English Beat: Moxley at the Elvington Top Speed Show

There was a great turnout of both crowds and various machines at the Elvington Top Speed Show on February 25-26. Organizers Graham Sykes and Straightliners’ Trevor Duckworth were also pleased with the turnout.

The heated tents had drag, sprint and land speed machines on display. Despite intermittent showers on both days, some cars and bikes did some demos on the runway during the two day event.

The late Brian Johnson’s classic “Imperial Wizard”

Keith Edwards bought the Brian Johnson “Imperial Wizard” from Otto Knebl and has restored it back to the original colour scheme that Johnson had when he rode it. Edwards said it still has the original cylinder head and datalogger, but they cannot get an original fuel pump because they are no longer available. They have a fuel pump and will start to plumb it together. Test runs are planned with Dave Peters riding the bike. On Sunday it was voted Best bike of the show.

Graham Sykes’ steam rocket bike

Graham Sykes had his steam rocket bike, which he has designed and built. It has a monocoque frame with carbon body and a 130lt tank for holding water. Depending on the set-up, it has a 4-5sec range of power for the 1/8th mile and has recorded 0.98 60 foot and 1/8th mile of 5.0secs at 141mph at 50% power. The world speed record is 148mph and Sykes is hoping to break that this year.

Former ACU Funny Bike Champion Phil Crossley had his Top Fuel bike (featured photo at the top of the page) at the show. He has been building it for nearly three years in his shed. It has a self-built frame with a normally aspirated V4 3000cc motor, which Crossley made the mold patterns for a local foundry to construct. He has done the crankshaft from billet (EN40B), designed the clutch and the air-assist system for the clutch. There is no transmission, it is direct drive off the crankshaft. Electronic fuel injection and ignition controlled by Maxx ECU, which has received a lot of attention from the Super Street riders and Pro Street in the US. Crossley spoke to Pete Davies, Bob Brookes and Phil Baimbridge to name a few.

Jules Boag’s bike

The last time I saw Jules Boag he was racing an Alfa Romero-powered fuel bike many years ago. Well, he has a new fuel bike. Pat Neal started to construct the frame and Boag finished it. There are few parts off Brian Johnson in the motor and he has fired it up and will be testing this year.

“Anna, the Rider from the ‘rents” Team APE ‘Busa

“Anna, the Rider from the ‘rents” will debut her new Team APE Comp Bike in the ACU Championship, which has been designed and built around her by the ‘rents go Racing Team. Anna said she was happy with the way it turned out.

Dennis Norman’s double-engine Triumph

There were some classic bikes. Gary Norman had his late father Dennis’ double-engine Triumph. Gary said the double-engine Norton has engine damage and he and Neil Baskerville will be trying to repair the bike for Dragstalgia.

Neil Baskerville’s wild ride

Baskerville had his bike on display as well. He completed the rear frame of what he thinks is a John Clift frame. Gearbox and clutch were designed and built by his dad Ray, and Pete Miller, which has a Laycock overdrive.

Dennis Allen’s “Ram Rod”

Dennis Allen had “Ramrod” in the NSA section with Martin and Rob Scripps’ Triumph. Mark Turner’s AJS 800cc he made from bits of metal, and Andy Lincoln-Smith with the Melbourne Missile.

Guy Martin’s land speed ride

The land speed machine piloted by Guy Martin was on display with the jet cars of Martin Hill and Julian Webb.

The UK Monowheel Team

The UK Monowheel Team had three record setting machines on display. The Warhorse has run 65 mph and set a Guinness World record of 62 mph. The Trojan has a 200cc Wankel engine and has run an 84 mph record. The third machine—The Charger—has run 105 mph.

This was a great show to welcome a new season of racing and is worth a visit next year.

story and photos by Steven Moxley

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