always tell them courage is the best protection they can have.”
Having recently added Quicksilver Powersports Lubricants as a major sponsor of her BMW racing team, Thompson has everything in place to become the first female motorcyclist in the El Mirage 200 MPH Club.
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Valerie Thompson Background
Valerie is a seven-time land speed record holder and owner/driver of the Valerie Thompson Land Speed Racing Motorcycle Team who has also competed in the All Harley Drag Racing Association and National Hot Rod Association drag racing series. She set a personal best top speed of 217 mph on her BMW S 1000 RR during the October 2014 Texas Mile competition. Thompson is an official member of the BUB Speed Trials 201 MPH Club, Mojave Magnum 200 MPH Club, ECTA 200 MPH Club, Texas Mile 200 MPH Club and lifetime member of the famed Bonneville 200 MPH Club. Based on her numerous racing accomplishments, she is often referred to as “America’s Queen of Speed.”
Valerie Thompson Racing Sponsors
Quicksilver Powersports Lubricants, CTEK Battery Charger, HP Race Parts, NPMoto Wear, Metro Auto Auction, TROON Enterprises, Akrapovič Exhaust, Speed-Way Shelters, Schuberth Helmet, alpha Performance USA, Forma Boots, Champion Systems, ARP, Worldwide Bearings, Stand-Up Photos, Bullseye Leveling, BMW MOA, Torco Race Fuels and Sena Technologies.
SCTA & El Mirage Dry Lake
A group of dry lake racers created the SCTA in the early 50s to establish standardized safety procedures and promote the sport of land speed racing. The SCTA is an all-volunteer organization comprised of twelve individual clubs with a mission to provide safe and fan friendly land speed racing events for high performance vehicle enthusiasts. The SCTA sanctions six events at El Mirage and two at the Bonneville Salt Flats, including Speed Week and the World Finals. El Mirage is located 30 miles east of Antelope Valley California and has been one of the world’s most celebrated racing destinations for more than half a century.
For additional information and photos:
Valerie Thompson Racing (Website) http://www.valeriethompsonracing.com
Valerie Thompson Racing (Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/ValerieFanPage
Valerie Thompson Racing (Twitter) https://twitter.com/valeriethompson
Southern California Timing Association http://www.scta-bni.org
Quicksilver Powersports Lubricants (Sponsor) http://www.quicksilver-products.com/
CTEK (Sponsor) http://smartercharger.com/
Contact: Eric Studer, 214-676-3860, EricStuder@ma