Al Lamb began his motorcycle racing career in 1972 as a dirt tracker at Ross Downs— home track of Terry Poovey, Mike Kidd, Bubba Shobert, and Freddie Spencer. In 1976 he joined the ranks of AMA as a dirt tracker and this would eventually lead him down the path to becoming a young dealer principal. In 1976, after graduating from Southern Methodist University, Al would step into a struggling Honda motorcycle dealership.
Al showed promise and success on the AMA dirt track circuit from 1976-1978, but decided to step back to focus his efforts on his Honda dealership. The store was becoming bigger and more successful, keeping Al away from full-time competition.
In 1983, he began racing Formula Fords in SCCA, which he continued to do until 1985. Al would go on to win multiple poles, track records and races in this series; setting the way for a bigger, more competitive series.
In 1986-87, Al Lamb would enter 9 Can-Am races and end up with 2 wins and 7 podium finishes and be awarded numerous track records throughout the season.
After a successful stint in Can Am, Al would then join IMSA and then eventually join the Corvette Challenge Series in 1989. In the Corvette Challenge, Al had the opportunity to compete against up-and-coming sports car legends Boris Said, Andy Pilgrim, and Scott Lagesse.
Al would step back from most of his racing during the mid and late 90’s and help other racers develop their skills. Going from student to teacher, Al would help up and coming motorcycle racers with various forms of sponsorship, coaching, and assist with several schools and development programs.
2005 would prove to be a big breakthrough year, in many ways. Al was asked by Honda to open one of the first “Level 5” Powerhouse stores in the United States. He has been able to transfer the competitive nature of racing into business and continue to maintain his position as a top-volume Honda motorcycle retailer.
In 2005 Al got behind the wheel again, this time as a favor to long-time friend Tom Mitchell. Al would pilot the Tom Mitchell’s Panoz GT2 car in SCCA competition. Al’s performance in this series would lead to an invitation by SCCA to compete in the Labor Day Trans-Am Series race. Al was the only GT2 driver invited to this event.
After a nearly undefeated SCCA season in 2006; Al would take the Panoz GT to the SCCA National Run-Off’s in Topeka, KS scoring an impressive 7th, running a seriously non-competitive American car in a Porsche-dominated field.
2007 held an entirely new challenge for Al. He decided to go back his roots in motorcycle racing. Testing their mental stamina, physical ability, and endurance; Al and a group of “50 year olds” from Dallas decided to enter a Honda XR650 into the Baja 1000—a solid proposition when most 50 year olds are playing fantasy sports, not extreme sports. Unfortunately, this would not be their year. A group of outlaws would crash the motorcycle and steal it from the rider. The bike would be recovered in pieces days later. Al would again attempt the Baja 1000 in 2008 and 2009 in the motorcycle division.
By 2008, Al’s performance in GT2 racing and the Baja 1000 start caught the eye of Dallas-based Classic BWM Racing. They would ask Al to pilot their BMW Z4 in the Koni ST Series (now the Continental Tire Challenge Series). Al would share driving duties with Leo Maia and Pierre Klienubing. The team selectively campaigned during the 2008 season, scoring some very respectable finishes.
At the end of the Grand Am campaign, Al would not get back into a sports car. However, this didn’t mean he was done with racing. He would focus on something entirely different and new to him. Land Speed Racing and the world famous salt flats.
After watching the Anthony Hopkins movie, World’s Fastest Indian; Al and partner Leslie Porterfield decided it might be fun to build a land speed racer. In 2007, with the help of Dallas Honda fabricators and technicians; Al and Leslie would build a bike that would eventually set multiple world records. Being a major learning experience and also a huge addiction, Al Lamb would keep his land speed efforts pushing forward.
Al would also help field multiple world record attempts as an owner, with Porterfield as the rider. With Al as the owner/crew chief of the “Fastest Production 1000cc” (Honda CBR1000RR) and “Fastest Blown Fuel 50cc” (a Dallas Honda built Ruckus Scooter).
In 2008, a customer defaulted on a loan made on a motorcycle by Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda dealership. The bike just happened to be an almost new CBR1000RR. However, the customer nearly destroyed this nearly-new machine. Sitting in the back of his shop with the dealer’s business manager, Al said “put this one aside, maybe we can make a track bike out of it some day.” Some day and a track bike turned into something very spectacular.
This once street-ridden, wrecked motorcycle became Al’s personal project bike. It has taken on a serious transition from an abused street machine to a four hundred horsepower wind tunnel designed land speed racing bike. In 2012, Al Lamb would attempt and conquered the world record with the AMA/FIM fastest sit-on motorcycle in the world with a new record speed of 262.471.|