handbuilt motorcycle show 2015 blog confederate hellcat LSR

Since the very first land speed record was set on the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in the year 1914, motorsports enthusiasts have been making the pilgrimage to this hallowed ground to prove their might and merit to achieve the ultimate goal of going faster than anyone else on land. It takes a very special kind of moxie to do this out in the open on a machine with just two wheels. The slick surface of the flats, weather fluctuations, and traveling well into the triple digits are all contributing factors that can easily end in disaster. The corrosive nature of the minerals in the ground make these record-breaking attempts just as punishing on the machines that carry the riders.

For the past few years, this heavily-modified Confederate Hellcat has made the annual pilgrimage to the Bonneville Salt Flats to aim for records. In 2014, this very bike hit a top speed of 176.458 miles per hour with pilot James Hoegh astride. We at the Handbuilt Show are excited to announce that this bike will be on display at the 2015 show. The only bummer is that the salt will have likely been cleaned off of the Hellcat.