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Dave Campos Dave Campos

Land speed world record holder at 322 MPH.

Dave Campos was born in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, in 1942. At age 16, he bought a new Harley-Davidson Sportster and started drag racing. He built his first drag bike in 1965, and participated in his first national meet in Las Vegas the same year, meeting Leo Payne from whom he learned about racing with fuel. In 1971, Campos set an NHRA record of 9.14 seconds, beating the old record held by Joe Smith. In 1974, he got his first Bonneville ride, setting two records of 207 on gas and 231 on fuel with a twin-engine, partially streamlined machine owned by Bob George. In 1975, George began to build a fully enclosed streamliner, which Campos piloted to a one-way run of 291 miles per hour. Eventually, the machine was acquired by magazine publisher Joe Teresi, whose Easyriders sponsored the 1990 assault when Campos rode the liner to a two-way average of 322 miles per hour for a world record that still stands. A diesel mechanic by profession, Campos retired from the Albuquerque Transit Authority in 1987 and is currently a consultant to First Transit of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a member of the Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame and the National Motorcycle Hall of Fame at Anamosa, Iowa.