Laura Klock’s family – Why this family has a need for speed?

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Laura Klock and her two racing daughters holds the world land speed bike records. She and her husband, Brian, direct a well-respected custom motorcycle shop in South Dakota.  They are a successful family, but it`s been a long road to get there.Their two daughters are also world record motorcyclists.

laura6Why this family has a need for speed? It’s a good question.

Would you let your 16-year-old daughter race a motorcycle going faster than 100 mph? Well, Laura Klock, a 40-year-old mother of two girls raised a few eyebrows in 2007 when she allowed her daughter Erika (16 at the time) to compete for a land speed record at the Speed Trials by BUB, held at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah’s northwest corner.Then in September of 2008, her youngest, Karlee, 15, joined her sister and mother on the Salt Flats gunning for a record of her own. What inspires and motivates a mother to watch her two children participate in what many consider a very dangerous endeavor?

Laura’s response, “To see them out there riding is such a blessing, I’m so proud of them, just to have the courage to go out there and even try it.”

In 2006 Laura became well-known in motorcycling circles when she set a world record racing a customized Harley-Davidson Road Glide on the Bonneville Salt Flats going 143.659 mph in 2006. She was racing for Klock Werks Kustom Cycles, the company she owns with her husband, Brian Klock. In 2008, she broke her own record with a top speed of 153.906 mph, and a new record of 153.592 going into the books. Speed is in her blood, something she has no problem passing on to her children. But where did Laura’s love of speed come from?

As a young girl growing up in the Wisconsin countryside Laura was surrounded by motorcycles, ATVs, and snowmobiles. She not only loved to ride, both she and her brother loved to take apart anything they could get their hands on to see what made them tick. “My dad loved stock car racing, and spent many hours in the garage working on his race cars and hot rods,” Laura remembers. “Starting at a very young age, hanging out in the garage with my dad became one activity that brought some closeness between us.”

This relationship was important to Laura since her folks were divorced when she was in the 3rd grade. “I come from a dysfunctional family,” she shares. “There was alcoholism, and fighting — just bad stuff, but I didn’t come out of that not having love for my mom and dad. In fact, I’ve been able to use those less fortunate life experiences to help others who are struggling.”

The Laura’s life wasn’t easy. In her childhood she didn’t feel appreciated or loved – she was a terrible teenager, drinking, drug use, and an abortion at age 16. She talked about living a double life and carried that into her adult years.

But a mask is only temporary concealment and eventually her double life was exposed. However, instead of her life crashing apart, she turned the table and started a great and successful career. She didn’t give up. She is one of the braves women on motorcycle world.

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