Episode 2 Speed Dreams: The Fastest Place on Earth


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Episode 2

This follows the men and their machines for a week of land speed racing on the Bonneville salt flats. Who has what it takes to get a Bonneville record?


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This programme contains strong language.

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In the last episode, a group of British amateur engineers

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finally arrived in Utah for Bonneville's 64th Annual Speed Week.

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Six teams, six very different machines.

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We came here with the express intention

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of racing this bike on the salt.

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There's nowhere else on Earth like it.

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Guys from all walks of life...

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Guys in sheds, guys in garages, little tinkerers.

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We're all little tinkerers and little feckers

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and we like a trinket and a treasure.

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Yeah, mate! THEY LAUGH

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My ice cream dealer(!)

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..all with something to prove.

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Big records. Running on a tough record,

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and we're a little team from a very, very long way away.

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I mean, how hard could it possibly be? THEY LAUGH

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There ain't no messing around here, you know what I mean?

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This is it. Time to go fast.

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Welcome to Bonneville, you guys.

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This is the fastest speedway in the world.

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Top speed here of 462 mph.

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You'll see every kind of car and motorcycle you could ever dream of.

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This is the place they're going to be and this is the fastest there is.

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Keep track of the streamline - the ones that go really fast -

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and then go down to the five-mile marker

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and you could hear the engine start, and you can hear them coming,

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but you can't see them yet till they come up over the edge of the earth.

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The cars will come up to you over the curvature of the earth.

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It's really a hoot to see that.

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The record that the Scottish streamliner team are trying to break

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has been held for over 10 years.

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It's a huge challenge.

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To bring a team of guys from a little garage outside Glasgow,

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with a 300-plus mph car to the Bonneville Salt Flats.

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To try and be one of only seven Brits

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to break a record here over 300 mph, you know.

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Yeah, I'd be the third living Brit

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in the 300 chapter of the 200 mph club here.

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You know, the other six are all legends. I mean, look at the names -

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Sir Malcolm Campbell, Donald Campbell,

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Cobb, Eastern and then Noble and Green.

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I mean, these guys are heroes.

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This will be the team's third visit to the flats,

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having only just missed the record on previous occasions

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due to technical problems.

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The record's stood for all this time,

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because people reckon that it's impossible to go any quicker.

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We need to prove them wrong.

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If we don't break the record this year, or if we don't even break 300,

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we will have failed, and we will have failed miserably and, um,

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right now, failure is not something I want to contemplate.

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Most of the teams are prepping their vehicles for their first run.

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Put some more fuel in it, and we're ready to go.

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Hey, we're ready to go!

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Fresh in the knowledge they've passed the rigorous tech inspection,

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the teams begin the five-mile trip to the start line.

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But before they can even attempt a record,

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they'll first need to qualify for a licence

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by proving they can safely ride down the track

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within a set range of speeds.

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So Bonneville's pretty unique, huh? ENGINES REV

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Yesterday, raining buckets, two inches of water everywhere,

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loads of long faces, everybody getting drunk. Today, race face.

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PJ and his partner Dave

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-have gone back to basics with their retro Suzuki.

-It's interesting,

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cos it's a 30-year-old bike.

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Everyone else is doing it on modern stuff, with hybrid turbos.

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Fair play to them, that's the easy way. We like older stuff.

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You can't buy a bike like this, so you have to go and make one.

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I've got butterflies. I'm nervous, I've got the whole gambit.

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It's all going on, you know.

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He's going to be the same. He'll be the same when I'm on it.

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You know, you're just nervous,

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cos you're sending someone off on something you built and you're like,

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things are going in your head, "Did I? Did I? Did I?

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PJ and Dave know they'll need a minor miracle

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to get near the 203 mph record,

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but they're at Bonneville for the long haul.

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Their target this year is to upgrade the 150 licence they already hold

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to a licence that entitles them to go over 175 mph.

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Can't wait. I'm really looking forward to it. But I know that when

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I get down the bottom, on the line, I'm going to be shaking like a leaf.

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But we'll see what the old girl will do.

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I've never done this before ever. I've gone fast and everything,

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but I've never raced against a clock or tried to set a speed.

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I've only gone fast, usually trying to get away from the police.

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HE LAUGHS

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-Our record is not phenomenally high.

-No.

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If we get absolutely everything right and the wind behind us, and it's downhill,

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-we might get, I don't know, 180 if we're lucky.

-Mmm.

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Last year, Steve and Dave went to Bonneville as spectators

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and got their licences on a borrowed bike.

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The salt fever took hold,

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and now, they've built their very own bike from scratch.

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I've put pictures of these up on Facebook pages

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and had comments of people saying, "Wow, who made that?"

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-So I said, "Dave did." Everything's made by hand.

-Yeah.

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-ENGINE REVS THEN SPLUTTERS

-There's a fault underneath.

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-Don't panic.

-That was me, I'm not panicking. Sorry about that. OK.

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ENGINE REVS LOUDLY

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For Steve and Dave to get the record,

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they'll need to beat 88 mph in a 750 cc class.

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The fastest I've been on the roads is 160, and I was on a trike.

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And that didn't in fact seem particularly fast.

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And that was on the A14 at rush hour.

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As the more experienced rider,

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Steve gets the first chance to put the bike through its paces.

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Geordie Oz was last here in 2009.

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Every day since has been dedicated to getting back to the salt.

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Get in about five o'clock, work until about eight o'clock,

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have a bit of tea, watch an hour's telly and then go to bed.

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Then start again the next day.

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Always the same. Every night.

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Unfortunately for Oz, his three-year quest to beat a 196 mph record

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might have to wait a little longer.

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Oz has taken a turn for the worse with a recurring chronic illness.

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Far too ill to ride, he's resting in a local camp site

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away from the chaos and heat of the flats.

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PJ's partner Dave is next up.

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Gagging for it now.

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Yeah, heart's going like a stolen moped.

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Yeah, I can't wait. I'm really buzzing.

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It's nice to get back on something and be able to race again, you know.

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-Are you nervous?

-Yeah, course I'm nervous.

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If you're not nervous, then there's something wrong with you, I think, maybe.

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You know, it's there, a little bit of the jitters,

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but it's a respect thing, you know.

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If you don't respect it, it'll bite you, it'll kill you.

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To get their 175 licence,

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a run of between 150-175 mph is required on the 30-year-old bike.

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Steve and Dave's bespoke bike has already found its first gremlin.

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Slowing it down is an art.

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And then, eventually, it just went bump and down.

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-Can we get it moved? We've got to get it...

-Yeah, OK.

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It's annoying in the way that the engine wouldn't take full throttle.

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And so I was feathering it along, and I thought,

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"Why can't I see my speedo?" I'd forgotten to switch it on.

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So then, I switched the speedo on and the vibration increased,

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and the power lead jumped out, so I've no idea how fast I was.

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How many things have fallen off? I don't know.

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But the engine stopped itself. We now need to find out why it stopped.

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At these high speeds, drivers and riders have mile upon mile of salt

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on which to stop their vehicles.

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But it doesn't always go to plan.

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'We have another spin!'

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Thankfully, there are no marks for content or style.

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It's only the top speed at the designated mile marker that counts.

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Dave and Steve should be confident they have a record-breaking time.

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The current record is set at a modest 88 mph.

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It appears we've something we can work with. That's what we want.

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All I'm going to say is...

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-Look at the speed in mile two, which is 129 mph.

-Yeah.

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-Half throttle.

-Half throttle, there you go, you see.

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-129 mph on part throttle.

-There you go.

-My goodness.

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HE LAUGHS

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In theory, 129 mph is more than enough

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to qualify for a record attempt.

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-Come on, I'm getting hot in here.

-Let's get back.

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But to make a second run, they'll first need to find out

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what caused the engine to fail.

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Hee-hee!

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Chris Ireland decided to make the trip to Bonneville after watching

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a film about legendary Kiwi bike builder Burt Monro.

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-Vroom-vroom!

-It's his first visit to the salt flats.

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It is going to be an experience. I'm getting a really bad disease now

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that people have probably told you about - salt fever.

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Have you heard that phrase? Salt fever is what everybody's got.

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After two years of planning, Chris is about to find out

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if his 70-year-old 500 cc Indian

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will hold together whilst going for the 127 mph record.

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What goes through my mind is, um, praying that

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the clutch will work on it, for a start.

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And it worked perfect every time.

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And you hope that you've got your jetting right, and gearing right,

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and it's going to pull OK and they kick her over, shit your pants.

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I'm actually looking at the rev counter all the time,

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trying to keep my head down. And you just hope and pray

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your engine ain't going to blow up between your legs.

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I guess you could say your mind almost goes blank doing these runs.

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You don't know what you thought about or anything when you get to the end.

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There's a weird feeling when you've actually finished the run,

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you've got this feeling of solitude.

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In the middle of the desert, your bike's steaming away,

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and it's just been run flat out again.

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Something it was never ever designed for.

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You really can't describe it. It's like being on the moon.

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See, I'm knackered there, I'm out of breath.

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I had a full head of hair when I set off, it's blown it all off(!)

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How can you describe that? The only thing you can say to somebody is

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get out there, go and have a look.

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Chris' bike only reached 69 mph.

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The record is 127 mph, and I don't think we're going to get anywhere near it.

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But I haven't come here to break records, I've come here to have a good time.

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Just hope I don't break a record. I don't care.

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Team Page from Hertfordshire have their own very personal reasons

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for joining the contingent of bikers.

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Our friend Mike died a couple of years ago

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from a heart attack at a young age.

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He had this bike that he'd been rebuilding for 20-plus years,

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and never finished it. It became a long-running joke.

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Everyone always used to ask if he'd finished and it never happened.

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Compared to the other teams, they're the least experienced.

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I'm an architectural technologist and building services engineer.

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-I'm an IT manager.

-I'm the grinder. If it needs grinding, I'll grind it.

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I'm about to do my first run at Bonneville Salt Flats.

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Alien is the first to ride the Mike Page Special,

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as they begin their pursuit of a 124 mph record.

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It's only 10am, but already,

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the sun's beating down well into the 40s.

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Probably got a gallon of sweat inside this suit with me right now,

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and the only way to get the heat out is threw my head with this fan.

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And I got a cold rag on top.

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The track's been open for a while now and already there's been...

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an incident.

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We had an accident on two,

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and so they take all the ambulances over there and shut everything down.

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So we can't run until the ambulances are back in place.

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If you look out there, you can see all the cars in the middle,

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that's where the accident is.

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Once they clear that up, and they get back, then we'll be back to running.

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We saw one of the first 300 mph passes of the day today,

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which is the Marrow Streamliner. And he threw the 'chute,

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and the 'chute picked up the back of the car,

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and the car turned hard right, and fired off the track at 300-plus mph.

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He was lucky, he's a very big heavy car.

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We wouldn't have got away with it.

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Our car's too light, we'd have got flicked up.

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We'd have maybe got turned over, so, er...

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just a little bit sobering for the first day back on the salt.

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If you fall off, first is to get rid of it, kick it out of your way.

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The only enemy out there is the bike itself.

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The rest of it is just hopefully slide and a bit of skin missing.

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If you break an arm, that's not a bad injury considering what we do.

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I mean, you've got to keep things in some sort of balance, haven't you?

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-If I was thinking about, "Am I going to get hurt?"

-Yes.

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-I wouldn't even be here.

-No.

-I wouldn't be doing this.

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It's a dangerous sport, riding motorcycles.

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The faster you go, the harder you're going to hit the ground.

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Speed doesn't hurt, it's the sudden stopping that hurts you.

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This isn't sitting in a car behind a windscreen,

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you know, with a seat belt on.

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You know, this is two wheels, this is 300 horsepower,

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no speed limits, all you've got to do is remember the way.

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Meanwhile, Dave and Steve may have uncovered

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why their bike suddenly lost power.

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-The whole thing seized.

-Yeah, the whole thing seized.

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-Something has gone in it.

-It's gone all over...

-Yeah.

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-Steve...

-No, I'm taking the pieces out I can see here.

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-Steve...

-Steve, you're wasting your time.

-It's everywhere.

-No.

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-It's everywhere!

-What I'm trying to do is to try and cut the pieces out

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that are jamming it from moving further forwards.

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It's everywhere. We can see it in this end.

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Look there's a piece here between there and the case.

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It ain't going to get these.

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Fucking godfathers.

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Oh, shit!

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Oh, fuck, this is... This is fucked!

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We don't know what's happened, what caused that.

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Don't ask me at the moment. I mean, don't ask me at the fucking moment!

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That's fucked! It's completely fucked!

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HE THROWS IT SHARPLY, IT THUDS ON THE COUNTER

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-That is completely and utterly fucked!

-That piece of metal has gone in there and seized completely.

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The supercharger is dead.

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-Can we get another one?

-No.

-Oh!

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-Urgh!

-No, I don't think I can.

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Man, my condolences.

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-It's eaten something.

-It has.

-It's eaten something big time.

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There's no coming back there, is there?

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-And it's literally just peeled the aluminium off the side.

-Bollocks!

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This is bad as the entire engine going bang. We don't go any more.

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-Unless we can find a new one of those from somewhere.

-We don't go any more unless we can replace that.

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Game over for us on the salt if we can't replace it.

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The rest of it is minimal. Nothing else wrong with the rest of it,

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but this is a... HE SIGHS

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Ironically, it's one of the only parts on their bespoke bike

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that they didn't hand craft themselves.

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If there's a gap between here and the case,

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air just leaks past and it won't make boost pressure.

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Despite being nearly 30 mph off the record,

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Team Page's spirits couldn't be more different.

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Bunch of idiots. I'm sure Mike would go...

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He'd be well impressed, I think, wouldn't he, that we'd done it.

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-He'd be quite chuffed, I think.

-He'd probably have 1,000 suggestions of how we could go quicker, though.

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Yeah, he'd probably be going, "What we want to do now is..."

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LAUGHTER The bike works, the bike runs.

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That's another big tick in the box for Team Page.

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HE SIGHS LOUDLY

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Well, it doesn't really matter how fast you go,

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cos it's never going to be fast enough.

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And when you get that first urge when you, "I just want to go to 200!"

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"Really, honey, I just want a car that'll go to 200, and then I'll be fine.

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"But I really want to go 225."

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Do you know how close we are to 250?

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300. This car could go 300.

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Wow! It's never fast enough. You can always go 1 mph faster.

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If you're going to set a record at Bonneville,

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this is where your record is going to come from.

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All the communications and all the timings

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all come through the main timing tower, which is where we are now.

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We're out between courses one and two at about the three-mile mark,

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which puts us in about the middle of the course.

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So we can see the cars just coming off the starting line,

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and then we can also see them finishing just past the five,

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-if it's a long-course vehicle.

-ENGINE ROARS OUTSIDE

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We've got a car coming by now.

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We control the pace of the race and the safety of the race.

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It's our job to make sure that we get all the cars down course,

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and that they get down the course safely. Period.

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Copy underway.

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Coming up next, we're going to have car 1133.

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This is the Eye Bloomfield Streamliner of Rick Pearson's The Flower of Scotland.

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He's got bigger since last year, that's what it is.

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LAUGHTER

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Having spent the last 52 weeks cooped up in a garage,

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it's finally time to see how the revamped Flower performs.

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A push vehicle is used

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to get the streamliner moving along the ten-mile track.

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And with their 300 licence still valid from last year,

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they can go straight for the record.

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ENGINE REVS That sounds good, doesn't it?

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-It sounds fantastic!

-He's off! Gone!

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Pulled the 'chute.

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-'That will be Scotland. This is Rick Pearson.'

-Ssh, ssh!

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Rick has only managed to get up to the third mile,

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where he pulled the 'chute.

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The early signs are far from promising.

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I'm going to try and mend the blower.

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I'm not going to give up, until I have to give up.

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Amateur racing, huh?

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Very annoying, but...

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We'll be back.

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Yes. The super charger is a mess, it's a big mess.

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It may not be fixable.

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I may spend all day today, and half of tomorrow trying it

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and, in the end, we fail. But at least we've tried.

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At least Steve's got some idea what it's like out there.

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I've no idea at all. Unless I can go and steal a bike from somewhere.

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Hey, guys.

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Got salt?

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I threw the 'chute and there's smoke still coming in.

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So I thought about turning it off once, and then...

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I opened the canopy up, I opened the canopy up on the course,

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using it as an airbrake, to slow the car a bit.

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It's as much as you can do to hold it up against the wind, yeah.

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But at least then the smoke cleared and I could breathe again,

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but then, actually, it probably wasn't very bright, really.

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Not an ideal start, but the team will have a week to get it right.

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Full of fighting spirit, PJ is fuelled up and ready to go.

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-Are you sure we're allowed to give him vodka, AJ?

-Yeah!

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But is it enough to get what they came for - the 175 licence?

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I like engineering and metalwork.

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I hated woodwork. If you did wrong, you couldn't put the wood back.

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But in metalwork, you could weld it back on again.

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This is carving, this is art, not metalwork.

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It's like whittling a piece of wood, but whittling a piece of aluminium.

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Whether I'll be successful, whether it'll work...

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-this time next week.

-HE LAUGHS

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What's the main reason that these people are here?

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There's only one reason - it's for a record in a book like this and...

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while it doesn't seem like much, having your name listed in this book

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means a lot to the people that are doing it.

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Just run out the back door at 157. At mile two, it was 144.

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And mile three, it's 157, so he's taken some good figures there.

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We did it, bro!

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PJ and Dave have achieved their goal.

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They're now both proud owners of a 175 licence.

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Simple lifeform gets a little bit of paper. Simple lifeform even happier.

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Woo-hoo!

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BLUR: # Woo-hoo!

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# Woo-hoo!

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# Woo-hoo! #

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HORN PARPS, ENGINE PURRS GENTLY

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As of now, I officially give up trying to repair this super charger.

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-Just now.

-He does...

-I think it's a case of flogging a dead horse.

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Dave and Steve will now spend the rest of the week

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as reluctant spectators.

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Most of the teams have their licences,

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but are getting nowhere near their records.

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You've got to more than want it, you have to earn it and part of that

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is a respect for the place, the people, for the machinery,

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to understand that there's a karma that goes back and forth.

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You have to understand the salt. You can think, "Oh, it's flat, all I need is a lot of horsepower,

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"go straight, put my foot down and have courage.

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"And, you know, and go fast as I can."

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Yeah? I'm sorry, that don't work.

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Last year, we didn't have engine problems, but transmission problems.

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It kept wrecking the gear boxes for some reason,

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but we seem to have cured one problem and generated another.

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Another engine's just scrap metal, I mean, it's, er...

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totally destroyed. Absolutely and utterly and totally destroyed.

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The only good thing that's left in it is the gearbox seems to be OK.

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Och, now, I'm fed up. At the end of the day, that's the way it goes.

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You know, it's full of lows and highs,

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I mean, the lows are really low, and the highs are really high.

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This year, the salt is unusually rough,

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and the Flower of Scotland team are not the only ones suffering.

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Started it up, and it's making an awful noise from the bottom end,

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so we've just got to pull it apart and see what's what,

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see what's wrong with it.

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-Just started up, that's a lovely lot of...

-Oh, hello.

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-Where did that just land from?

-That'll be one of the problems...

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-That's from inside the clutch. That's probably what's making a lot of noise.

-Well, that's not good.

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Let's take the clutch apart!

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Once again, Frog's engineering prowess comes to the fore.

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-I've found the hole!

-You've found the hole?

-Yeah, look.

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Let's have a look.

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A-ha!

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Found this little fella rattling around in there.

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I think that's where he's come out from.

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And we think that's the hole he's come out from. We're hoping.

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This is Team Page's first visit to Bonneville,

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but petrolheads have been coming to the salt for the last 64 years.

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Seven days dedicated to the pursuit of speed.

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It's a unique setting where new friendships will be made,

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and machines and records broken.

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Chris Ireland originally planned to come out to the flats as a team of one.

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But he has since acquired two younger assistants.

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-They're my pit wallahs.

-Thank you! 'Hard work sometimes,'

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but I wouldn't miss it for anything. It's brilliant.

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Absolutely brilliant. Really good. Apart from, you know,

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some of the views are not great, but...

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HE LAUGHS

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But, er, no, we're getting on all right.

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Chris's dedicated assistants are looking after every minor detail.

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It keeps the heat off the seat, cos the seat gets really hot,

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so when he sits down, it doesn't fry his bits, you know.

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With a few runs under his belt, Chris is brimming with confidence.

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-Hello.

-Hello!

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-Built this in England.

-Where?

-It was built in England this.

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SHE PATS HIM ON THE BACK

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-I've been doing it since I was 19.

-Wow.

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-Takes a lot of tuning to get those old Indians to run.

-Hmm.

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I'll send this home and he won't believe it.

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-Fits me better than I thought it would.

-LAUGHTER

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Each team has had at least a couple of runs down the salt.

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But for Geordie Oz, his three-year quest has been put on hold.

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It's basically an ongoing stomach problem I've had for about five years

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and, basically, it all just nips up solid and you...

0:28:090:28:12

I'm not going to go into detail,

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but basically everything backs up and it's very, very painful.

0:28:140:28:17

But, er, because there's no surgical department in Wendover,

0:28:170:28:23

we have to drive 120 miles to the emergency room,

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because, if something internally bursts, it's going to be terminal.

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So it hasn't been a case of not racing, because I don't want to,

0:28:300:28:35

it's been a case of I don't want to die from it.

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Oz's wife was due to arrive three days ago,

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but due to flight delays, she won't be turning up till later tonight.

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That'll take a lot of the stress away.

0:28:440:28:47

Like, she's always upbeat, she makes me feel better,

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just being around, so that's a good thing.

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Back on the salt, Chris' bike is a long way off the 127 mph record.

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Thank you very much.

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But he hopes he's heading in the right direction.

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Right... 80.37.

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-Oh, well done.

-Well done, that man!

-Well done.

-Getting better.

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-That's getting better! Excellent!

-That's made my day.

0:29:090:29:12

-That's excellent.

-Really chuffed. HE LAUGHS

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A dramatic change in the weather

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means the Flower have missed their chance to get a run today.

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And as the wind speeds increase,

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the lightweight car needs to be packed away for safety.

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An abrupt end with the raising of the wind, you know.

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We did intend to start her, but the battery's a bit down

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and we can't leave her out in this wind.

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Only a fool would hang about in this kind of weather, you know.

0:29:430:29:46

For some, today has been a relative success, but for the majority,

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it's been a combination of Mother Nature's wrath,

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and mechanical malfunctions.

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After nearly a week, most of the riders

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have had their chance to take on the empty plains.

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-LAUGHTER

-Are you going to get all shy?

0:30:120:30:15

Having just arrived, Oz's wife Becks has persuaded him to have a run,

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figuring that the best cure for cabin fever is a dose of salt.

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-It's not the same when we're not together, is it?

-No.

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It takes the fun out of it, we're a team, like,

0:30:260:30:28

-and that's the long and short of it.

-Yeah.

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# I'm on the road again... #

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This'll be his first day out on the salt,

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so I think it'll be a major relief to him

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just to get up the salt and do a run, and see how the bike is.

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And see whether all the work he's done pays off.

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He's still in a lot of pain, and he's not eaten anything,

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so that'll add to the general tiredness and fatigue.

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And then there's the stress, but I mean, if he gets on the bike

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and it runs well, then I think a lot of that stress will dissipate.

0:31:020:31:06

I can't describe it, it's not nervousness,

0:31:060:31:09

but the tension is there. You so want him to do it.

0:31:090:31:12

But at the same time,

0:31:130:31:15

there's that feeling of, "God, what if something goes wrong?"

0:31:150:31:18

Oz's record sits at 195 mph,

0:31:200:31:24

but clearly glad to be back in the saddle,

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he has just one thing in mind.

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I've no strategy when I get on the bike at all.

0:31:290:31:32

Just nail it really right and see where it goes to, like, you know.

0:31:320:31:36

Car 1133, go.

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ENGINE STRUGGLES

0:31:580:32:01

Back at the start of the long track, the Flower is holding up the line.

0:32:010:32:06

Let somebody else go, if you want. If there's somebody ready to go.

0:32:090:32:13

-We'll only be two minutes, I'm sorry.

-Sorry.

-Let him go.

-Let him go?

0:32:130:32:16

Let him go, Jim.

0:32:160:32:19

Oz has reached mile marker three.

0:32:200:32:22

I don't know whether I was going fast or not.

0:32:220:32:25

I had it wound out in fifth and sixth, I think,

0:32:250:32:28

so I presume it was doing...

0:32:280:32:31

145 plus. I presume, but I really don't know.

0:32:310:32:34

It looked good, you looked like you had a good line out there,

0:32:340:32:37

-it looked all right.

-Yeah.

0:32:370:32:39

Call it a day for today, and then tomorrow start racing proper.

0:32:390:32:41

Don't want to rush into it.

0:32:410:32:43

Not 100%, but good enough to spank it up the salt at full tilt, ain't I?

0:32:450:32:48

HE LAUGHS

0:32:480:32:51

But, er...no, that was good. It was good.

0:32:510:32:54

How could you not be proud of someone who's worked so hard

0:32:540:32:58

to make that happen, and then has gone out and done it, and...

0:32:580:33:03

Yeah, I'm really proud of him.

0:33:030:33:05

Oz hit a maximum speed of 149 mph,

0:33:050:33:10

and now, it's Rick's turn to post a good time.

0:33:100:33:12

Turn the radio on, let's hear what we got.

0:33:120:33:15

Look at the tail! It's got a booster tail on it now!

0:33:150:33:18

-It looks pretty good.

-He's gone!

0:33:180:33:20

Things might look good from the crew vehicle,

0:33:200:33:23

but at the business end, it's a different story.

0:33:230:33:27

What is that out here on the right?

0:33:390:33:41

All these people gathered up in this spot.

0:33:410:33:43

-That's a car, isn't it?

-A car.

-It's an ambulance going down.

0:33:430:33:47

Right out here to your right, where all these people are, that's him.

0:33:470:33:50

-Yeah, something green there.

-That's him, take a right.

0:33:500:33:54

-I can see the car.

-Is that him, is it?

0:33:540:33:57

Unknown to me, they'd been shouting "fire" for quite some distance.

0:33:570:34:00

Basically, we'd had a fuel pipe come off,

0:34:000:34:02

so we were spraying methanol around the engine bay

0:34:020:34:05

and that had caught and blown up.

0:34:050:34:06

I found a turn off, stopped the car, and bailed out the left-hand side,

0:34:060:34:10

and as I piled out, I heard the, "Fire, fire!"

0:34:100:34:13

I turned round, the guy was there with the fire bottle,

0:34:130:34:16

and he said, very politely,

0:34:160:34:17

"Sir, you have paint blistering, you are on fire."

0:34:170:34:20

Hey, I got paint blistering! Fire! Bring me CO2 quickly.

0:34:200:34:24

-Goddamit!

-And then, basically, I just said, "Knock yourself out,"

0:34:240:34:27

and they started spraying halon into the engine bay to sort the fire out.

0:34:270:34:31

LOUD SPRAYING

0:34:310:34:34

You have a fire access? Cos you got flame in there.

0:34:340:34:37

-Watch your hands, guys.

-SPRAYING CONTINUES

0:34:370:34:40

We had a medic on the scene to check me over,

0:34:400:34:42

make sure I hadn't any smoke inhalation, and, um,

0:34:420:34:45

they've basically saved the day cos they got the fire out on the car.

0:34:450:34:49

Although she looks pretty bad, um, it's cosmetic.

0:34:490:34:52

The team will spend the rest of the afternoon preparing the streamliner

0:34:520:34:56

for the final full day on the salt.

0:34:560:34:58

With the end of speed week in sight,

0:35:240:35:26

the teams are realising how hard it is to claim a record on the salt.

0:35:260:35:30

Well, yesterday, I spent all day adjusting the valve clearances,

0:35:300:35:34

changing the jets, fitting different sprockets on it,

0:35:340:35:38

and then I ran 5 mph slower.

0:35:380:35:40

HE LAUGHS

0:35:400:35:42

Yeah, no hurry.

0:35:420:35:44

Even eternally buoyant Team Page is suffering.

0:35:460:35:50

Yesterday, we had fuel issues, then we had electrical issues,

0:35:500:35:53

and then we had a fairly vital piece of the framework snapped.

0:35:530:35:57

And we needed to get some welding done this morning first thing,

0:35:570:36:00

so it's time to go through it all again now

0:36:000:36:03

and see what the problem is.

0:36:030:36:05

I'd say our chance of breaking the record

0:36:050:36:08

is slim to none at the moment.

0:36:080:36:10

I don't think Mike wants to go this fast yet, he's not ready.

0:36:100:36:13

-He's a bit of a old timer.

-HE LAUGHS

0:36:130:36:16

-You talking about me again?

-No, I'm talking about Mike.

-Oh, right.

0:36:160:36:20

This is the third run. Another engine. Hopefully no fires.

0:36:200:36:24

Er... No, should be all right.

0:36:240:36:27

Everything's been checked, double checked and checked again, so...

0:36:270:36:30

but out here, things happen, things go wrong.

0:36:300:36:33

If we can make it to the five-mile mark, I'll be happy.

0:36:330:36:36

Make a full pass. If we make it to the five mile,

0:36:360:36:38

we should be going quickly to get there, so we'll see.

0:36:380:36:40

Beautiful piece, love it.

0:36:400:36:42

Still a funny colour, though. HE LAUGHS

0:36:420:36:46

There's not many green cars here, so we had to have something different,

0:36:460:36:50

and the flower of Scotland is green and purple, you know,

0:36:500:36:53

-so we had to have it, you know.

-It goes back generations

0:36:530:36:55

that green is considered a bad luck colour on a race car.

0:36:550:36:59

Bonneville sits nearly 4,500 feet above sea level,

0:36:590:37:05

but there's a price riders have been paying

0:37:050:37:07

for this relatively untouched landscape.

0:37:070:37:09

The thinner air makes combustion engines work even harder

0:37:090:37:13

converting fuel into power.

0:37:130:37:16

I'm just changing the fuel now, because a couple of the racers

0:37:160:37:20

have told me that this high octane stuff is doing more harm than good.

0:37:200:37:24

So I'm going to try ordinary pump petrol in it now,

0:37:240:37:26

see if that makes a difference.

0:37:260:37:27

I mean, the engine is running really nice,

0:37:270:37:29

but it just pull any revs at the top end.

0:37:290:37:32

So it's not getting enough fuel or oxygen, one of the two.

0:37:320:37:36

But the altitude and rough terrain

0:37:370:37:40

are not the only things they have to contend with.

0:37:400:37:43

Out here, anything can happen.

0:37:430:37:45

-Damn it, damn it!

-He's good, he's good, he's good!

0:37:490:37:52

-What the fuck did he do there?

-We pushed him over.

0:37:550:37:58

-We did so. Reward of the day for saving that.

-I know.

-For sure.

0:37:580:38:02

-Moving pretty good.

-He's probably got a big fright, to be quite fair.

0:38:020:38:06

If he didn't, he's not human, you know.

0:38:060:38:09

'Back on course number one, it's mile four for car 1133.

0:38:090:38:13

'Flower of Scotland is 250.916 for car 1133.'

0:38:130:38:19

250.916.

0:38:190:38:21

250 mph is the best speed they've posted this week.

0:38:210:38:25

But Rick has to bail out early once again.

0:38:270:38:30

It seems there's more coming out the back than just the 'chute.

0:38:300:38:34

Now we're going to have to tell Rick what a hero he is

0:38:340:38:37

and we know he'll not be comfortable with that.

0:38:370:38:40

Look at him, cool as a cucumber! A walk in the park.

0:38:400:38:43

It looked like it was virtually going teeter, teeter, teeter, then went.

0:38:430:38:47

-Well, I steered into it.

-I know! He steered into it! Click!

0:38:470:38:51

Something like that, yeah!

0:38:510:38:53

Having averted one disaster, another becomes apparent.

0:38:530:38:57

The chain has, er, come off the back. Got a broken chain.

0:38:570:39:03

So something's gone on, there's oil dripping out of the back of it.

0:39:030:39:06

The rear parachute's got oil all over it here.

0:39:060:39:08

That is, er...

0:39:110:39:13

..not very healthy.

0:39:140:39:16

Rick's been slowly inching up on this record.

0:39:160:39:19

It's been a very rough week for Rick.

0:39:190:39:21

They received the car about four days later than they should have,

0:39:210:39:24

put them a little behind schedule,

0:39:240:39:26

but none the less, they worked very hard to get here.

0:39:260:39:28

Back in the pits, the post-race assessment continues.

0:39:280:39:32

What I do want to see is just a broken chain

0:39:320:39:34

and no other damage, you know.

0:39:340:39:35

That's the chain, the front drive chain.

0:39:430:39:45

It has water spraying onto the chain to keep it cool

0:39:450:39:47

and, for some reason, it's got very hot, and it's broken.

0:39:470:39:52

We'll have to see what damage the chain's done when it's come off,

0:39:520:39:55

cos like it'll flail more, and just chew everything in front of it,

0:39:550:39:59

so we'll get this open and have a look and see.

0:39:590:40:02

They'll now need to take out the engine again,

0:40:020:40:04

in order to check the transmission and see if anything needs replacing.

0:40:040:40:08

The real important thing we can do at this time is the ice cream van.

0:40:100:40:13

Ice cream vans are like policemen - you never get one when you need one.

0:40:130:40:17

ICE CREAM JINGLE PLAYS

0:40:170:40:20

For the previous two years, we've broken other things,

0:40:200:40:23

and clearly the fire yesterday was a major setback for the car.

0:40:230:40:27

The poor little thing is pretty wounded,

0:40:270:40:29

and it's a lot to ask at this point to, er, to expect her to keep going.

0:40:290:40:34

-But, er...

-Well, the gearbox is still intact.

-No?

-Yeah.

0:40:340:40:39

Oil dropping out, it's absolutely brand new.

0:40:390:40:42

So the gearbox and engine have survived?

0:40:420:40:45

We've got a leak somewhere, but as I say,

0:40:450:40:47

we're not replacing anything, we're just... We'll cure the leak.

0:40:470:40:51

-Let's fire on.

-LAUGHTER

0:40:530:40:56

And it's not only Rick and Derek

0:40:560:40:58

that lady luck has changed the fortunes of.

0:40:580:41:01

As you do in motorsport, somebody's offered me a ride.

0:41:020:41:05

You can't turn it down, can you?

0:41:050:41:08

Yeah, we're letting our mate Dave Branch go out, cos, you know,

0:41:080:41:10

him and Steve have worked so hard on that bike.

0:41:100:41:13

Dave has practically hand engineered every part of that bike.

0:41:130:41:16

They've brought it all the way to America and, er,

0:41:160:41:19

Steve got a nice little run on an 80 mph record, he went 129.

0:41:190:41:23

And the blower packed up.

0:41:230:41:25

The only part that Dave hadn't built has let him down.

0:41:250:41:28

So we said he can take a shot on that.

0:41:280:41:30

Hopefully, he'll have a nice run and get his licence.

0:41:300:41:33

To get his 150 licence,

0:41:350:41:37

Dave needs to keep the bike between 125 mph and 150.

0:41:370:41:42

PJ's last run of a 164 shows the bike has more than enough clout.

0:41:420:41:48

Having had just one run on the bike,

0:41:520:41:55

it's a disappointing end to Oz's week.

0:41:550:41:58

So the bike is loaded up now to take back to the camp site.

0:42:000:42:04

It's a bit upsetting, to be honest, because...

0:42:040:42:08

we've only managed one run up the salt.

0:42:080:42:11

He's been so ill that that one run was really all he could do,

0:42:110:42:14

and it wiped him out for the rest of the day.

0:42:140:42:17

It's upsetting, because there's 3½ years' work in that bike.

0:42:170:42:21

But I would rather have him home in one piece,

0:42:210:42:26

than him be so ill. So he's on the mend,

0:42:260:42:30

and the bike will come home and we'll be back again sometime.

0:42:300:42:34

With his super charger shredded,

0:42:340:42:37

Dave has finally got his ride up the salt on a borrowed bike,

0:42:370:42:41

his kind benefactor just behind him.

0:42:410:42:44

Can't wait to see his face at the other end, really.

0:42:440:42:47

I hope he's got a real nice smile on it.

0:42:470:42:50

-Oh, bollocks!

-Oh, well, it's no big deal.

0:42:500:42:53

Watch your glasses.

0:42:530:42:55

-I completely lost on the gear changes.

-It don't matter.

-It does!

0:42:550:42:59

-Eugh!

-What did you do?

-Not a lot. I got mixed up with my bloody gears.

0:42:590:43:03

-Where did you do 154 mph?

-Did I? I didn't realise I'd got that far.

0:43:030:43:07

-154.

-Did I?

-153.

-Was it?

-That'll be about 153.

0:43:070:43:12

-Oh, well. Well, perhaps I didn't get them mixed, then.

-Well done, mate.

0:43:120:43:16

I didn't know where the hell they bloody was!

0:43:160:43:19

-The trouble is you might be told off.

-Probably.

0:43:190:43:22

Right, go and get in the van. Let's get you out of these, all right.

0:43:220:43:25

But I thought I'd made a mess of it. I just...

0:43:250:43:27

I thought I'd mixed all the gears up, but apparently I hadn't,

0:43:270:43:31

so I've actually just gone quicker than I should've done.

0:43:310:43:33

It's a smile.

0:43:330:43:36

That what we wanted. A smile.

0:43:360:43:38

I didn't organise any of this. It's these guys.

0:43:380:43:41

Yeah, didn't know about it, at all.

0:43:410:43:43

We were on the salt this morning watching,

0:43:430:43:46

he tells us he's got a ride.

0:43:460:43:48

And here we are now, about three hours later,

0:43:480:43:51

he's not going to get the helmet back on with that grin.

0:43:510:43:55

Really, really proud of you, well done.

0:43:570:43:59

So we've been to Bonneville twice,

0:44:020:44:04

-and twice you've gone faster than me.

-Oh, well.

0:44:040:44:06

Long may it continue. LAUGHTER

0:44:060:44:09

Didn't do this in grand prix racing.

0:44:130:44:15

You get caught in someone else's bay, they'll probably shoot you.

0:44:150:44:18

Imagine Lewis saying to Red Bull, "Mine's broken, can I play with yours?"

0:44:180:44:21

-LAUGHTER

-That's not going to happen.

0:44:210:44:23

It's the last full day of racing.

0:44:380:44:41

The once-flat salt surface has rapidly deteriorated,

0:44:410:44:44

making each pass even harder.

0:44:440:44:47

Undeterred, Rick is still hungry for a record.

0:44:470:44:51

To get the blue cap, we need to break a record at over 300 mph.

0:44:510:44:54

There's a real challenge to getting one of those hats

0:44:560:44:58

here at Bonneville, that's why there's only 75 blue hats ever.

0:44:580:45:01

And there's six Brits, there's only two living Brits.

0:45:010:45:04

You know, it's a very elite club.

0:45:040:45:08

On course now, we've got vehicle 1133,

0:45:080:45:10

Rick Pearson's the Flower of Scotland.

0:45:100:45:13

Class record currently stands at 313.980.

0:45:130:45:17

All right, guys, stop him and strap him, get him in there.

0:45:170:45:20

If they can match or better the current record,

0:45:240:45:27

an average over two runs will be taken

0:45:270:45:30

and Rick could join the infamous 300 club.

0:45:300:45:33

VOICES ON RADIO

0:45:430:45:46

-He's going away now.

-I can just see the rooster tail.

0:45:460:45:49

RADIO CONTINUES, VOICE DISTORTED

0:45:490:45:53

The bright green streamliner goes through mile four with a speed of...

0:45:560:46:00

215.916.

0:46:000:46:04

And here is the 'chute, and the car slows, as it goes into mile five.

0:46:040:46:09

'About 100 mph short of the record.'

0:46:090:46:11

HE SIGHS: He looked to be going away really well, but then...

0:46:110:46:15

200 mph's crap!

0:46:180:46:20

Rick's streamliner is not the only vehicle

0:46:200:46:22

to have taken such a beating from the salt this week.

0:46:220:46:25

Team Page's Triumph Bonneville was built to break a 124 mph record

0:46:250:46:31

as a tribute to their friend.

0:46:310:46:33

So far, it's managed only 90 mph and the bike is on its last legs.

0:46:350:46:41

Fingers crossed, if it starts up now, we're going to get it together,

0:46:410:46:45

take it back down the bottom end,

0:46:450:46:47

and we're going to run it and drop his ashes, so...

0:46:470:46:49

We think we can probably get it to run well enough to do one more run.

0:46:490:46:53

And then, we'll do the do.

0:46:530:46:56

We've built the bike, we've got it here, we've all had a ride,

0:46:560:46:59

we've all got our licences, mission successful, as far as I'm concerned.

0:46:590:47:03

-I don't know about the rest of you guys.

-Yeah.

0:47:030:47:05

Come on, Mike, one more.

0:47:050:47:06

ENGINE STARTS

0:47:060:47:09

ENGINE REVS LOUDLY

0:47:120:47:15

With Team Page's bike defying the odds once again,

0:47:150:47:19

it's down to chief engineer Derek

0:47:190:47:20

to pinpoint the streamliner's latest mechanical failure.

0:47:200:47:25

Now there we go.

0:47:250:47:26

That is the bottom of the spark plug. For some reason, it sheared...

0:47:260:47:30

If I can get this off of here, I will show you.

0:47:310:47:34

That originally was in there.

0:47:340:47:39

So, after the two, he was running on three cylinders.

0:47:390:47:43

We ran on three cylinders, which we'd done a 200 mph pass.

0:47:430:47:46

He now holds the record for a 750 cc car.

0:47:460:47:49

-LAUGHTER

-If only, yeah.

0:47:490:47:51

So we put a fresh one in and should be good to go reasonably quickly.

0:47:510:47:55

All week, the team have fought hard in the face of adversity

0:47:550:47:59

and now need to rally for one last assault on the record.

0:47:590:48:03

I've been here for a week, had some pretty good runs,

0:48:040:48:06

and this is the last one, so we're really going to go for it.

0:48:060:48:10

Despite all his hard work, Chris is well off the 123 mph record,

0:48:100:48:15

but hopes his Indian will have left a lasting impression.

0:48:150:48:18

In the 1,000 cc motorcycle category...

0:48:200:48:23

..you will see Burt Monro. He had an Indian, 1967, 183 mph.

0:48:250:48:34

That record from 1967 still stands today.

0:48:340:48:38

And that, I think, is a tribute

0:48:380:48:40

to how crafty some of these individuals can be,

0:48:400:48:43

including a man from New Zealand who made his own pistons,

0:48:430:48:48

built his own bike, and brought it over here and had great success.

0:48:480:48:51

And to this day, his record still stands. I think that's pretty cool.

0:48:510:48:55

Inspired by Burt's legacy,

0:48:580:49:00

Chris and his well-oiled pit crew are primed for one last push.

0:49:000:49:04

The thing to learn from what Chris has done here is,

0:49:200:49:22

if you want something hard enough, you can get it.

0:49:220:49:25

But you've got to work and push it. I mean, he's really worked at it.

0:49:250:49:29

I definitely think Britain has forgotten about people

0:49:290:49:31

who use their hands to, you know, build stuff

0:49:310:49:34

and they need to remember that.

0:49:340:49:36

The engine is 70 years old.

0:49:360:49:39

1942. It was left here after the war.

0:49:390:49:43

-'Chris has just brought it back to America and raced it down the salt flats at Bonneville.'

-Good girl.

0:49:430:49:48

How much better can you get than that?

0:49:480:49:50

Chris has reached a very respectable top speed of 81.5 mph,

0:49:520:49:58

twice the speed of the original bike.

0:49:580:50:00

-All right?

-LAUGHTER

0:50:000:50:03

Congratulations, you old fucker, you!

0:50:030:50:06

-'Look at that!'

-Well done.

-Well done.

0:50:060:50:08

'They're just having the best time of their little boy lives.

0:50:080:50:11

'I don't care how much grey hair is on their head,

0:50:110:50:13

'they are having a great time. And that's the whole point of it.'

0:50:130:50:16

This is an elixir of youth, you're doing something,

0:50:160:50:20

you have worth, you put relevance back into your own life.

0:50:200:50:23

With the day coming to an end,

0:50:290:50:31

the Flower must now get a successful pass of at least 313 mph.

0:50:310:50:38

It's like a cat with nine lives, we just don't know to kill it.

0:50:410:50:43

We've had it on fire. We tried to turn it over.

0:50:430:50:46

We've blown up everything in it that we can blow up

0:50:460:50:48

and it's still running, so we're going to give it another shot.

0:50:480:50:51

As Rick puts pedal to metal, the team all know it's make or break.

0:50:530:50:59

Do us a favour and just pull one of these legs off for us.

0:51:100:51:13

-Do I have to be in this shot?

-HE LAUGHS

0:51:130:51:15

LAUGHTER CONTINUES

0:51:180:51:20

Please don't show this to my kids.

0:51:200:51:22

Oh, dear.

0:51:270:51:29

-I didn't sign up for that, Jim.

-The things you do for glory.

-I know!

0:51:310:51:36

These two have never met in their lives and they're now best mates.

0:51:360:51:40

Yeah, picked me up at the airport. It's the first I'd seen him.

0:51:400:51:43

It's all about making friends, and everybody helping each other.

0:51:430:51:48

All the other race teams, everybody helps each other here.

0:51:480:51:52

-For the final time. Are you right?

-Got it.

0:51:520:51:55

I think the best thing was we've missed the Olympics as well.

0:51:550:51:58

LAUGHTER

0:51:580:52:01

I think he's broke the gearbox. Sad.

0:52:030:52:07

That'll be it. It'll be over. That's why I was out there.

0:52:070:52:11

It's one of my favourite places on the planet,

0:52:110:52:14

and, er, don't even know if you'll make it back, do you?

0:52:140:52:17

So you just enjoy the moment.

0:52:170:52:20

Yeah, it was worth it, every minute.

0:52:220:52:25

And all the struggling financially to get here.

0:52:250:52:27

I think we've amazed all the Americans.

0:52:360:52:39

I think they were pretty impressed with us,

0:52:390:52:41

especially by the machines we've brought with us.

0:52:410:52:44

I mean, our pit has been full of visitors all week,

0:52:440:52:47

always someone coming round to talk to us.

0:52:470:52:49

LAUGHTER

0:52:490:52:52

Some fella came up to the van, and I was sat in my leathers,

0:52:520:52:55

and he said, "I just want to thank you," he said...

0:52:550:52:58

"If it wasn't for you, and your film, I wouldn't be here."

0:52:580:53:03

And he thought I was Burt Monro, the world's fastest Indian.

0:53:030:53:07

-Anything to see?

-Oh, yeah, have a look there.

0:53:110:53:14

There's a tooth came off one of the gears and, erm,

0:53:200:53:23

what happens is it jams against something else and it just explodes the casings.

0:53:230:53:27

So...we're done in gearbox wise.

0:53:270:53:30

Maybe see if we can build one up again, but don't see the point now.

0:53:300:53:35

Run out of time, run out of luck.

0:53:350:53:38

No, we've achieved nothing, in my terms, this week.

0:53:380:53:42

Everybody's gutted, um...

0:53:420:53:45

No, we came to do 300 mph, we came to break a record at 320 and, er...

0:53:450:53:50

-I hate to break in this interview. Mind if we finish, er...?

-Go on.

0:53:500:53:55

I don't think the gearbox is away.

0:53:550:53:58

I think it's actually the jack shaft, the secondary shaft is knackered.

0:53:580:54:02

-You're joking?

-No. It's still alive.

0:54:020:54:05

HE LAUGHS Kenny's actually sussed it.

0:54:050:54:10

I don't know whether it's totally alive, but the gearbox is intact.

0:54:100:54:14

It's the jack shaft. I mean, I need to go and find bearings and whatnot,

0:54:140:54:20

but as I say, at this minute in time, it might not be totally dead.

0:54:200:54:23

But I'll tell you this much... Terry cannot believe it.

0:54:230:54:27

There's no way that little car can get up and run again.

0:54:270:54:30

I just wouldn't bet too much on it, I just wouldn't bet too much on it.

0:54:300:54:34

They never give up.

0:54:340:54:36

I just asked them to push it out the back and take photographs of it.

0:54:360:54:39

Um, to be fair, though, she's so wounded that, even if they fix that,

0:54:390:54:45

I'm not sure we can do 300 mph this week, but, er...

0:54:450:54:48

I'm not going to stop them.

0:54:480:54:50

Should you use super glue for this? LAUGHTER

0:54:500:54:53

I'm going to staple it on. Careful, honey.

0:54:530:54:56

Mike would have liked the silliness now.

0:54:560:54:59

The shirts and 'taches, he'd love. He'd have lapped it up.

0:54:590:55:01

LAUGHTER WOMEN: Our beautiful 'taches!

0:55:010:55:04

-Hello!

-Hi!

-You look like a young Terry-Thomas, you cad!

0:55:040:55:07

We're all 'tached up. 'Taches everywhere.

0:55:090:55:12

-Dude!

-Come on.

0:55:130:55:16

Hippy will take the Mike Page Special out

0:55:180:55:21

for the last time.

0:55:210:55:23

It's a poignant moment, as he heads out on to the salt

0:55:390:55:43

to scatter the ashes of his old school friend.

0:55:430:55:47

MUSIC: "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" by Pink Floyd

0:55:470:55:51

To Mikey man!

0:55:550:55:57

We achieved it. LAUGHTER

0:55:590:56:02

-EXCITED CHATTER

-You've done it.

0:56:040:56:07

Yes! Ha-ha! Where are you, hippy?

0:56:100:56:14

# Nobody knows where you are

0:56:140:56:17

# How near or how far

0:56:200:56:23

# Shine on you crazy diamond... #

0:56:240:56:31

-Going to get any AC?

-I'm happy sitting here for a minute.

0:56:330:56:37

-Are you?

-Yeah.

-Fine. Take your time, mate.

0:56:370:56:39

Buddy.

0:56:420:56:45

I shouted him all the way.

0:56:450:56:47

-How did it go?

-All right, actually. Still gotta break a record with it.

0:56:480:56:52

Hopefully, back here some day maybe,

0:56:520:56:55

but if not, we'll do it somewhere else.

0:56:550:56:57

Well, if we break a record with it,

0:56:570:56:58

we still put Mike's name in the record books,

0:56:580:57:01

-cos it's now the Mike Page Special, and it always will be.

-Yeah.

0:57:010:57:04

-To Mikey man.

-Yeah.

-Woo-hoo!

-Yeah, let's go crack a cold one.

0:57:040:57:08

Yeah, let's do it.

0:57:080:57:10

EVERYONE CHATTERS

0:57:100:57:14

-I can push!

-LAUGHTER

0:57:140:57:16

Get away from it, Captain Hook(!)

0:57:160:57:19

Leave my little pinkie alone!

0:57:190:57:21

# You reached for the secret too soon

0:57:210:57:25

# You cried for the moon

0:57:270:57:30

-# Shine on you crazy diamond!

-You crazy diamond! #

0:57:310:57:38

Top man when he was around. Loved him to bits.

0:57:420:57:45

-Well missed.

-Could've picked a better bike.

0:57:450:57:48

LAUGHTER Yeah, he could, yeah.

0:57:480:57:50

-I think this proves we haven't stopped thinking about him and won't stop thinking about him.

-Absolutely.

0:57:500:57:55

Sitting in the cabin by yourself feeling ill is not good.

0:57:550:57:59

When you got your best mate with you, it makes it so much better.

0:57:590:58:02

-Eee...

-THEY LAUGH

0:58:020:58:05

This trip's not been about making records, it's just...

0:58:070:58:09

It's almost like a pilgrimage.

0:58:090:58:11

It's been absolutely brilliant. I mean, I've made new friends.

0:58:110:58:14

Everybody's helped each other out.

0:58:140:58:16

What's it like in one word? Proper!

0:58:160:58:20

We came, we saw, we got the hell kicked out of us,

0:58:200:58:23

but that's what this place is all about.

0:58:230:58:25

Was it worth it? It was definitely worth it.

0:58:250:58:28

No matter what class you're in, whether it's a 50, or a 2½ litre class on a bike, you earn it.

0:58:280:58:34

You're not given anything out there ever.

0:58:340:58:37

People think it's easy, you know.

0:58:370:58:39

Well, if it's easy, guys, come and have a go, cos it ain't easy.

0:58:390:58:42

DAVID BOWIE: # We can all pull on through

0:58:430:58:47

# Get there in the end

0:58:470:58:51

# Sometimes, it'll take you right up

0:58:510:58:54

# And sometimes down again

0:58:540:58:57

# It ain't easy! It ain't easy!

0:58:570:59:04

# It ain't easy to get to heaven when you're going down... #

0:59:040:59:10

Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd

0:59:160:59:19

Bill Nighy narrates the story of how every year thousands of petrol heads descend upon a dried up salt lake bed in Bonneville, Utah.

Men from all over the world come to this truly unique setting with their bespoke vehicles - they all have just one plan, to drive them as fast as they can and hopefully join an elite group: the fastest men on earth.

This is a story of a group of British amateur engineers who are willing to risk life and limb on their home made machines - six very different vehicles, six very different reasons for coming - all building speed machines in a quest to hold a Bonneville record.

This follows the men and their machines for a week of land speed racing on the Bonneville salt flats. It is a place where either parts or records are broken. Do any of our teams have what it takes to get a Bonneville record?