Sunday 14th July 2013
While attempting to break 300 mph in a single mile at the Loring Timing Association land speed meet, Bill Warner lost control of his motorcycle at 285 miles per hour (459 km/h). His motorcycle veered off the course and struck a 6″ concrete landing light pedestal and he was thrown a great distance. Warner was conscious after the crash, but was pronounced dead at Cary Medical Center in Caribou, Maine, US. He had achieved 296 mph in a mile at the event, in less than optimal conditions. The cause of the accident is unclear, though investigators suspect mechanical or tire failure.