Huffington Post called the Velocity Channel a, “Network for rich guys and their toys.” Although the viewer stats completely uphold the Posts reference, Velocity is proving they have not alienated other possible demographics. From All Girls Garage to their latest show Chasing Speed, Velocity is actually swinging their demographic doors wide open by appealing to ladies.
On Sunday the network aired their newest female motor-related series called Chasing Speed featuring Leslie Porterfield of Dallas, Texas. Also dubbed the Fastest Woman on Two Wheels, the show follows Porterfield as she pursues her most recent attempt to break speed records at Bonneville Salt Flats,UT.
The likable and stunning Porterfield shows her humble demeanor accented with talent, strength and determination, despite occasional odds and adversities. The audience also sees Porterfield does not shy easily and actually embraces challenges most human beings would run from. Besides bikes, “I have also driven race cars, Formula Fords and Miata’s in road racing events,” Porterfield said. “I like high adventure things and also ski, scuba and fly planes.” Being on the back of a bike is where Porterfield’s passion for life can be fully seen by viewers.
In Chasing Speed there is no doubt that Porterfield is less talk and all action even when she reaches scary high speeds. “When things go right at over 240 mph then this is not so scary,” Porterfield said. “But, when something goes wrong even at 50 mph, it is extremely scary especially when (during your race) you have parts fly off and tires go flat. When you are going over 100 mph it is really important to keep your head together (especially after you realize what has happened).” In these situations (like other harrowing life circumstances) the key is to get past it and stay calm. “My bike experience and time on them has helped, I know that things will happen – I realize that. I also minimize the risks as best as I can by preparing myself, and my machine, while running under good conditions. I also have a good crew.”
Porterfield also has many good people who encourage her at the salt flats. I am, “Fortunate enough to meet land speed racing people and Bonneville is like a family. Even fellow competitors who are going for the same records have helped me out with everything from parts to advice. Their camaraderie has helped me become successful and they are my second family.”
The lady racer has received numerous accolades from those who admire her success, courage and character. “Leslie is very much a lady and very secure in her own skin,” Dallas Motorcycle Expert Raine Devries said. “Riding has been a passion of hers for years and I even heard when Leslie was in her teens she took a cross country motorcycle ride from Texas to California by herself. Leslie is a constant professional who is gracious, down to earth, and what she can do on a motorcycle is second to none.”
The talents Porterfield brings to Chasing Speed are not just seen on the track, they are seen in her shop as she works on her bikes. It is shows like Chasing Speed and Velocity’s other female-oriented programs (like Velocity’s All Girl Garage) which encourage and motivate female viewers of all ages and reminds us that girls can do anything!
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