At the Bonneville Salt Flats on September 13, 1948, Rollie Free was determined to break the land speed record in the "Flying Mile." His first attempt was at 148 mph (238 km/h), which broke the record, but Free was determined to break the elusive 150 mph barrier. Noticing that his riding leathers had started to come apart at the seams from the force of the wind, Free borrowed a bathing suit, cap, and a pair of tennis shoes and laid down on the bike. With the decreased drag, Free broke 150 mph, topping out at 150.313 mph. Free was riding the very first Vincent HRD Black Lightning.
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