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Pit Bulls VanValkenburgh Breaks Land Speed Record at Bonneville


Huntsville, AL (PRWEB) September 28, 2012

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. Hes 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 fianc

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