An answer to Doc's question about a motorcycle with a rocket powered nose cone.
I got a chance to ask an AMA inspector about Doc's question about adding a rocket powered nosecone to a land speed bike, while we were eating dinner. This inspector is an old southern boy, who looks natural in overalls, with a wrench in one hand, and a rule book in the other. He probably has 40 years of experience, and I've worked with him for at least ten years. I proposed Doc's idea, and he turned towards me, squinted his eyes, and drawled, "He wants to do what?"
I explained that this was a hypothetical idea, and asked which rules it would violate. He leaned back and said, "It violates almost all of them."
I pressed on, and said, "Give me a specific one".
He said, "OK, bikes can only have non-moving aerodynamic surfaces. It violates that."
I said that was good enough, and he went back to eating BBQ llama. *
* I don't actually remember what he was eating. This conversation description, slightly fictionalized, depicts actual facts.