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Posted: Monday, September 20, 2010 2:00 pm

Kerry Alter spent many a day growing up in Georgia on a dirt bike, ripping through the gears and flying around the trails on his family's property.

Everything seemed to be rushing past him at 200 mph.

Some 30 years later, it truly is.

The Ahwatukee Foothills resident is a national record holder of five land-speed records for motorcycles with his eye on the world record.

"It's just an incredible adrenaline rush," Alter said. "No matter how fast you are going you just want more. Everything is just a blur and yet you are in total control."

Alter, 47, got serious after meeting Julian Bivins, a fellow landracer, at a motorcycle shop and became part of his crew in 2007. By the time they were done with their first race, Alter was ready to make the move to the driver's seat.

"I walked out of there knowing that I was going to do it," he said. "I just got hooked."

By the time the 2008 season came around, Alter was going for national records. He got his first record when he reached 129 mph in a small classification than he competes in now at Bonneville Speedway in Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. It's an event where anyone with a motorcycle and the need for speed can go and compete.

"You see some teams with corporate sponsors and all of the newest equipment to a guy who just wants to race," Alter said. "It's all walks of life."

After securing two more national records in 2009, Alter moved up to the 1350cc production class over Labor Day weekend and set the modified record at 195.5 mph on his Suzuki Hayabusa to beat the record of 191.0.

To obtain the record, the rider gets an 8-mile run and the speed is measured between the 5th and 6th mile. If the time meets a record time, then the rider does it again to make sure it wasn't wind aided, and the two speeds are averaged.

While Alter was happy with earning the national record, he was shooting for the world record of 208 mph.

"I learned a lot this year and know I can push for that record next year," he said. "We are going to make some changes and see what we can do."

Alter has formed a group called King Crashalot with the slogan of "Breaking records; not bones." He is recruiting people like his brother, Doug, and friend, Sabine Deviche, and plans on a taking a whole team to Bonneville Flats next year.

"Once you see you want to become part of it," Alter said. "We are all going up there to see how many records we can get."

Alter, who works for Intel in Chandler, said he gets all kinds of reactions when people find out what he does for kicks.

"Some are like ‘Go for it' and some don't believe it," he said. "Others think I am crazy."

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