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Doug Meyer has been working with race engines professionally and as a hobby for the past 45 years. He has built engines for everything from dragbikes and cars to outboard race boats, from the famous Can-Am sports cars and an F-1 car to motorcycle streamliners. He spent many years as a professional race team member and engine builder. Everything from nitrous to nitro, Doug's had his hands in it. He has set 16 Bonneville speed records on stock appearing Kawasakis and became a member of the Bonneville 200 mph club on a 2001 ZX-12, the "hard way", using just gasoline and available air. Doug has driven big bore sports cars, dragsters and circle track dirt cars, ridden Bonneville bikes, dragbikes, and 300 hp street bikes.

Doug tells us,

"I've been interested in (one might say obsessed with) how things work my entire life. The object of my interest could have been anything - but it turned out to be engines, the more powerful, the louder, the more exotic, the better. From tiny model airplane engines when I was 10, to 1000+ hp car and aircraft engines, I've built them, raced them, dug into their workings and designs and studied their histories. Where this kind of thing is a hobby for most, something practiced in spare time. I've been immersed in it hands-on for over 40 years. Over time, it became clear to me that things didn't always work the way we thought they did, or work why we thought they did. I found I was always digging deeper to find the real story. Once I did, it started to bother me when I saw my cohorts acting on misconceptions, misinformation, and myth rather than real engineering and science. In my writing, I attempt to do two things besides entertain. One, to try and tell you what's really going on, how things really work as well as I can, and two, to bridge the gap between enthusiasts of all forms of Motorsport. If doesn't matter if you are racing a bike, a boat, a plane or car, the same concepts and principals of design and workmanship apply. I write here because I can write about whatever I want, whenever I want, without a deadline and because I have such a smart audience."

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Doug Meyer has been working with race engines professionally and as a hobby for the past 45 years. He has built engines for everything from dragbikes and cars to outboard race boats, from the famous Can-Am sports cars and an F-1 car to motorcycle streamliners. He spent many years as a professional race team member and engine builder. Everything from nitrous to nitro, Doug's had his hands in it. He has set 16 Bonneville speed records...
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