BIKER DAD: 69-year-old racer in 250+ mph crash at Bonneville Salt Flats has died

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SALT LAKE CITY, UNITED STATES: This is a shot of the Bonneville Salt Flats 100 miles west of Salt Lake City,Utah 24 July, 2001. The salt flats are the second largest in the world and there has been more land speed records set there then any place in the world. Salt Lake City will be the host of the 2002 Winter Olympics. AFP Photo/ Georgre FREY (Photo credit should read GEORGE FREY/AFP via Getty Images)


UPDATE: 9/9/2020 – BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS, Utah (ABC4 News) According to the Southern California Timing Association, Ralph Hudson, the man critically injured in a 250+ mph crash last month has died. 

A statement on the SCTA Facebook reads:

It is with a breaking heart I must inform our racing community that Ralph Hudson succumbed last night to the injuries he suffered at Bonneville on August 14. He was surrounded by his son David, myself and his best friend of 30 years, Linda. Information regarding a celebration of life and a memorial scholarship in Ralph’s name will follow when available. We sincerely thank everyone for their kind words, prayers and support during this very difficult time. Ralph would want everyone to stay strong and keep going fast…Leslie Murray

WENDOVER, UT (WKRG/BIKER DAD)– In a video posted a few years ago, Ralph Hudson, now 69, hit the blistering speed of 300 miles an hour on a motorcycle. He wasn’t going quite that fast Friday morning when he crashed on the Bonneville Salt Flats attempting a speed record.

Hudson lost control of his bike going 252 miles an hour, crashed and was nearly killed. He was airlifted to a Salt Lake City hospital where, according to the Gephardt Daily newspaper, he’s in critical condition.

He was taking part in Speedweek with SCTA Southern California Timing Association whose president, Bill Lattin posted on Facebook, “at approximately 8:20 a.m. Mountain Time today, veteran rider Ralph Hudson, age 69, lost control of his motorcycle land speed vehicle. He was attempting a speed record and was traveling approximately 252 mph. Ralph was treated by medical professionals at the scene and transported by ambulance to Life Flight and flown to Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City.

The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.”

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Chris Best is the News Director for WKRG. He’s a husband and father of four. He’s also a motorcycle enthusiast.


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