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Zoe Richards  says:

‘Syko’ smashes land speed record

A Yorkshire based engineer has set the British land speed record for three wheelers. Graham Sykes rode his 3900cc V8 machine, called ‘The Syko’ at Elvington Airfield near York, reaching a top speed of 180.39 mph. Sykes has been developing the bike, which has two wheels at the front, for over 20 years but the record attempt caused problems: a...

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May 12

Posts: 26

records1990 says:

Stan Whitton.

Thanks Goldenballs, your so right Stan was a legend when he was racing, he was one of the racers like Graham Sykes, he did all his own engineering himself and was a past master on his "Trivotrad" machine, he was still racing untill a couple of years ago when he was taken with health problems but still racing right up to the end, as you said he was a legend in his sport and held many records throughout his racing career, up untill Graham too the one at Elvington, I know he would have been proud and congratulate him on his success.

RIP Stan, I know you would have been there watching.

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Sep 05

Posts: 8

daytona106 says:

8 silencers...

Yep, that's obviously what slowed it down...

should have left them off and stuffed it to the NIMBY's that moved in on Elvington and then whinged about the 'noisy neighbours'.


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Feb 05

Posts: 223

Bob_1 says:


Fly by night makes the point that some background information would help put things into the right context. I agree and what would help most of all is to understand the set-up at Elvington compared to Bonneville or Black Rock. (etc) 

Elvington is a 1.9 mile concrete runway. At the recent records meeting it was set up for a standing-start mile, standing-start 1.4 miles and then a half-mile braking zone. This was for both directions, East and West. In the centre was a quarter-mile section for the flying quarters, again operable in either direction as required for a record.  

It is one of the only venues in the UK where such records can be attempted, simply because we don't have much else available of this length or longer. This means that we cannot go in for ultimate top speeds like they can on the salt lakes, our records are more like sprints. 

Stopping can be challenging too. A half-mile, the entire braking zone, at 240 mph takes just 7.5 seconds. It is for these reasons that our UK records are different and rider skill makes such a difference. There is a move towards holding standing-mile meetings in order to have comparable records to those set in other countries, like the Texas mile for example. Then we will be nearer to comparing like with like. The ACU still requires an aggregate of two consecutive runs in opposite directions for a national record though.

Hope this helps.

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Fly by night


Sep 07

Posts: 225

Fly by night says:

Thanks bob

Yes it puts it in a much better perspective, and gives a much better idea of what he was dealing with.


I'm sure the people that made the unkind comments understand a lot more now and can appreciate the achievement made by the record braking team.



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rob w


Aug 02

Posts: 2

rob w says:

Stan Whitton

Ok ok we can all go faster on a modern superbike

Stan Whitton the old record holder and my old man did a 10.0 quarter on a home made kawasaki engined trike (Triovad) aged 69!

None to shabby, try it!

look it up on youtube

Well done Graham 

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