Sequim’s patriarch helps team win two world records

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Sequim resident George McMurray isn’t giving up motorcycles just yet, but he admits his days trying to set speed records are likely over.

Fortunately, the team seems to be in good hands, with McMurray’s son Alan helping the multigenerational Tri-Mac Speedsters team to claim not one but two world records in the Speed ​​Week World Final at the Bonneville Salt Flats in late September and early October.

“The salt was better than ever: dry, hard, smooth. It’s fast, ”said McMurray. “(The bike) worked perfectly. “

McMurray started racing and competing in 2010 and won world records at Speed ​​Week at its main event held each year in early August.

The Tri-Mac Speedsters’ bike undergoes an impound inspection. Photo courtesy of George McMurray

In 2017, the Tri-Mac Speedsters – made up of George and his sons Alan (pilot) and Daniel (crew) and his wife Connie (logo designer / supporter – lost their record to an Australian team. then the team attempted to regain the record in their APS-BF 100c classification. (The division header represents special chassis, partial aerodynamic blown fuel, displacement of 100 cc).

Each year, Speed ​​Week hosts a side event, the World Finals, which takes place a few months later, giving runners a second chance to establish global brands. COVID has barred a number of international teams from participating, but the races continue to run with guidelines in place, McMurray said.

The weather at the World Finals can be a bit more difficult – the speed week in early August can reach 100 degrees, McMurray said, as this World Finals event fell to 46 degrees and was swept away on day one by winds. of 30 miles an hour.

On the first day of racing, the Tri-Mac Speedsters suffered a major engine problem, dubbed a “cold crisis,” caused by the below-normal temperatures of their bike – a model the team designed from a 1985 Yamaha RX50 (chassis and wheels) and parts for a 1975 Kawasaki KE125 and a 1993 Yamaha YZ-125 (“we call the engine” Kawayama, “McMurray noted.)

“When you work with (those kinds of) engines, more things can go wrong,” he said.

After ?? cold attack ??  caused trouble for the Tri Mac Speedsters, George and Alan McMurray used muriatic acid to remove aluminum deposits in their bike's cylinder and help the team achieve not one but two records in the World Finals .  Photo courtesy of George McMurray

After the “cold snap” caused problems for the Tri Mac Speedsters, George and Alan McMurray used muriatic acid to remove the aluminum deposits in their bike’s cylinder and help the team win not. one but two records in the world final. Photo courtesy of George McMurray

This was true for the McMurray team: the rear wheel of the bike got stuck during a practice run, but Alan – a former skateboarder and snowboarder – stayed on the bike and slowed it down rather than “throw it away,” McMurray noted.

“He’s really good on the bike,” McMurray said of Alan.

Fortunately, a Harley Davidson motorcycle racing team helped McMurray and his team use muriatic acid to help remove some of the aluminum buildup on their damaged cylinder.

On day two, after two relatively slow runs (85 mph), Alan McMurray put the Tri-Mac Speedsters’ bike on the course and clocked a second mile of 112 miles, one mile per hour better than the Aussies record. However, the average of two runs is necessary to obtain the world record.

Alan McMurray is all smiles after setting a world record in the world final at the Bonneville Salt Flats.  Photo courtesy of George McMurray

Alan McMurray is all smiles after setting a world record in the world final at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Photo courtesy of George McMurray

The process, McMurray said, is for record-setting vehicles to be “impounded” until 7 a.m. the next day, when teams can race a second time. On day three, Alan and the Tri-Mac Speedsters clocked one mile at 116 mph, pushing the new world record to 114 mph.

Become “naked”

With a record in hand and one more day, McMurray and his crew decided to attempt a record in another classification. Speed ​​World organizers clear a class change, so the Tri-Mac Speedsters have removed the aluminum coating that helps aerodynamics to run “bare-bones,” he said, in the class. A-BF 100cc.

Alan rode the bike in a first race of 102 miles per hour – the previous record was 94 mph – and, with the final round of the world finals, he hit 104 mph, averaging 103 and a second world record. .

Two discs? “It’s not common,” noted McMurray.

He said he quickly received a note from the Australian team congratulating the crew of the Tri-Mac.

“They are just good people,” he said.

??  Race mom ??  Connie McMurray displays the logo she created for the Tri-Mac Speedsters.  Photo courtesy of George McMurray

“Race Mom” ​​Connie McMurray displays the logo she created for the Tri-Mac Speedsters. Photo courtesy of George McMurray

McMurray, who last attended Speed ​​Week in 2020, will make way for Alan, a mechanical engineer who works in industrial refrigeration at Ballard, when it comes to biking .

The team could try to mix things up in the years to come, McMurray said; he plans to add a sidecar to the bike to compete in another class. Drivers don’t race with one person in the sidecar, but they have to be built to support another person, he said.

“It’s slower… but it would still be a fun ride.” “

Background

McMurray was an aerospace engineer for years until he and his family moved from the Mojave Desert area of ​​California to Sequim around 2000. He then settled his family because of the good schools in the area.

Running is in the blood of the family: his brother Joe, who died in 2000, helped the family get started in the sport. George, Joe, and another brother, Jim, formed the Tri-Mac Speedsters, the team name McMurray still uses.

A longtime mechanic who has built a client base of people looking to complete projects – from massive upgrades to vintage vehicles to ‘prototypes’ such as a special seeding device, CD disc polisher and a underwater camera robot – McMurray first visited Bonneville in 2008. The 40 square mile flat topography of salt crust near Wendover, Utah, inspired him to try his hand at speed records.

Most of the operations are home operations, he noted, with no cash prize but personal pride, bragging rights and his name in an in-game record book.

Daniel McMurray shows his ?? in progress ??  175cc land speed bike.  Photo courtesy of George McMurray

Daniel McMurray shows off his 175cc “current” land speed bike. Photo courtesy of George McMurray

With pro rider Jen Boller on the handlebars, McMurray’s bike set a world record two years later, in 2010, but struggled the next two years. In 2013, he set a record at Bonneville in the “blown fuel” ranking.

McMurray had speed tested his bike at the Sequim Valley airport, but is now using land in eastern Washington made available by a wheat farmer friend.

Long strips of farmland have a particular advantage, said McMurray: “You can see the animals ahead of time. “

Sponsors of Tri-Mac Speedsters include Maxima Racing Oils, Port Angeles Power Equipment, In Graphic Detail, A-1 Auto, Dog House Powder Coating and Sailing S Orchards, among many friends and other supporters.

To learn more about Speed ​​Week and the World Finals, visit scta-bni.org.

After ?? cold attack ??  caused trouble for the Tri Mac Speedsters, George and Alan McMurray used muriatic acid to remove aluminum deposits in their bike's cylinder and help the team achieve not one but two records in the World Finals .  Photo courtesy of George McMurray

After the “cold snap” caused problems for the Tri Mac Speedsters, George and Alan McMurray used muriatic acid to remove the aluminum deposits in their bike’s cylinder and help the team win not. one but two records in the world final. Photo courtesy of George McMurray

George McMurray prepares the Tri-Mac Speedsters ??  bike before a race to the world final.  Photo courtesy of George McMurray

George McMurray prepares the Tri-Mac Speedsters’ bike for a race to the World Finals. Photo courtesy of George McMurray


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