Bill Warner, a 44-year-old marine biologist and tropical fish farmer from outside Tampa, died last Sunday after crashing his motorcycle in Limestone, Maine. He was clocked at 285 miles per hour when his ride went awry.
For the record, which was what Warner was all about, his speed was well below the 311-m.p.h. world record he posted on the same Limestone race track two years earlier. The mild-mannered Warner was a veteran of land-speed racing, a somewhat obscure art form of the big, crazy world of speed that encompasses everything from backyard dirt bikes to, well, motorcycles that rocket down old Strategic Air Command runway strips at speeds more common to a B-52.