Valerie Thompson Attempts New Record on 4 Wheels at Australia’s Speed Week and World Speed Trials

World’s Fastest Female Motorcycle Racer seeking new speed records on four-wheels with dual-engine Treit and Davenport Streamliner in Australia

Scottsdale, AZ (March 4, 2020) – Valerie Thompson returns to Lake Gairdner Australia to attempt new speed records on four wheels for the first time piloting the Treit & Davenport Target 550 Streamliner at two premier land speed racing events. Her goals include breaking multiple records, including the 415.867 mph (669.273 kph) class record for a four-wheel blown fuel streamliner powered by a piston engine.

Hosted by Dry Lakes Racers Australia (DLRA), the 30th Annual Speed Week competition is held March 23-27. Immediately following Speed Week, the team will also attempt new records at the 2nd Annual World Speed Trials March 28-30. Speed Week records are determined by DLRA specifications while the World Speed Trials records are sanctioned by Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) rules.

The 43-foot long Target 550 Streamliner features a unique wind tunnel inspired design powered by two supercharged Dodge Hemi engines capable of generating 5000 horsepower on alcohol fuel.

Target 550 project coordinator, Marlo Treit, said, “The team is delighted to be back in Australia for Speed Week and the World Speed Trials. These events provide two opportunities to set new records for our unique vehicle.” Treit added, “We have new crew members, two new engines and a great new driver. I’m looking forward to seeing strong results with all this new talent.”

Thompson set a motorcycle streamliner record of 328.467 mph (528.616 kph) during the 2018 Speed Week competition, earning her membership in the DLRA 200 and 300 MPH Clubs. She was also honored with the “Fast Lady on the Lake” award.

“This will be my first full-on assault on the 415 mph record driving the Target 550 Streamliner. I’ve had three successful tests with a 291+ mph run on less than optimal salt conditions,” said Thompson.

Thompson could add a new chapter to racing history by becoming the first woman over 400 mph in a piston-powered engine vehicle.


Valerie Thompson Background

Valerie is the “World’s Fastest Female Motorcycle Racer” and an eight-time land speed record holder with membership in the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame, seven 200 MPH Clubs and one 300 MPH Club. In 2018, she piloted the famed BUB 7 motorcycle streamliner to a record speed of 328.467 mph and is the only female featured on the “World’s Top 10 Fastest Motorcycle Racers” list. Recently included in Dealernews “Top 100 Leaders in Powersports” list, her passion for making history and breaking speed barriers is featured in the upcoming feature film documentary, “Rockets and Titans.”

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Women in Motorsports: Top Influential Trendsetters on Four Wheels

Women have been breaking ground in the male-dominated racing field, making strides over the 21st century. Women drivers are becoming a force on the race track, whether they are on two or four-wheels.

With a much larger presence in motorsports, it’s inspiring to see such an upsurge over the century, and future generations are jumping at a chance to take their turn on the bike.

While motorcyclists are tearing up the dirt and asphalt across the world, their sisters in speed from the four-wheel class have also set the trend for aspiring females racers yearning to take the wheel.

Pioneer female motorsports drivers have pushed through the boundaries, forged empires, and stand-out as power-houses in previously unfamiliar territory. Their influence made and will continue to make a difference in the future of women in racing.

Women Pioneers in Motorsports

Janet Guthrie

Janet Guthrie, Professional Racer

What better way to pay homage to women in racing then to start with the first to qualify and compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500. Originally an aerospace engineer, Janet Guthrie began racing in 1963 on the SCCA circuit, a feat unheard of in her day. She competed in 11 IndyCar events, with her best finish landing her in fifth.

In the 1976 World 600, Guthrie was the first female racer to compete in a NASCAR Winston cup and placed 11th. Her highest finish in her racing career was sixth in Bristol, 1977, which earned her the best finish by a woman in a top-tier NASCAR race until 2014. Her talent and racing career were cut short, however, as her gender worked against her in the 1970s, and she was forced into early retirement. Nevertheless, she had made her mark in NASCAR and for all women in racing, opening the door for others to get behind the wheel.

Sara Christian, First woman driver in NASCAR History

Racing for the first time in 1949 at Charlotte Speedway, Sara Christian was a fierce competitor. She qualified for 13th in a #71 Ford but didn’t stop there. She competed at the Daytona Beach Road Course in 1949, the first race to feature three female drivers, and landed 18th place.

Christian competed alongside her husband, and they were the only couple to do so until 1986. She didn’t let marital bliss sway her from finishing 6th at Langhorne Speedway, earning her the title of the first woman to finish in the top 10. Until 1988, she held the record of the only woman to finish in the top five. Full of fire and spunk, Christian set her sights on speed and proved that the couple that races together, stays together.

Maria Teresa de Filippis - Italian Racer

Maria Teresa de Filippis participated in five World Championship Grand Prix tournaments. She was the first woman to race in Formula One. While her career was brief, she broke through as a pioneer in racing, winning her first race driving a Fiat 500.She finished second in both the Italian Sports Car Championship in 1954 and in a sportscar race supporting the 1956 Naples Grand Prix. In her short time behind the wheel, Teresa de Filippis managed to secure her place in racing history.

Denise McCluggage, American Racer

Starting at small club events in her MG TC Midget, Denise McCluggage was one of the first female racers. Admired and respected by her peers, they knew her trademark white helmet with pink dots well. When she began to race professionally, she won the grand touring category at Sebring in 1961. Partnered with a fellow female driver, Pinkie Rollo, McCluggage raced until the late 1960s. Her legacy in racing was solidified in 2001, when she was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

Modern Record Breakers

Danica Patrick, American Racer

The title of most successful woman in the history of open-wheel racing belongs to Danica Patrick, the only female to win an IndyCar Series Race. While not the first female to race, she has her own share of firsts in the field including the first woman to win a pole position, the highest-finishing woman (beating out Sara Christian’s 62-year record,) and the first to win a cup series pole position.

Patrick earned Rookie of the Year in 2005 for bot the Indianapolis 500 and the IndyCar Series. She even topped Janet Guthrie’s record for the most top-ten finishes by a woman in 2015.After years of a successful career, Patrick recently announced that the 2018 Indianapolis 500 may be the final start of her racing career. While her career may be coming to a end, her legacy will serve as an inspiration to many would-be female racers who wish to follow in her footsteps.

Sarah Fisher - Professional Racer

Sarah Fisher competed in both the IndyCar and Indianapolis 500 as racer until her retirement in 2010. From her start to her final race, she solidified a record for the most number of starts for a woman in the 94-year history of the Indy 500. While her racing chops are impressive, her career wasn’t only forged by racing. She took her talent behind the wheel and used it to guide others. From 2008-2014 she established Sarah Fisher Racing becoming the first and only female team owner in the IndyCar Series. She became the first female owner to win an IndyCar Series race proving that woman can be a force both on the track and behind the scenes.

Courtney Force

The Force Sisters: Ashley, Courtney and Brittany, Profession Drag Racers

When it comes to drag racing royalty, look no further than national champion John Force. His daughters have not only made a name for themselves, but they have managed to surpass all expectations. Ashley Force, Top Fuel Funny Car Drag Racer, earned NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Rookie of the Year. She won her first NHRA professional category in 2008, against her father, and bested her former instructor the following year. Ashley was the first female to win the TF/F before her hiatus in 2011.

Not to be outdone, Courtney Force took up the mantle in her Advanced Auto Parts Chevy Camaro SS Funny Car for the John Force racing team. This youngest daughter broke the record in 2014 for the most Funny Car wins by a female driver in NHRA history. Courtney also snagged a win at her first national event in the Top Alcohol Dragster category at the 22nd Annual NHRA Northwest Nationals.

Brittany rounds out the trio as the 2017 Drag Racing Series Top Fuel dragster champion. She was the first female to win the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in 2016 and set a new NHRA record with a run of 3.676 seconds over 1,000 feet. The second woman in history to win a Top Fuel Championship, Brittany Force shows no signs of slowing down.}

Racing for the Future

These female motorsports driving icons serve as a reminder that we need to take chances in order to achieve our dreams. In the shadow of other competitors, against the odds and adversity, and with so much ground to cover, these women serve as a guide for future generations. Difficulties can be overcome, records will be broken, and we can be the trendsetters for motor enthusiasts everywhere, from motorcycles to four wheels.

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Gaining Traction: 5 Influential Female Motorcycle Racers of the 21st Century

The world of racing is constantly evolving, opening many doors for would-be champions to take on the challenge to push through boundaries. In recent years, women have taken strides in motorcycle racing, setting and breaking records while making a name for themselves in a male-dominated industry.

While there is much more road to cover, there are many influential competitors willing to strap on the helmet and ride into history.

Here are five prominent female motorcyclists leaving their mark, acting as a beacon for future enthusiasts.

1. Maria Costello, British Motorcycle Racer

This British motorcyclist is an icon who attracted full media and motorsport attention when she burst out on the scene, and she has set more than a few records, including a Guinness World Record.Maria Costello held the record for the fastest woman to lap the Isle of Man TT course at a staggering 114.73 mph average per lap until her record was broke in 2009.

Aside from being a record holder, Costello established many firsts for women in motorsports. She was the first solo woman to stand on the podium for the Manx Grand Prix in 2005 placing third in the ultra-lightweight category. She was the first women to take a podium at a TT or Manx GO. A trendsetter for women in the sport, she won a total of 7 Manx Prix Silver replicas and a Bronze TT Replica. With such an impressive resume, this freelance journalist and career racer is a true inspiration.

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Melissa Paris talks with her husband, AMA SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes

2. Melissa Paris, American Road Racer

A professional road racer hoping to inspire a younger generation of female racers, Melissa Paris is a first-class team assembler and owner. While she sets her sights on inspiring new talent, she has pretty impressive accomplishments of her own. She was the first female to qualify for a World Supersport race, and she raced in the FIM World Endurance Championship.

Paris, the wife of four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes, scored top 10 in the Daytona 200, and was the only female to test a Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP machine. She conquered in a WERA West Superbike Championship and was part of a class-winning team in the 24 Hours of Barcelona Endurance Race. A force to be reckoned with both on and off the bike, Paris shows no sign of slowing down as she continues to discover talent and encourage other women to join the sport.

3. Ana Carrasco, Spanish Motorcycle Racer

Our next trailblazer in the Moto world started racing at only 16-years old and she is making history. She competed in the 2017 Supersport 300 World Championship riding a Kawasaki Ninja 300 and became the first woman to win the solo class. She was also the first female rider to score points in the Moto3 World Championship at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix. To top it all off, she scored 8th place at the 2013 Valencian Grand Prix and she’s only getting started. With so many races ahead of her, the future is bright, and she will continue to inspire others to take to the road as she tackles on her next challenge.

4. Jenny Tinmouth, British Motorcycle Racer

The next on our list of top influences from the 21st century is the current female lap record holder for the Isle of Man TT, Jenny Tinmouth. This British racer not only broke the record in 2009, but she re-broke her own record the following year at an average speed of 119.945 mph average per lap. Tinmouth is currently the Guinness World Record holder for her impressive achievement. When not breaking speed records, she’s breaking barriers as the first and only female who competed in the British Superbike Championship. This is a huge first for women in motorsports.

In 2010, Tinmouth became the first female racer to lead and score points in a British Championship Race, stand on the podium, and win a British Championship Race in the Supersport Cup at Silverstone. She placed third overall, the highest placement for a female competitor. Tinmouth also had a hand running her own team, Two-Wheel Racing in 2013, and competed with Honda Racing UK team in 2015. Still ever-present in the field, she continues to be an inspiration for future competitors.

5. Shelinda Moreda, American Motorcycle Racer

When not posing as a Covergirl model, Shelinda Moreda is tearing up the racetrack. As the first woman to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on a motorcycle, and part of the first female team to complete a Suzuka Endurance Race, this professional road racer is only getting started. Moreda was the first female to race the Zhuhai International Circuit in China and finished third on the Splitlath EBR Superbike. She scored a win in 2016, finishing first in the Women’s Championship in Qatar, but her ambitions aren’t limited to the race track.

Moreda currently runs the She’z Moto Camp, a program focused on building confidence and inspiring future female motorcyclists to develop their skills. Beyond the racing, her goal is to inspire women of all ages to take an interest in riding, for glory or for fun.

Influencing the Next Generation

While all of these women have set the bar for future moto competitors, they are dedicated to inspiring the younger generation. Whether they are seeking out talent, attracting youth to the sport, or demonstrating that any record can be broken, these women are determined to push the limits. They are only a sampling of the strong and capable athletes. With their leadership, and the leadership of others in the industry, there’s no telling what lies ahead for women in motorsports.

Valerie Thompson named first female member of Bonneville 200 MPH Club Board of Directors

Pomona, CA. (Feb. 17, 2017) - The world’s fastest female motorcycle racer, Valerie Thompson, was appointed to the Bonneville 200 MPH Club board of directors during their recent meeting on January 28th at the National Hot Rod Association Museum in Pomona California.

Thompson is a seven-time land speed record holder, team owner/driver and member of six different land speed racing 200 MPH Clubs. She made history at the 2016 Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials, winning the “The Fastest Time of the Meet” award with a speed of 304.263 mph (489.6 KMH) piloting the Team “7” Racing streamliner. Thompson is the first female rider over 300 mph, earning the title of “Worlds Fastest Female Motorcycle Racer.”

Thompson joins 8 other board members who are responsible for the direction and business of the club. The Bonneville 200 MPH Club recognizes those drivers and motorcycle riders who are able to set class record over 200 MPH against an existing record or minimum. The club recognizes records of the Southern California Timing Association, and International records of the FIA and the FIM set in the flying mile at the Bonneville Salt Flats. There are currently over 750 members since the founding of the club in 1953.

“We are delighted to have Valerie as our first female member of the board,” said Dan Warner, President. “Valerie’s many accomplishments, both on and off the track, make her a valuable new board member. I’m confident her unique insights and marketing expertise will be highly valued as we address a wide variety of issues for our members,” added Warner.

With a top speed of 208.812 mph, Thompson became a member of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club on her BMW S 1000 RR at the 28th Annual World of Speed event in September 2014. “Earning membership in the 200 MPH Club had been a dream of mine since I started racing. It was the result of many years of hard work and determination. I never imagined I would be invited to join the club’s board of directors,” said Thompson. She added, “I consider this appointment a real honor and high point of my career. I look forward to working with everyone on the board.”

Desert Storage to sponsor 7-time motorcycle land speed record holder Valerie Thompson

Valerie Thompson Racing Team receives new sponsorship from Desert Storage

Desert Storage is the newest sponsor to announce support for Arizona resident and seven-time land speed record holder, Valerie Thompson.

Desert Storage is redefining the self-storage business category with a variety of solutions for customers facing the challenge of moving and downsizing. Desert Storage provides air conditioned drive-in storage access, covered outdoor facilities for RV’s/boats/automobiles, wine storage, mailbox rentals and document shredding in a safe and secure environment.

“When I needed a secure storage facility to keep our motor coach in Scottsdale, Desert Storage was an easy choice. They offer the widest variety of services at the best price,” said Thompson. “Scott Brawn and his staff at Desert Storage are very professional and attentive. They are my last stop after every race since they provide a well-lit cleaning/sanitary dump station and covered parking for our motor coach and motorcycle hauler. I never have to worry about security or access. They really take the hassle out of storing our most critical equipment,” added Thompson.

Anosh Vasani, Director of Marketing for Desert Storage, says, “We are really excited to support Valerie in her endeavors. She is a great athlete and we look forward to her breaking even more records.”

Thompson is an independent team owner/driver, fielding a record setting BMW S 1000 RR land speed racing motorcycle with plans to compete in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle class in 2017. In addition to 7-land speed records, she is a lifetime member of six-land speed racing 200 MPH Clubs, including the prestigious Bonneville 200 MPH Club and first female member of the Colorado Mile. She earned the title of world’s fastest female motorcycle racer with an average one measured mile speed of 304.263 mph and exit speed of 313 mph at the 2016 Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials.

World’s Fastest Female Motorcycle Racer

Valerie Thompson shatters 300 mph barrier at Bonneville to become “World’s Fastest Female Motorcycle Racer”

Seven-time land speed record holder named world’s fastest female motorcycle racer with award-winning top speed of 304 mph at Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials

(Scottsdale, AZ) – September 5, 2016 - Valerie Thompson earned the title of world’s fastest female motorcycle racer on September 1 at the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials with a blistering one measured mile average speed of 304 mph (489.66 km/h) riding the famous Denis Manning designed “7” Racing streamliner.

After three mandatory license qualification runs, Thompson scorched the salt with two memorable runs over 294 and 304 mph. Thompson’s highest exit speed exceeded 313 mph, earning her the Top Speed of the Event Award and new title as the World’s Fastest Female Motorcycle Racer.

“I’ve dreamed about this since I first started racing. This never would have happened without Denis Manning and team owners, John Jans and Joe Harralson. I can’t thank them and the entire “7” Racing crew members enough for all their hard work during the competition,” said an enthusiastic Thompson.

“Joe Harralson and I couldn’t be happier with these results. Valerie has the talent and drive to be the fastest motorcyclist in the world … period,” says John Jans, team owner of “7” Racing.

The four-day Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials is the premier motorcycle land speed-racing event of North America. The AMA and FIM sanctioned event offers national and world speed record opportunities. Event organizers honored Thompson and Team “7” Racing with the “Top Speed of the Event Award” while celebrating her new title.

“Valerie has quickly adjusted from racing a conventional motorcycle to driving a streamliner with twice the horsepower, she is a natural racer. More importantly, she reached our goal of exceeding 300 mph on the 3-mile short course vs. the 5-mile run-up streamliners normally require to reach top speed,” stated bike designer Manning. “Our goal is creating history by making “7” the fastest motorcycle in the world again. Valerie achieved our objective of going faster with less track, I can’t ask for more than that from any driver,” added Manning.

Thompson is an independent team owner/driver, fielding a record setting BMW S 1000 RR land speed racing bike with plans to compete in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle class in 2017. In addition to 7-land speed records, she is a lifetime member of six-land speed racing 200 MPH Clubs, including the prestigious Bonneville 200 MPH Club and first female member of the Colorado Mile.

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Valerie Thompson Background

Piloting the Team “7” Racing streamliner, Valerie Thompson claimed the fastest ever time for a female rider with an average one measured mile speed of 304.263 mph (489.66 km/h) at the 2016 Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials. Valerie is a seven-time land speed record holder and independent female owner/driver, fielding her own record setting BMW S 1000 RR in land speed competitions with plans to race in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle class in 2017. She is an official member of the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials 201 MPH Club, Mojave Magnum 200 MPH Club, ECTA 200 MPH Club, Texas Mile 200 MPH Club, first female member of the Colorado Mile 200 MPH Club and lifetime member of the prestigious Bonneville 200 MPH Club. Based on numerous racing accomplishments, the worldwide press often refers to Valerie as “America’s Queen of Speed.”

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