TOP 1 ACK ATTACK Seeks Better Salt At Salar de Uyuni
SAN MATEO, CA – June 28, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – For six years the TOP 1 ACK ATTACK team has returned to the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats hoping to exceed their own land speed record of 376.363 mph/605.697 km/h… and for six years they have seen the salt flooded and shrinking. If the builder Mike Akatiff and pilot Rocky Robinson were going to reset the record books, they needed better salt! This need for speed resulted in the fastest motorcycle in history being bound for Bolivia for the Top Of The World Landspeed Challenge August 3-8, 2017.
“Mike Akatiff and the TOP 1 oil company want to be the first 400mph motorcycle, so they approached us about three years ago and asked if I was interested in going to Bolivia,” says Mike Cook. “Hell yeah!” After organizing the Land Speed Shootout at Bonneville for more than a decade, LSR racing legend Mike Cook knows more about what it takes to set a record than any man alive. He will be handling logistics and timing/FIM coordination in Bolivia, just as he does in Bonneville. Cook and TOP 1 execs went to Bolivia back in March to survey the salt to find a suitable place to lay out a course and grease the skids for TOP 1 to take over the Salar de Uyuni salt with the Bolivian brass.
“André Rodrigues has been working for years to make this possible. We met with Álvaro Marcelo García Linera, the vice president of Bolivia… what a gentleman he is,” says Cook. “He said you have your race track… go set the record!” The following day, the group travelled to Uyuni to survey the salt. “We were only able to lay out 20 miles of perfect salt course because we were running low on gas.”
“I’ve always known the Bonneville Salt Flats as being two miles wide, at the most, and maybe 10 miles long,” says Cook. “You come here to Bolivia and it just takes your breath away! There is salt 100 miles in any direction.” In fact, the remote Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq./mi). “The salt is more than a foot deep for miles in any direction,” says Mike Cook. By way of comparison Bonneville’s crust is only a couple inches deep at its best.
“I have been 300mph on a quarter inch of salt… here we were standing on salt more than a foot thick,” exclaims Cook. “Honestly, we could go racing next week.”
“The conditions are perfect, the ACK ATTACK is loaded into the container and all systems are go,” notes TOP 1 VP of Sales & Marketing Frank Ryan. “Thanks to Mike, André, Phil Gillies and all of our TOP 1 distributors in Latin America there is no reason why Top Of The World Landspeed Challenge can’t succeed in beating 400mph. Special thanks to the Bolivian Ministry of Tourism and vice president Álvaro Marcelo García Linera for sharing our vision and making the record attempt possible. Together TOP 1 and ACK ATTACK can do the impossible!”
About TOP 1 Oil
Founded in 1979 by William “Bill” Ryan, the TOP 1 Oil Products Company has traveled a path that has taken the company from startup to now being identified as a premium synthetic lubricant brand. Marketed and distributed globally, TOP 1 has built its brand by developing long-term partnerships and producing the highest quality products. TOP 1 prides itself as being an American brand and being run by the 2nd and 3rd generations of the Ryan Family. For more information visit www.top1oil.com visit and connect on Facebook @top1oil, Twitter @top1oilusa, and Instagram @top1oilusa. http://top1oil.com/
About the ACK ATTACK
Built by Mike Akatiff, owner of Ack Technologies, an avionics company, the ACK ATTACK is a brilliant piece of engineering. Chief Engineer Akatiff, pilot Rocky Robinson, and team have set the Land Speed Record on three separate occasions, first in 2006 and then breaking their own record in 2008 and 2010 with a current record of 376.363 mph. The 20-foot long streamliner is powered by a pair of turbocharged/intercooled Suzuki Hayabusa engines, producing more than 1000bhp. The quest to be the world’s fastest motorcycle hasn’t been easy – the ACK ATTACK crashed three times during record runs, in 2004, 2007 (when it rolled 16 times) and 2011 – but with great risks come great rewards. http://top1ackattack.com/
About Mike Cook
LSR racing legend Mike Cook is handling logistics and timing/FIA coordination in Bolivia, just as he does in Bonneville. Mike Cook’s Bonneville Shootout, established in 2006, is the world’s premier land-speed racing event LandSpeedEvents.com. It is sanctioned by the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’ Automobile) and FIM (Federation Internationale de’ Motorcyclisme). As such, strict oversight is applied to event organization, timing, and conduct. Records set receive full recognition throughout the racing world. Only the fastest land-speed racers apply. The shootout was originally established as an invitation-only event for 400-mph streamlined race vehicles. The popularity of the event has grown to the extent that anyone desiring their name in the FIA or FIM world record book is welcome to apply.
About Ace Cafe
Ace Cafe is the most famous motor-diner on the planet. Since 1938, Ace Cafe London has been a mecca for those passionate about cars, bikes and rock ’n roll culture. The original location on London’s North Circular Road began as a simple roadside cafe for truckers, then evolved into a popular destination for rock ‘n roll- loving teens riding motorbikes during the ’50s and ’60s. Today, the Ace has a multi-generational appeal from motorsports enthusiasts from all over the world. Ace Cafe North America holds the exclusive licensee rights in North America and South America for this world-famous brand. Ace Cafe Orlando is the first North American venue for Ace Cafe. For more information, visit www.acecafeusa.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter @AceCafeOrlando and Instagram @acecafeorlando_official. #GOAceCafeOrlando #AceCafeOrlando #SpeedThrillsTeaSpills
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