Knee-high land-speed record deviceWed, 28 Jul 2010
This mad looking motorcycle is a land speed record device that never turned a wheel in anger.
It was built by the infamous Dave Manning in 1968 using a discarded drop tank from a Korean fighter plane.
Manning built a space-frame chassis inside the tiny teardrop and also managed to find room for a Suzuki T500 twin cylinder two-stroke motor. And a rider. The bike and rider (Don Blessing) never made it to the salt at Bonneville because heavy rains that year made the surface unusable.
A blessing in disguise, indeed.
By mark forsyth
See also: Suzuki GSX-R day at Snetterton, MotoGP racer. 200mph. Sulby Straight, Suzuki GSX-R1000 Assembly [video].