This new book traces man's ongoing attempts to build the fastest motorcycle on earth. From the very beginning, men and machines have been pitting themselves against the forces of nature to lay claim to the elusive title, on country roads, and later on the beaches at Daytona. In modern times, these pioneers have flocked to vast, dry lake beds in the deserts to methodically probe the limits of power, aerodynamics, mechanical reliability, and traction, ever pushing upward the absolute maximum speed at which a motorcycle can operate. Come along as Tom Murphy leads a historic tour of this exotic sport, introducing us to Denis Manning, Don Vesco, George Smith, Leo Payne, and many others who built or drove record bikes. Murphy takes us to the autobahns of Germany, El Mirage Dry Lake in southern California, Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, and Lake Gairdner in Australia, where the vast empty spaces make natural test beds for today's high-speed runs. He shows us the innovative hardware conjured up by both backyard mechanics and heavily funded factory teams. And, he describes the number one enemy of speed--air drag--as well as how speed-hungry racers have dealt with it over the years. He even shows how much it costs to field a competitive machine--and it ain't cheap. It's all here, with dozens of rare archive pictures showing the people and machines that have set the world records and made history along the way.
People have been enjoying and racing motorcycles since 1901, when the extreme vehicle first emerged on the scene. This age-appropriate book gives readers a comprehensive look at motorcycle racing, with a focus on today’s most popular events, such as Motocross and Supercross. “Fast Fact” fact boxes and sidebars teach readers about the sport’s most famous men and women, as the text includes tips on how readers can get involved themselves. The text concludes with a graphic organizer of the most common motorcycle racing flags.
Zack is a planet-hopping pro—but a return to Earth results in some unexpected puppy trouble in the tenth Galaxy Zack chapter book adventure. Zack is headed back to Earth for the first time since moving to Nebulon. He can’t wait to see his best friend Bert and show his new friend, the former bully Seth Stevens, all around his old stomping grounds! Luna’s excited too. A little too excited. When the pooch escapes and goes missing, sightseeing plans take an unexpected turn. Will Zack find Luna before he has to head home to Nebulon? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Galaxy Zack chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.
Part of the High Impact series for reluctant readers, this text is designed to motivate secondary school students with a reading age of eight to nine. This text presents true stories of record breaking speed.
Discover the world's fastest cars, planes, superbikes and boats, now brought together in one fantastic book. These phenomenal machines are the best of their kind: the biggest, fastest, costliest, thirstiest and most outrageous vehicles on water, in the air and on the open road.With fantastic photography and brilliant eye-catching design, this series is a must-have for fact-hungry readers everywhere.