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Triumph's tilt at world land speed record

Updated 1558 GMT (2358 HKT) September 13, 2016
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British motorcycle company Triumph is attempting to break the land speed record. MerryMichau
Having held the record from 1955 to 1970 (bar a 33-day hiatus,) Triumph now wants to reclaim its place in the history books. Triumph
The Triumph team converged on the Bonneville Salt Flats, a 40-square-mile salt pan in Utah with a reputation for hosting land speed records. Triumph
The motorcycle land speed record has a long and competitive history, dating back to the start of the 20th century. Pictured is the Lightning Bolt streamliner, driven by Don Vesco. In 1978, the American reached 319.6 mph, breaking his own three-year record with a speed that would stand for 12 years.
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The Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner is powered by two turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines -- capable of producing a combined 1,000 brake horsepower (bhp) -- and measures 25.5 feet long, two feet wide and three feet tall. Triumph
The enclosed motorcycle will be driven by Guy Martin, a multiple speed record-holder and Isle of Man TT racer. Triumph
Triumph's record attempt is scheduled to take place in mid-September.