Motorcycling’s ‘Queen of Speed’ Set to Break Landspeed Record at Texas Track

The woman who holds the current landspeed record is trying to break the 200-mile-per-hour threshold this weekend at a Texas racetrack – on a motorcycle.

By Alain StephensOctober 23, 2015 3:53 pm,

What’s the fastest you’ve ever driven? Be honest – what maybe 85 -90? Maybe you were lucky enough to get that Mustang or Corvette up into the triple digits. Imagine going 200 miles per hour – and you’re not doing it behind a wheel, but on the back of BMW drag bike.

That’s exactly what Valerie Thompson’s done. She’s a land speed record holder several times over and has been dubbed “America’s Queen of Speed.” She’s heading down to the Texas Mile this weekend in Beeville, Texas, to try and beat her personal best.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

-What record she’s trying to beat and why she wants to break it in Texas,

-How she got into motorcycle racing and where she got her “need for speed,” and

-The feeling of riding 200 miles an hour and what goes through her head while she’s on the bike.