He was only 13 when he purchased and raced his first Harley-Davidson. Over the last 47 years this native New Mexican has exclusively ridden Harley-Davidson motorcycles. He has 38 years of professional and national competitions and titles to his credit.
Campos has set class records in both the American and National Hot Rod Association competitions. In 1974 he was inducted in to the 200 MPH Club. In 1990 Dave Campos earned the title of the Fastest Man on Two Wheels in a proclamation by the City of Albuquerque by setting a world land speed record of 322.150 m.p.h. in July 1990 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. He held that record until 2006.