I heard an interview with the new fastest woman, Trillium Muir from Sudbury Ontario which is pretty close to here, on Radio Canada recently. Extraordinary achievement, especially considering the day's poignant tragedy:
This past September, when Muir once again returned to Maxton's East Coast Timing Association
North Carolina (originally a World War II air base runway at 210' asl) in an attempt to regain her title, Dave Owen, a fellow racer who had taught Muir the proper tuck position for land-speed riders, was doing a run following his son when he crashed at 215 mph and died at the scene. For the close-knit group of racers, the accident was devastating. "Everyone in the pits including me was crying," Muir says, "and all I wanted to do was load the bike in the truck and go home." Owen's son Josh, 20, spoke to the crowd about an hour later: "It would be my father's wishes that the racing continue." Three hours later, the competitors lined up once again to take a run. For Muir, this would probably be her final opportunity of the season to regain her title. Remembering everything Owen had taught her about how to hold a proper racing tuck, she blasted down the measured mile at 239.11750 mph to regain the title of world's fastest woman.
Next year, Muir plans to return to the max-ton mile, but she is aware that there's a limit to how fast she can go. "My goal next year is to go 250 mph. If I achieve that, I will climb off the bike and never make another land-speed record attempt."
Dave Owen on a turbo Busa at Maxton speedway: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQG14pJU9xA