GLENDALE, Calif. (KABC) -- Ralph Hudson was not the favorite to set the record for the world's fastest sit-on motorcycle, but the 66-year-old did just that, hitting an average speed of 284 mph.
"When everything happens just right and it all comes together, it really isn't that big of a deal to go that fast" said Hudson.
But it is a big deal. The Los Angeles native owns a small shop in Glendale, Ironwood racing, and was up against seasoned professional Al Lamb. At an altitude of 12,000 feet, the conditions in Bolivia were also a challenge.
"I felt a little bit of the wind. A couple times I had to straighten out and keep from lifting my head up," Hudson said.
Hudson began racing back in 1970. He took a 28-year hiatus to take care of his family, but speed kept calling his name.
"I said to myself 'Am I going to be the guy who is always talking about doing this, or am I going to be the guy who actually does it?'" Hudson said.
Now at 66 and a world-record holder, Hudson still has no plans to slow down. In fact he's working on setting another record.
"The goal is to break 300 mph," Hudson said.
Glendale motorcycle racer, 66, sets world record at 284 mph