The weekend of 6-7 July, 2019, was the first time I was properly introduced to Christine, the bike that I and three others will pilot as part of the Italian Race Team, Open Eyes Dream, in a land speed record attempt during Speed Week in Bonneville, 10-17th August 2019. The bike that I will risk my life on. That others will risk their lives on.. the dream of Dino Romano, who has worked so hard, day and night, to get Christine to the salts.
The bike is very special because it is powered by LPG. No-one has taken an LPG bike to the salt flats to race before. Not ever. The environmental credentials of the bike are superb - if Dino achieves his dream it will herald a success for his engineering skill but also could well pave the way for more investment in LPG engine development.
Last year's attempt ended just before the final record breaking run when a battery fire halted everything. This year, Dino has invented a completely new air intake system, the ACFS, which will cool the air before it goes into the engine. This should increase density and increase power output. But this is all unknown at this stage. A totally unknown quantity. That's what makes this whole project so special - it's a life's work and a life's risk - all in a few moments on the salts.
The event in Milan was hosted by Virgin Radio Italy and consisted of a new film showing taken during last years attempt and lots of paparazzi wanting photos. Held at the iconic Deus ex Machina cafe, a perfect setting in the middle of Milan for the great unveiling.
Above is the film that was shown at the event. This is not widely published - it may not even be published anywhere else so click on it now if you have time. It's a beautiful piece of work. Below are some photos of the event.
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