Valerie Thompson returns to Ohio Mile

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Valerie Thompson returns to Ohio Mile with hopes of setting new 200 mph ECTA land speed record and joining 200 MPH Club

(Scottsdale, AZ) – June 4, 2014 – Five-time land speed record holder and one of the world’s fastest BMW motorcycle racers, Valerie Thompson, will return to the Buckeye state for the East Coast Timing Association’s Ohio Mile land speed racing competition June 7-8 with hopes of setting new speed records with her BMW S 1000 RR.

The ECTA hosts four different speed trial events at the Airborne Park facility in Wilmington Ohio each year. The upcoming Ohio Mile competition offers car and motorcycle racers more than 4,400

Photo Credit Jimmy Kay Ohio

Photo Credit Jimmy Kay Ohio

classes in which to compete. Prior to moving to the Airborne Park location in 2012, the ECTA held the competition in Maxton North Carolina from 1995 through 2011 and was named the Maxton Mile.

“I really look forward to racing at the Ohio Mile. The ECTA knows how to put on a first class speed competition and it’s the home state of one of our sponsors, CTEK Battery Chargers. It’s a wonderful track surface and we have run well here in the past. We have set 3 speed records here over the last 2 years and one is still standing in the Production Class,” said Thompson. “This year we hope to surpass the 200 mph mark and become one of the newest members of the prestigious Ohio Mile 200 MPH Club,” added Thompson.

Airborne Park is located southeast of Wilmington, Ohio midway between Cincinnati and Columbus. For details, visit

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Valerie Thompson Background

Valerie is a five-time land speed record holder and owner/driver of the Valerie Thompson Land Speed Racing Motorcycle Team who has also competed in the All Harley Drag Racing Association and National Hot Rod Association drag racing series. She set a personal best top speed of 212 mph on her CTEK sponsored BMW S 1000 RR during the March 2013 Texas Mile competition. Thompson is an official member of the BUB Speed Trials 201 MPH Club, Mojave Magnum 200 MPH Club and the Texas Mile 200 MPH Club.


Valerie Thompson Racing Sponsors

CTEK Battery Charger – The World’s Smartest Battery Charger, BMW Motorrad – HP Race Parts, TROON Enterprises, Magic Bullet Advanced Fuel Treatment, Metro Auto Auction, Akrapovič Exhaust, Speed-Way Shelters, alpha Racing, Schuberth Helmet, Automotive Racing Performance, Worldwide Bearings, Stand-Up Photos, Vision Wheel, Go AZ Motorcycles of Scottsdale.


East Coast Timing Association Background

Two Bonneville racers, Tom Sarda and John Beckett, formed the East Coast Timing Association (ECTA) with the goal of providing members a safe racing venue to run speed trials in the Eastern half of the United States. The ECTA is now the principal sanctioning organization for Land Speed Racing in the Eastern US. Four times a year, scores of car and motorcycle racers from around the world gather at Airborne Airpark in Wilmington, Ohio, to speed down the Ohio Mile racecourse. Vehicles range from production cars and motorcycles – basically off the showroom floor – to exotic, purpose-built racers. The ECTA is a membership organization; you must be a member to participate in ECTA events as a rider or driver. Spectators are welcome at all ECTA events.

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