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'Queen of Speed' is breaking speed records and gender stereotypes

By Ben Morse, CNN

Updated 0958 GMT (1758 HKT) March 20, 2020
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Valerie Thompson is in the business of breaking record -- be it on two or four wheels ... ValerieThompsonRacing.com
Amongst others, she has her sights on smashing the 415.867 mph record for a four-wheel blown fuel streamliner powered by a piston engine in the Treit & Davenport Target 550 Streamliner. MBP12
She had been due to attempt the record during Australia's Speed Week, but it has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. ValerieThompsonRacing.com
Many speed records have been previously set at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. ValerieThompsonRacing.com
As an eight-time land speed record holder, she is now a member of the fabled Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame. ValerieThompsonRacing.com
As one of the few females in a male-dominated sport, Thompson has had to break down barriers around gender to achieve her success. Lou Fischer
Thompson wants to finally make 81-year-old Marlo Treit (left), the owner of the Streamliner car she will race in, a world record holder -- so he can retire happy. Lou Fischer
Thompson described the experience of traveling over 300 mph as "a picture of insanity." ValerieThompsonRacing.com