Biker chases land speed record

A veteran biker says his biggest worry ahead of his world land speed record attempt is that his wife will find out how much he has spent on the project.

Ron Holland, 60, wants to raise more than £500,000 to pay for his attempt to break the record in his 30ft cigar-shaped bike at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, but is concerned about his wife's reaction.

"I've been throwing money at it, and I'd be in all sorts of trouble if she ever found out exactly how much," said Mr Holland.

"I've been racing bikes on and off for over 40 years, mostly sprinting, but that will be like a trundle down to the shops compared to what I'll be doing in Bonneville."

The self-help book author from Dulwich, south London, hopes to raise enough money to travel to America next year and surpass the current world record of 360mph.

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