ABOUT ALP RACING & DESIGN
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Alp Racing & Design was founded by Alp Sungurtekin in 2001 in Los Angeles California. Jalika Gaskin joined Alp in 2007 and became the Crew Chief when we started racing in August 2011 at Bonneville Speedweek.
Alp has a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Design and specializes in Transportation Design. He is currently a Southern California Timing Association & Bonneville
Nationals INC. "SCTA-BNI" Motorcycle tech inspector and a member of the MILERS Racing Club.
All Engines at Alp R/D are built/tuned in-house by Alp and specs are proprietary.
Client projects proceed based on our racing schedule.
Alp Racing engines, frames are specifically designed & built for AMA, FIM and SCTA classes.
We believe repeated testing & practice runs has been the path to our success. We have made hundreds of test runs, and it took many lake bed visits to figure out the right performance combination.
Our crew chief Jalika's efforts have helped it all happen.
When we started we were fortunate to meet some of the greatest racers in our sport.
Tom Evans, Doug Robinson and Howard Allen are our mentors:
Howard Allen, Don Harris and Gary Richards are the "Nitro" Triumph Kings! We know what we are doing today because of what they figured out in the 50's 60's and 70's. Howard inspired us to do things that many would think impossible, he is also a great machinist and engine builder.
Tom Evans (retired chief inspector of the SCTA) was in charge of the motorcycle dept of SCTA for more than 30 years. . It was through his work that the SCTA established separate Vintage and Pushrod Engine Classes and separated these from modern over cam engines classes. Today we can race vintage and pushrod engines at a competitive level because of his ideas and efforts.
Tom is an engineer and a racer himself, one of the best car and bike engine builders that we know of. We always have him check our frame designs, and it is not a coincidence that Alp R/D bikes have one of the best performing LSR frames. Tom appointed Alp to a SCTA Motorcycle Tech Inspector position while he was in charge.
Our MILERS Racing Club president Doug Robinson is the builder of the “BMR Roadster”, along with Allen McAlister (BMR Coupe) and pilot Alan “Fogi” Fogliadini". This is the world’s fastest naturally aspirated roadster and holds the Bonneville FR/C record at 286.329, with a top speed of over 290 MPH
Doug taught us the fundamentals of Nitro-methane which we have applied to the Triumph twin. He once said that “The only secret is the cyl head! It's how we get the air in and out!” Since then I've redesigned and built many cylinder heads in order to arrive at the design that we run today.