Saturday, September 06, 2008

Going Out In Style

I have always said sometimes that I wanted to go out on the air with the very first perfect break I have ever done. I have yet to do a break on the air that was perfect, all of them I have done could have been better. It would be like the thunderstorm scene in "Caddyshack" when the priest is playing his last round. One big bolt of lightning and "zammo"! I'm sitting next to Jesus and we're talking baseball with my grandfather. The next obituary goes hand in hand with that thought.
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.
I could not imagine riding a motorcycle at 139 miles per hour, let alone THAT speed. It's a bummer that he leaves a wife and two kids (10 and 15) behind. I can only imagine what went through his mind in the split second between realizing you are about to crash and then crashing.

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