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Salt Flats Record Attempt Results in Death

You may already have seen this. Here is the news and the teams's blogspot. He apparently just broke several records.

Motorcyclist dies in Utah speed record attempt
Sep 5, 12:41 am EDT

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AFP) – A motorcyclist was killed after losing control of his bike at 385 kilometers (239 miles) per hour and crashing on Utah’s famous Bonneville Salt Flats, authorities and reports said Thursday.

The American Motorcyclist Association said in a statement on its website that 49-year-old Cliff Gullett of Montana was killed in an accident during a time trial at the location, around 185 kilometers (115 miles) west of Salt Lake City.

The AMA said Gullett was competing in the 500cc class during a time trial speed racing event when his bike crashed. Reports said Gullett was aiming to set a record for the fastest two-stroke, two-cylinder motorcycle.

The Salt Lake Tribune cited police investigators as saying Gullett was travelling at 239 miles per hour before the crash.

The Bonneville Salt Flats have been used as a speed testing ground since 1896 and became famous in 1935 when British motorsport legend Malcolm Campbell broke the world land speed record at the site.

It is with the greatest regret that we announce that Cliff Gullett, rider of the Costella-Gullett Motorcycle Streamliner was killed yesterday afternoon at the Bonneville Salt Flats, after completing his return run. Cliff had two runs which qualified for the record in the 500 cc class, but the record will have to be ratified by the governing racing bodies for the event.

Cliff loved his experiences at Bonneville, and just a little over a week ago, set three World Land Speed Records, one of which broke a 50 year old record set in 1958. Yesterday morning he expressed his excitement at the prospect of setting yet another record, and we are extremely hopeful that his runs will be ratified.

The Costella-Gullett Race Team, as well as the Sponsors; Team Bozeman Motorsports, V-Sept Sales & Service, K&T Performance, SCS Vinyl Works, Scorpion Helmets USA and Mountain PBE Supply, Inc., offers their most sincere sympathy and condolences to the entire Gullett Family, including his wife, Leanne, and his son, Casey, age 10 and his daughter, Nicole, age 15.

The family has established the Cliff Gullett Memorial Fund for distribution to Cliff's favorite charities. Memorials and contributions may be made to:
Cliff Gullett Memorial Fund
c/o First Interstate Bank
Gallatin Center Branch
2023 Burke Ave
Bozeman, Montana 59718

Memorial arrangement have, as yet, not been made, and will be posted here once determined. The Team Bullett Race Team thanks all those who have expressed their sympathies and concerns for Cliff, and his family.

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