Valerie Thompson – America’s Queen of Speed

Frank Karkazis and Valerie Thompson Racing

Notable Records and Achievements:

– 7x Time Land Speed Record Holder
– American Woman Riders Community Hero Award
– Amazing Women Shattering Barriers Red Carpet Award
– Career Best 1/4 Mile: 7.05 Seconds – 187.42 MPH
– Career Best Land Speed : 217.7 MPH (1-Mile Standing)

More About Valerie Thompson

Valerie Thompson races one of America’s fastest BMW S 1000 RR land speed motorcycles, sponsored by CTEK Battery Charger. She is often referred to as “America’s Queen of Speed.” Her racing career started in 2006 drag racing motorcycles on quarter-mile tracks throughout the US in the All Harley Drag Racing Association and NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle series. Driven to go faster, she created her own land speed-racing team in 2012 and Valerie is now a 7-time motorcycle land speed record holder with a personal best top speed of 217.7 mph (350.53 KM/H) on a one-mile course.

Valerie’s first year as a team owner/driver met with tremendous success, setting three national speed records and gaining membership in the Mojave Magnum 200 MPH Club. Then in her second year she became an official member of the Bonneville BUB Speed Trials 201 MPH Club and the Texas Mile 200 MPH Club.  

2014 was another breakout year for the VTR team. Valerie set her sixth land speed record with a record-smashing run of 208.71 mph and became one of few female members in the ECTA 200 MPH Club. Then Valerie collected her seventh speed record at the World of Speed event to earn the famed Red Hat of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club. Valerie is now one of only 24 females in the club, which has approximately 730 total members.  She also set her personal best top speed at the popular 2014 Texas Mile.

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