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Residence: Scottsdale, Arizona

Born: Tacoma, Washington

Valerie Thompson is the World’s Fastest Female Motorcycle Racer and a 10x land speed record holder with membership in the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame as well as eight 200 MPH Clubs and one 300 MPH Club. She is consistently ranked as one of the World’s Top 10 Fastest Motorcycle Racers. 


Valerie is the designated rider of the famed BUB 7 motorcycle streamliner, a proven record setting vehicle designed by AMA Hall of Fame member, Denis Manning. This American-built streamliner has held the motorcycle land-speed record twice from 2006 - 2008 and again from 2009 to 2010. 


Racing the BUB 7 during the 2018 Dry Lake Racers Australia (DLRA) Speed Week competition at Lake Gairdner, she set a new speed record of 328.467 mph (528.616 km/h) to become Australia’s fastest female streamliner motorcycle racer. Just days later, she experienced a horrific crash at over 360 mph during the World Speed Trials. Valerie walked away from the catastrophe that scattered wreckage for over a mile with only minor injuries, a true testimony of the vehicle’s design and safety features. 


Piloting the Team Turbo Tiger Kawasaki for the first at the 2021 ECTA Arkansas Mile Spring Fling she set new records in both the half-mile and two-kilometers with a top speed of 216.035 mph (348.181 km/h) in addition to becoming one of the newest members of ECTA’s 200 MPH Club. 


Valerie will have a busy 2022 starting with two spring testing sessions and plans to compete at the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials with the BUB 7 Streamliner after a five-year rebuilding process. She will also be the designated rider at select events for both the Team Turbo Tiger Kawasaki and Motus 1650cc MSTR owned by Robert Swartz. In addition, Valerie will continue pursuing new records on four-wheels piloting the Treit & Davenport dual-engine Target 550 Streamliner.


Often referred to as “America’s Queen of Speed,” Valerie is a popular motorsports ambassador and inspiring role model. Her relentless quest to become the world’s fastest motorcycle racer by breaking the current world record of 376.363 mph (605.697 km/h) is the focus of the upcoming land speed racing documentary film, “Rockets and Titans.”

Seeking a new challenge away from racing, she started playing pickleball in February and instantly fell in love with America’s fastest growing sport. After just eight games, she built her own backyard court. What started as a new element of her fitness regime led to playing 4-5+ times a week, professional lessons, tournaments and attending LevelUp Pickleball camps. In addition to capturing new speed records, Valerie’s goals include earning a professional pickleball players rating after winning 2 Silver Medals in just her second tournament.


Valerie’s pickleball passion has generated enormous media interest resulting in cover and feature stories in USA Pickleball (Official Magazine of Pickleball by USA Pickleball Association), Bentley (Official publication for Bentley owners worldwide), Scottsdale Living, Woman Rider, and Harley-Davidson Enthusiast magazines. Her temporary pickleball court on the famed Bonneville Salt Flats, the world’s fastest racecourse, made front-page news in the Wendover-Times after a spirited game with the city’s Mayor.


Valerie is an independent racer and aspiring pickleball pro currently seeking sponsorship for her quest to break the world motorcycle speed record. Your support helps the BUB 7 team rewrite racing history by shattering barriers and speed records. 


For details on sponsorship opportunities, speaking engagements and celebrity appearances, email:

Valerie Thompson
American’s Queen of Speed
Valerie Thompson cockpit in the Target 550 Streamliner
Valerie Thompson Fashion
Valerie Thompson racing suit
Valerie Thompson
World’s Fastest Female Motorcycle Racer at 328 mph
BUB 7 Motorcycle Streamliner
Valerie’s Harley-Davidson Fatboy

Racing Awards & Accolades



  • 2x Silver Medal winner in Mixed Doubles and Women’s Singles in just her second Pickleball Tournament - 2021

  • Cover stories in USA Pickleball, Bentley, and Harley-Davidson Enthusiast magazines – 2021

  • Front page pickleball story in Wendover Times newspaper - 2021

  • Celebrity guest for Tim Bravo’s “Bumper to Bumper,” Rider Magazine Insider, and Amanda Busick’s “Women Shifting Gears” podcasts - 2021

  • Major feature stories in Woman Rider, Arizona Driver, Scottsdale Living, and Expansion Fuera de Serie (Spanish language) magazines - 2021

  • Featured in the “Joy. Ride. A Century of Women Bikers” exhibit of the “Head Out on the Highway: A Love Embrace” Motorcycle Celebration at Athens Cultural Center - 2021

  • Central role in "Rockets and Titans" upcoming land speed racing film documentary - 2021

  • Profiled in four racing books including, “History of Speed” by Martin Roach (Simon & Schuster UK), “The Motolady’s Book of Women Who Ride” by Alicia Mariah Elfving, and “Bonneville’s Women of Land Speed Racing” and “Images of America: Bonneville Salt Flats” by “LandSpeed” Louise Ann Noeth - 2020

  • Only female in the “World’s Top 10 Fastest Motorcycle Riders” rankings - 2019 to present 

  • Named one of Dealernews “Top 100 Leaders in Powersports” - 2019

  • Australia’s fastest female streamliner motorcycle rider - 2018 to current

  • Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame Inductee - 2018 

  • First female member of Dry Lakes Racers Australia (DLRA) 300 MPH Motorcycle Club - 2018

  • Recipient of DLRA “Fastest Lady on the Lake” Award (328.467 mph - 528.616 km/h) - 2018 

  • First female appointee to Bonneville 200 MPH Club Board of Directors - 2017

  • “Top Speed” Award at Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials (304.263 mph - 489.663 km/h) - 2016

  • Celebrity Rider/Speaker for Arizona’s International Female Ride Day - 2013 thru 2019

  • Inspired the song “Quarter Mile” by award-winning rock band, Call To Service (CTS)  

  • Red-Carpet Award recipient from Delores Seright, author of “Amazing Women Shattering Barriers”

  • Recipient of American Woman Riders Association Community Hero Award


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TV, Film, and Music Acknowledgements

Valerie’s full-throttle lifestyle has inspired filmmakers, authors and songwriters alike. She is featured in the 2013 documentary film, “Why We Ride,” the Discovery Channel program “Mega Speed,” and the “Bonneville Stories” video, profiling the life of a professional motorcycle racer in a tough, unforgiving and dangerous career. She has even been featured in a GoDaddy Super Bowl commercial!

The award-winning rock band, CTS, wrote the popular song “Quarter Mile” for Valerie and she received the Red-Carpet Award for her inclusion in Delores Seright’s book, “Amazing Women: Shattering Barriers.” She is also featured in the 2013 book, “90 Years BMW Motorrad.” Valerie’s leathers and other racing gear are currently on display at the Hopkins BMW Motorcycle Museum in Highland, Maryland.

  • Co-starred in Super Bowl Commercial

  • “Build Your Dream Chopper” TV co-host with Orange County Choppers founder - Paul Teutul Sr.  

  • Often seen on Barrett-Jackson Auto Auctions television broadcasts as a celebrity vehicle presenter

  • Featured in award-winning documentary films, including “Why We Ride” and “Mega Speed” (Discovery Channel)

  • Valerie inspired the song, “Quarter Mile,” by the award-winning rock band, CTS (“Call to Serve”). Their amazing live performances bring immeasurable energy to every stage and performance hall where they perform inspiring original music.    

“Rockets and Titans”
Worldwide Documentary Film 

This documentary film is currently in the final phase of editing.  A true story of a racing legend, AMA Hall of Famer Denis Manning, who recruits an untested female rider (Valerie Thompson – Sturgis Hall of Fame member) to race his self-designed and multi-record setting streamliner motorcycle in a bid to become the fastest motorcycle of all time.  Set against some of the most breathtaking scenery on Earth, this is a portrait of two opposites, who must learn to trust each other as they chase a singular, dangerous dream.


The film is an incredible, cross-continental story with strong social significance… one that will encourage and inspire everyone, especially young women. This is the land speed race of the century, a story that packs powerful messages of passion, ambition, determination… and the journey to fight for one’s dreams against all odds.  For a movie trailer preview, visit: