Valerie Thompson Breaks Glass Ceiling at Historic Race Club

Being the world’s fastest female motorcycle racer has its privileges. For Valerie Thompson this means being the first woman appointed to the Bonneville 200 MPH Club Board of Directors.

Thompson’s appointment was made at a recent meeting by the board on January 28th at the National Hot Rod Association Museum in Pomona, California.

The historic Bonneville 200 MPH Club was created to recognize the accomplishments of drivers setting speed records over 200 mph on the famous Salt Flats. While that milestone took years to achieve, higher speeds have since been conquered, leading to a 300 MPH Chapter formed with a Blue Hat to mark the accomplishment. For those few drivers accomplishing 400+ mph record speeds, a Black Hat marks the 400 MPH Chapter of the club.

Fitting in nicely to many of the categories, Thompson is a seven-time land speed record holder, team owner/driver and member of six different land speed racing 200 MPH Clubs. She made history at the 2016 Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials, winning the ‘The Fastest Time of the Meet’ award with a speed of 304.263 mph (489.6 KMH) piloting the Team ‘7’ Racing streamliner. Thompson is the first female rider over 300 mph, earning the title of ‘Worlds Fastest Female Motorcycle Racer’.

With a top speed of 208.812 mph, Thompson became a member of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club on her BMW S 1000 RR at the 28th Annual World of Speed event in September 2014.

 “We are delighted to have Valerie as our first female member of the board,” said Dan Warner, President. “Valerie’s many accomplishments, both on and off the track, make her a valuable new board member. I’m confident her unique insights and marketing expertise will be highly valued as we address a wide variety of issues for our members,” added Warner.

Thompson joins 8 other board members who are responsible for the direction and business of the club. The club recognizes records of the Southern California Timing Association, and International records of the FIA and the FIM set in the flying mile at the Bonneville Salt Flats. There are currently over 750 members since the founding of the club in 1953.

“Earning membership in the 200 MPH Club had been a dream of mine since I started racing. It was the result of many years of hard work and determination. I never imagined I would be invited to join the club’s board of directors,” said Thompson. She added, “I consider this appointment a real honor and high point of my career. I look forward to working with everyone on the board.”   

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