The continuation of the story behind how I got to ride on the Salt Flats during Speed Week. Part 2 can be foundhere
Christine's run - 13th August 2019 The Bonneville course starters are super-cool professionals and have the whole process of seeing you off on your run down to a fine art. They check you over, confirm what speed you and the bike are cleared to ride at and make sure you're comfortable with knowing how to signal if you have an emergency. Then a short wait till you hear that the previous rider or driver has cleared the track and then boom. Just like that you're signalled to go. No wave of flag just a smile and off you go, in your own time. It seems somewhat of an anti-climax, your moment to shine should be signalled by fireworks surely? But actually it's quite relaxing not having to wait for the sound of a cannon or gun. You have a good run up before the track to get comfortable on the bike, putting yourself prone as low as you can go in the case of a bike and build up speed slowly. Not always easy when you are wearing new, tight leathers though.
One of the starters getting us in line.
Total focus. Total concentration as Dino prepares to run.