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World speed record bid washed out following flooding on Utah salt flats

Paul Hodgson and Chris Proctor, of the Lonan Gentlemans Fellowship, pictured last month with their bikes prepared for shipping to America ahead of Bonneville Speed Week, which has been cancelled due to flooding

Paul Hodgson and Chris Proctor, of the Lonan Gentlemans Fellowship, pictured last month with their bikes prepared for shipping to America ahead of Bonneville Speed Week, which has been cancelled due to flooding

A Manx motorcycle team bidding to secure world records at Bonneville Speed Week in the USA will return home empty-handed after the event was cancelled due to flooding.

The Lonan Gentleman’s Fellowship, based in Laxey, held great hopes for the Lonan 500, owned by team engineer Paul Hodgson from Laxey, and the 600 Manxman, which Chris Proctor from Andreas built in just three months.

However, prolonged heavy rains which flooded the salt flats in the state of Utah forced the postponement of the start of the 100th event on Saturday. It was subsequently cancelled when the rain returned and the waters refused to subside.

The team hit the headlines in 2012 when they achieved two consecutive world records with their home-prepared 500cc Manxman motorcycle, which became the first production-based 500cc motorcycle to exceed 200mph on the salt flats.

At the same time they earned the accolade of being the most successful motorcycle rookie team ever to compete at the event, deservedly so as no team had ever left with two trophies on their first attempt.

 

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