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February, 2008

 

Dan Holmes Goes for Second Bonneville Speed Record
Attempt with Classic Royal Enfield Motorcycle

 

Possibly the greatest underdog in motorcycle history is back on the attack. Dan Holmes, age 52, ex-Royal Enfield motorcycle dealer, forced into early retirement with heart problems, now has a pacemaker and is determined to take his team back to Bonneville and set a speed record on his second attempt in September with a Royal Enfield 500cc Bullet motorcycle, considered by most in the motorcycle world to be one of the most underpowered motorcycle around.

Dan's story is capturing the attention and admiration of motorcycle enthusiasts worldwide with his grassroots underdog Bonneville speed record crusade. Longtime motorcycle enthusiast Bob Hutchinson, president and founder of the International Wireless Industry Association, found Dan's quest to be a great project and catalyst for starting up an International Classic Motorcycle Association. Among the nonprofit Classic Motorcycle Association's first projects is gathering International support for Dan's Bonneville Bullet project.

In starting the new motorcycle association Bob Hutchinson said, "I liked Dan's story much better that the smoke from the U.S. presidential want-a-bees because you can't use smoke or mirrors at Bonneville. It's the real deal. CMA is funded by older bikers like me and baby boomers that grew up around bikes that are classics today. Great fun."

During the week of August 31 - September 5, 2008, Dan Holmes of Goshen, Indiana, will arrive once again with his Royal Enfield motorcycle, aptly named The Bonneville Bullet, to attack the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, looking for best speed in class, and ultimately to set one or more land speed records. Dan is considered to be an underdog in his quest to achieve that record on a classic motorcycle that is historically known as “underpowered”.

After success as the largest Royal Enfield dealer in the US and successful road race campaigns with his almost stock 500cc Royal Enfield single cylinder bike, Dan's team took on the mile high salt flats at Bonneville in 2002 as "new comers". After frustrations learning the Bonneville "ropes", qualification was attained just short of a class record speed.

Dan later encountered some setbacks, notably serious heart issues and the loss of a daughter to cancer. However, this year with health stabilized, he and his all volunteer team are forging ahead with his shoestring budget 2008 Bonneville plans. Dan encourages all enthusiasts with interest in classic motorcycles to visit the Classic Motorcycle Association web and support this quest.

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More available at the Classic Motorcycle Association's webs:
classicmmotorcycleassociation.org
royalenfieldbonneville.org