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2012 was a great year for AMA and ATVA competition. Here, some of the national champions and top competitors talk about the 2012 season, look ahead to the 2013 season, and explain why AMA and ATVA competition is the best racing on the planet. No other No. 1 plate matters.


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Rebecca Berneck: 2012 250 PPV land speed record holder

January 31, 2013

Rebecca Berneck posing on her 1954 BMW land speed racer.

Rebecca Berneck of Evanston, Ill., is a land speed racer who set a record at the 2012 BUB Trials in the 250 PPV class of 77.9635 aboard a 1954 BMW r25/3.

"Although there was a record on the books, I consider land speed racing a competition against myself and my skills, in addition to ensuring the bike is operating at its peak performance," Berneck says.

The 48-year-old competitor has been riding since 2007 and land speed racing since 2010.

"I like land speed racing small vintage bikes because I can continuously work to improve my tuck and shifting, and pay honor to the bike that was not built to go this fast," she says. "I also hold this record across all venues, so I need to maintain this record! I can't let anyone snatch it from me!"

For 2013, Berneck plans to return to the Bonneville Salt Flats to defend her record. She also may add another machine. Plus, Berneck says she may race her 1975 Honda CB400F on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course track during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days in the summer.

When she's not racing, Berneck says she is raising two teenage daughters while running Officeheads, Inc., a company she launched in 2008.

"I would like to thank Daniel May of Chicago Vintage Racing," Berneck says. "He owns the record-breaking bike. Without his vision of breaking records, I would not be land speed racing today. I would also like to thank Richard Sheckler, who is the builder/mechanic, and Tifosi Optical for the eye protection on the salt flats."

Rebecca Berneck racing down the salt flats.

Face shot of Rebecca Berneck wearing her helmet.

Rebecca Berneck posing with her 1954 BMW.