Castrol & Triumph: The Story of a Partnership - Castrol SA

Castrol and Triumph: this partnership can look back on a long and successful tradition. Driven by a pioneering spirit shared by the two companies, they have been producing high-performance motorcycles on the one hand and advanced lubricants on the other since the start of the 20th century. Together, these two technology partners have proven to be unbeatable on numerous occasions.

Triumph held the world land speed record from 1956 to 1970, with a brief interruption of 33 days (when NSU held the record, courtesy of Wilhelm Herz). During this time, Triumph set a new record on four occasions: in 1956 with Devil's Arrow ridden by Johnny Allen, again in 1956 with Johnny Allen in the saddle of Texas Ceegar, in 1962 with Dudek/Johnson ridden by William Johnson, and in 1966 with Robert Leppan on board Gyronaut X-1.
At the same time that Triumph was successfully hunting down records in the 1950s and 1960s, the Triumph Bonneville was manufactured from 1959 onwards. At the time of its launch, this bike was the fastest road-going motorcycle in the world. And what goes for Triumph is also true of Castrol. “Castrol has been actively involved with land speed racing on multiple platforms across the globe and since competitors started running at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1914,” says Castrol Brand Manager Rob Corini.

The Castrol Rocket – designed to break the current land speed record for motorcyles at the Bonneville Salt Flats in the US state of Utah in the next months – is powered by Castrol Power1 and represents the highlight to date of the cooperation between Castrol and Triumph. The two parties not only have secured the services of rider Jason DiSalvo and engine manufacturer Bob Carpenter for the bike charged with breaking the record. The third key member of the crew is Matt Markstaller. The engineer specialises in aerodynamics and lists the design and construction of a wind tunnel specifically for articulated lorries in the US state of Oregon among his achievements.
“Castrol has been actively involved with land speed racing on multiple platforms across the globe and since competitors started running at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1914,” Castrol Brand Manager Rob Corini.