Zef set to return to same track a year after 260mph crash
ZEF EISENBERG, who survived a 230mph motorcycle crash almost a year ago today, will return to the same track this weekend to make another attempt on the land speed turbine record.
It will take place at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire where he nearly lost his life.
‘This weekend’s race event is hugely important to me,’ said Mr Eisenberg. ‘It marks a significant milestone in my recovery, since last year’s death-defying 230mph crash.’
Mr Eisenberg will be competing on a custom-made Madmax gas turbine motorcycle which is worth £350,000 – the same machine that was used in last year’s ill-fated attempt.
As well as attempting to break the land speed motorbike record, Mr Eisenberg will also be taking part in an event at Pendine Sands in Wales the weekend after. Here he will try and break the world sand speed record.
Mr Eisenberg, the founder of sports nutrition company Maximuscle, cites his crash as a core reason why he continues to race.
‘It’s because of the incredible toll the crash took on me physically and mentally that the return to Runway 26 at Elvington is all the more important.
‘This goal has been the guiding light to getting me back on track and helping make such a remarkable recovery.’
The 44-year-old speedster broke 11 bones including his pelvis, hips and pubic bone.
He also suffered temporary blindness due to the sudden change in G-forces.
He said that he has no memory of the crash at all – just waking up in hospital three days later ‘covered up in carbon fibre’.
‘I am often asked why I do it. Why does the team spend so much time developing such a special bike and racing at such crazy high speeds?
‘It’s not until you visit speed events such as the annual speed trials at Elvington this weekend, that you begin to see why; the diversity of engineering excellence, the camaraderie, the world records being set, and more.’
He said that the team get a ‘real buzz and reward from the crowds’ when they see the faces watching on as they hear a jet turbine bike speed past at more than 230mph.