Frederick Bowden, aged 42, from Helston, was convicted of dangerous driving at Truro Crown Court, Cornwall on 11 June 2009. His conviction follows a fatal collision on 13 July 2008 when fellow motorcyclist Andrew Prowse, 45, lost control of his bike and was killed as he and Bowden rode along the A30 near Loggans Moor, Hayle.
At the time of the crash Bowden was filming from his bike using a tank mounted camera. The footage shows Bowden reaching speeds in excess of 160mph as he travelled along country lanes and dual carriageways before the horrific crash which was captured on camera.
Bowden was given a 51 week sentence suspended for two years and disqualified from driving for three years.
After the case, Supt Tim Swarbrick said he believed that this was the fastest speed ever recorded in Devon and Cornwall and added:
"I would appeal for all motorists to adhere to the speed limit.
"Watching this video was not pleasant viewing and the subsequent incident was a tragedy for everyone, not least the traffic officers who had to attend the collision.
"At that speed, there is just no time to react and what we have seen on the video is truly shocking. The footage shows the bike carrying out dangerous overtaking manouvres, contravening white lines and actions which force other motorists to move out of the way.
"Other drivers being overtaken during this journey made comments that one or both of these motorcyclists may die - sadly this proved to be the case."
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