Thursday, November 13, 2014

El Mirage - Indian Motorcycle Scout and Chief Land Speed Racing

Indian Motorcycle Scout and Chief Land Speed Racing - El Mirage

IndianElMirage1IndianElMirage2IndianElMirage3This past weekend Gary Gray -Director of Indian Motorcycle Products , Robert Pandya – Indian Motorcycle PR Manager – and a handful of Indian Motorcycle engineers and friends of the brand headed out to the El Mirage Dry Lake Bed to participate to the final SCTA timed 2-day event of the season to get some baseline runs in on a 2014 Chief and a 2015 Scout. The objective was not to set any land speed records. Not yet! But to pay respect to the heritage and glory of Indian Motorcycles past exploits, have the factory earn SCTA (Southern California Timing Association) certified runs and prove the new Indians lineage and durability with strong debuts by 2 rookie land speed riders. In many ways, a symbolic and historical return of the brand to speed trials.

The Indian Scout was ridden by none other than Gary Gray. Gary leads a team that interacts with both the design and the engineering groups to define the current and future products for the brand. Shepherding the product direction for such an iconic brand take somebody who isn’t afraid to get their fingers dirty. Gray spent several weekends in 2014 racing vintage Scout motorcycles in FIM and USCRA, and twisted the new Scouts throttle to a very fast 128.447 mph on the dusty mile and 1/3 course. The motorcycle Gary rode featured a stock engine, and was built to the P-P 1350 class and only modified the handlebars to race.. This same motorcycle will be tweaked by the engineering team for a return to the venue just to go faster and “see what she will do”.

Elnora was piloted by Indian Motorcycle PR Manager, Robert Pandya. The very same Chief that traced Cannon Ball Baker’s centennial route from San Diego to New York City in May, was re-fitted with stock fenders (though the back of the front fender was cut off) an accessory air cleaner, and a custom 2-1 exhaust pipe. Slotting into a modified class (A-PG 2000), Elnora featured custom 17” wheels and racing rubber, relocated footrests, and different handlebars designed to tuck the rider into the wind. She ran a stock Thunder Stroke 111 however, including the stock belt drive system, and despite being a hard-ridden development bike (ultimately destined for the crusher) she pulled out a 130.227 mph top speed. (photography @ Barry Hathaway)
Indian Motorcycle would like to thank the many friends of the brand who made the past weekend possible. Team Klock Werks’, Lloydz Motorworkz, RC Components, Dunlop, Fox Shocks,, Conquest Customs, Ricochet Customs, Saddlemen, the IMC Engineering, Dynojet and the great people at the SCTA, especially the Gear Grinders club for hosting us.
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