Valerie Thompson, current holder of two land speed records, motorcycle racer and team owner, has been named the co-recipient of the 2011 American Woman Riders Community Hero Award by the American Woman Riders Association.
The award is given to women riders who donate time to charities and give selflessly to their community without expecting something in return.
Tina Reeves, President of the American Woman Riders Association, had many good things to say about Thompson. “Valerie’s many years of supporting the HopeKids organization was a key consideration in selecting her for this year’s recognition. She has taken children to drag races, attended movie days and participated in many fundraising events for the organization. Her motorcycle racing accomplishments in drag racing and land speed record attempts make her an excellent role model for thousands of women riders across the country. Valerie’s positive, caring attitude display what a true American Woman Rider strives to be,” Reeves said.
Just this year, Thompson set a “personal best” top speed of 201.01 mph at the Eighth Annual BUB Speed Trials, outperforming all other BMW’s at the event.
It sounds as though Thompson cannot help but succeed at whatever she puts her hands to.
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