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New Female Speed Record for a Dry Lake – Tami Fraser

Tami Fraser recently became the fastest woman on a dry lake bed with a speed of 49.50mph, and almost broke the women world buggy speed record held by Britta Berg G2296 81.50km/h / 50.40mph. Britta’s record was of course set on a beach which as we know is much harder to do with the extra rolling resistance.

But that takes nothing away from Tami who must have shown nerves of steel to reach almost 50mph on a surface resembling 40grit sandpaper

Tami Fraser

Tami Fraser

From Tami “Delamar dry lake in Nevada. It was back on July 20. Wind was gusting to about 35mph out of the south. I was making runs to the NE. About 2/3rds the way through each pass there were 4 deep ruts from a vehicle which drove there when it was soft. I tended to skid out on these. And then there are the power lines up at that end of the playa.

I think in reality you would be leaving the playa and hitting a fence by the time the power lines were a problem but it still made me nervous every run.

I was flying my Viper S 2.6 m. The day before at Delamar I spent the whole day on the 3.9. The wind was a bit stronger so I was using the smaller kite. The wind shifted and gusted a lot both days so I wasn’t using a Vapor.

Tami Fraser Record

Tami Fraser Record


Stephan Pops the Question, then Makes Dust on the Playa

Brian Holgate has made a great video of Stephan van Bommels recent visit to Ivanpah dry lake Primm, Nevada.

Stephan van Bommel & Fon Custers

Stephan van Bommel & Fon Custers

Stephan also used his trip there wisely and popped the question to his girlfriend Fon Custers, congratulations to you both from all the buggying community.

Stephan van Bommel

Brian captured some great footage of Stephan and Bobby Muse creating dust clouds as they race across the playa on their Landsegler Wheels, if you would like to experience some of the same,  you can join them and loads of other kite buggy enthusiasts at the IBX event on March 31st – April 4th 2015, where Stephan’s bugging partner Dirix Mano will be joining him….I was lucky enough to be there the last time these two hit the playa together in 2012….you guys are in for a real treat.

 

To find out all the details about the IBX check out their new website http://ivanpahbuggyblast.com



Balancing Bigfoots

Steve WarrenEasy Balance tyre balancing on a Kite Buggy with Bigfoots tyres

Testing tyre balance compound from Easybalance on my kite buggy tyres to see if I can improve on the poor quality tyres that I bought from www.cadkat.com
The tyres above 43mph are truly bad and disappointing as they are neither round or in any way balanced so as soon as I hit speeds above 43mph its like being in a violent vibrating chair, it can be so bad that keeping your feet on the foot pegs can be hard work. I would have never have bought the tyres if I had known how bad they were.
In my very non scientific test using axel stands and a pressure washer you can see the shake the tyre puts into the buggy, imagine three wheels doing that at the same time.
Easybalance appears to make a difference by reducing the shake but only a trip down the beach will really let me know if Easybalance works.
If it does I can at least live with the tyres until I change the buggy and wheels.
The Easybalance came from www.parmagroup.co.uk at £5 a packet they said I needed one packet per wheel.


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