Quench your thirst for speed on the track
DRAG RACING LEADER’S PLEA TO MOTORCYCLISTS:
DON’T use the streets, use a racing track.
That is the impassioned plea of Childers motorcyclist Flame Howard, who has urged Fraser Coast riders to join her on the track.
Howard has stunned the Central Queensland Drag Racing Championships Twin Series to be leading the competition with three rounds to go.
She is also one of the most recent additions to an elite American club that honours riders who cover the quarter mile (402m) in less than 12 seconds.
Howard reached 116.57 miles per hour – about 187.6kmh – in an 11.702-second ride down Benaraby Raceway, near Gladstone, to join the exclusive club.
While Howard is stoked to have reached the figure on her street-registered Harley Davidson, she has urged drivers to use the track.
“I lost a son to hooning in 2002, and I know people are going to keep (pushing the limits) anyway but you need to do it where it is safe,” she said.
“We want to get the message out there that the roads just aren’t good enough.
“They should go to a track rather than using the streets.”
Howard has been around bikes her whole life, and owned her first bike at age seven.
“I was brought up on a sheep station, so that was a 1.7-horsepower bike that we used to muster sheep with,” she said.
“I’ve grown up with them and learned to respect bikes very quickly.”
From her beginnings on a sheep station to tearing down Benaraby’s drag strip, Howard has stuck with Harley Davidsons for more than two decades.
While she continues to campaign for racers to get off the streets, Howard is focused on finishing the Twin Series with three big performances.
She leads closest competitor Peter Leggo by only four points after four rounds and, with the help of 666 Performance’s Viv Jocumsen, is tinkering with her machine to maintain the lead.
“The whole engine had to be rebuilt as it wasn’t precise enough for what we wanted it to do,” Jocumsen said.
“She’s gone under that time for the quarter mile since she recorded that time.”
Howard’s next race is on July 25, but her campaign to move hoons from the street to track is never-ending.
“People who have that need for speed want to get out there and test their machines, they may as well do it properly,” Howard said.
Flame Howard ... the roads just aren’t good enough
THERE’S A PLACE FOR IT: Childers motorcyclist Flame Howard has urged Wide Bay riders to quench their need for speed on race tracks. She is the current leader of the Central Queensland Drag Racing Championships Twin Series.