Bonneville Salt Flats
Motorcycle mad TV presenter Henry Cole is used to riding thousands of miles across continents but in this three part World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides special – The Ultimate Challenge, Henry is going to ride just one mile but attempt to ride that mile faster than anyone else on earth has ever ridden it!
Iconic British motorcycle manufacturer Brough Superior offers Henry the chance to become one of their works racers on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and to attempt to break the World Land speed record for a pre 1955 Classic 750 cc motorcycle. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity but land speed record glory is not going to come easy.
Firstly it’s the preparation – nine months of it – the building, the testing, the training and ultimately the accident and the broken bones that could cause Henry to quit his dream before he’s even got to Bonneville.
But after overcoming both the physical and mental damage that the accident causes him, Henry eventually meets up with the Brough Superior team in Los Angeles to spend a further week preparing the bike at one of the most hallowed workshops in the world – US Chat Show host Jay Leno’s Big Dog Garage in Burbank.
But what is about to unfold very nearly kills him….