Co-builder and owner of Storm, Mike (or “Mick” to many) Hand ran the world’s quickest 250 Honda “Little David” through the 70s and 80s, claiming several world records and a best of 9.08 seconds for the quarter mile in 330cc form. Mike also helped tune Keith Parnell’s “Rouge et Noir” 750cc Triumph to the first 8 second quarter mile run outside the USA, worked on Angus McPhail’s innovative “Jade Warrior”, Barry’s CBX funnybike and Lorcan’s 750 turbo.
Rider of Storm, Lorcan is the eldest son of 1970s drag racer Keith Parnell. He is best known for his work with Kawasaki GPz750 turbos, one of which became the first ever factory turbo bike to exceed 200mph. His 810cc street-legal bike was timed at 211mph at RAF Woodbridge in 2006.
Co-builder of Storm with Mike, Barry started drag racing on a 500cc Triumph in the 1970s but was perhaps best known for his Tokyo Express” Honda CBX turbo funnybike. The CBX ran a best of 7.6 seconds and 179mph in the quarter mile and appeared in numerous magazines and calendars in the 1980s and 90s. The bike was famous for the shrieking exhaust note from its 6 cylinder motor. It remains the world’s quickest CBX. Tragically, Barry died early in 2019 just months after Storm won the ACU and SPRC Funnybike championships, setting national speed and ET records in the process.
Angus has created some of the most innovative motorcycles in drag racing. His Ford-powered 3 wheeler captured numerous world records and was ultimately banned for having more than one driven wheel, prompting Angus to build the even more fearsome “Jade Warrior” pictured above. This bike featured a supercharged 2 litre 16-valve engine driving through a torque converter (no gearbox). It had a tiny frontal area, a built-in tyre warmer and exhaust-driven ground effect which provided downforce even at a standstill.
Angus’ engineering and materials knowledge was a constant source of support and inspiration for Mick and Barry when building Storm. Angus made the distinctive fairing and seat unit, after first teaching himself to mould Kevlar before he passed away in 2020.