• Sep 8, 2008


Tragedy struck the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah last week when 47-year-old Cliff Gullett, of Team Bullet Costella-Gullett Racing, lost control of his bike at nearly 240 mph. Gullett, an experienced racer who held nearly a dozen land speed records on motorcycles, was competing in the 500cc class (two-stroke, two-cylinder) riding the Costella-Gullett Motorcycle Streamliner. He crashed after completing his return run -- the record is pending ratification by the governing racing bodies. A memorial service will be held next Saturday in his hometown of Bozeman, Montana. Our condolences are extended to the entire Gullett family including his wife, son, and daughter. Our appreciation to 3seriesisking for alerting us to the sad news.

[Source: Yahoo! Sports, Photo by Team Bullet]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sorta not surprised...but at 240 mph I'm hoping it was quick and painless, at least for his sake.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Real Shame.
      Gary
      • 6 Years Ago
      If memory serves, I believe it was a NORTON COMMANDO, am I wrong, anybody?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cliff was a friend of mine and a nicer Motor Sports guy you couldn't find. He was most passionate about helping out every motor head he met. He would often lend his bike to a friend so he could go riding on the weekend, no not a dealer bike, but his personal bike. Yes it is a tragedy and there is little condolence that he died doing one of the things he loved. But the point is that he lived life the way it was meant to be lived, at full throttle.
      I miss him.
        • 6 Years Ago
        For what? Respectfully, he died for living! Imagine if we all did what we truly wanted to do and died doing it! It's poetic!

        I'd rather crash at 200MPH on a track in a Lamborghini Reventon than to die with poo in my pants in a nursing home.

        In other words I'd rather say "oh sh*t" than actually do it!
        • 6 Years Ago
        RIP and condolences to the family.

        Yes, he may have died doing something he loved - that works for him - but that is very little consolation for his wife, his 15 year-old son and his 10 year-old daughter.

        Her daddy is now gone forever. And for what exactly?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Real Stupid.
        • 6 Years Ago
        When making a statement, especially about stupidity, try using an exclamation point instead of a period!

        And for everyone that has taken grammar in the first grade and passed it, I invite you to take a moment of silence on behalf of our newly departed enthusiast which without his kind, progress would be stalled!

        Randy
        • 6 Years Ago
        Get a conscious dude.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Some people on this blog are total jerks and show their moronic mentality.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You sir, are a moron.
      Bob
      • 6 Years Ago
      The loss of a racing enthusist is a very sad situation. My sincere condolences to the family.
      I recall that over 50 years ago a friend also lost his life on the same salt flats. He was a member of a crew and was just doing a test run in a 4 wheel racer. He was too tall for the designed roll cage/bar. When the vehicle went airborn and rolled it was all over for him.
      Not only was he a friend, I was a member of the rifle team (for the 21 gun salute) at his military services in Westminster, CA.
      I doubt that his name is on any record book. Sorry to say, at the moment I can't even remember his name.
      I just think of him, and others that have followed, as those that accept the challenge and go for it. They have my total respect as they do go for the gusto as they may desire.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I feel bad for his wife and child because their dad was an idiot and did such stupid sh*t when he had a family.
      Gary
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cant remember the make of cycle, but in the early '50s a guy broke the land speed record for a motorcycle at over 150mph on those salt flats, no protective gear, no helmet nothing but t-shirt, jeans and sneakers! Does anyone remember the make of bike? Famous name I just cant remember?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It would have to be one of the more dramatic entrances into heaven. Reminds me of whoever it was that said the best way to go to heaven would be to crash through the pearly gates backwards in a giant fireball. Anyone remember who said that?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Jeremy Clarkson, or at least one of the Top Gear guys.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the thing human do to go beyond their limits...i love it! though sorry for this lost.
      • 6 Years Ago
      People that say it's a waste obviously don't have anything they truly love to do. My wife knows that racing is dangerous and accepts that if I die doing it then it was what I wanted. Of course I'm not looking to kill myself on the race track, but nothing could be more poetic and pure than for it to happen. If I live to 90yr old and sit in some nursing home pissing myself, somewhere along the line I screwed up.
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