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SOCIETY OF LAND SPEED RACING HISTORIANS
NEWSLETTER 291 - August 31, 2013
Editor-in-Chief: Mary Ann Lawford
President of the Society: Jim Miller, 1-818-846-5139.
Photographic Editor of the Society: Roger Rohrdanz, beachtruck@juno.com
Northern California Reporter: Spencer Simon, sparklecraftspecial@yahoo.com
Field Reporter/Historian: Bob Falcon, RFalcon500@aol.com
Field Reporter/Historian: Richard Parks, Rnparks1@Juno.com 

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Some Names To Look For In This Newsletter:
Guest Columnist; By Dyno Don Bayti; Staff Editorial, By Richard Parks; Halibrand Engineering, Bob Falcon, Jackman Wheel Company, Curt Waters, Ed Weimer, Meyer-Drake, Fred Offenhauser; Hot Rod Magazine, Cal-Neva, Scta, Dick Katayanagi, Burly Burlile, Jim Miller, American Hot Rod Foundation, Wally Parks Nhra Motorsports Museum, Greg Sharp; Buddy And Ky Michaelson; Bonneville Speed Week, Jerry Cornelison, Road Runners; Speed Demon, Tom Wharton, George Poteet, Ron Main, Don Vesco, Rick Vesco, Scta, Hot Rod Magazine, Mike Cook, Terry Nish, Jinx Nish, Joann Carlson, Turbinator, Dave Spangler, Royal Purple, Cook’s Shootout; Bonneville Speedweek, Scta, Jim Snyde; New England Hot Rod Reunion, Automobile Club Of America, Wally Parks Nhra Motorsports Museum; Cruisin’ For A Cure, Debbie Baker, Ross Kroenert, Dave Mcclellan; Legion Ascot Speedway, Red And Russ Garnant, Jon Garnant, Offenhauser, John And Gloria Lucero, Sprint Car Hall Of Fame, Johnny Klann, Jim Miller; Laurent Dutruel, Bonneville; Snake & Mongoose Movie; Allen Parker, T. Winston Parker; Tony Colombini, Blacktop Magazine, Tony Thacker, World Of Speed Museum, Melvin Mark, Tim Knapp, Danica Patrick, Mickey Thompson, Herm Petersen, And Gaines/Markley/Bruins; Vic Enyart Sr And Jr, Thomas Flyer, Royce Hailey, Jesse Vincent; Le Roi Tex Smith, Albany Motors, Gow Jobs, Salsbury, Eutectic, Mcculloch, Indian And Harley Motorcycles, Powell, Mustang, Cushman; Le Roi Tex Smith, Bruce Crower, Ak Miller; Jimmy Brandau, Gearhead Gazzette; New Lsr Events In Texas, Top Speed 1-Mile Racing In Houston, Burly Burlile, Hennessey Performance, Ellington Field, Jay And Shannon Matus, Dave Golder, Bill Warner, Chase Field; Burly Burlile, Walter Devette, European Mile Lsr, Nigel Woods, Marnix Kraaij, Hans Mueller-Daum, Dick Beith, Abe And Dewey Potter, Mike Manghelli, Keith Pedersen, Zach Burns, Mike Fredman, Jake Raby, Bill Codding, Dave Best, Greg Leno, Mark Olson, Bob Stahl, Dick And Aaron Brewer; Monster Of The Salt, Mark Gardiner, Nira Johnson, Bonneville Salt Flats, Indian Motorcycle, Spirit Of Munro, Burt Munro; Gale Banks Newsletter, Banks Power, Leo Goosen, C.P. Auto & Marine Racing Engines, Daredevils, Travel Channel, Dan Neil, Jay Leno, Kevin Cullen, Mike Ryan, Motorhead Traveler, Allen Berg; John Hutchinson, Kustomrama

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GUEST COLUMNIST; BY DYNO DON BAYTI
 
  I have never supported these (car) Scrap Bills (California Senate Bill 459) for two main reasons; 1) Scrap vehicles and wrecking yards have been finding each other on their own for many years without the government interfering. 2) It is not the government’s job to spend our tax dollars so frivolously. I have faxed letters of opposition from the Inland Empire Car Club Council & my car club, the Over the Hill Gang-Berdoo, to all the California State Legislators representing Inland Empire Districts and a few others that I have worked with in the past. I urge all clubs and individuals to do the same. "Dyno" Don Bayti

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STAFF EDITORIAL, by Richard Parks. 
   I received the following from Tina Van Curen. “Author Peter Brock will be at Autobooks/Aerobooks on September 7, 2013 for a book signing and to meet his fans. The time will be from 10 AM to 2 PM. His new book is called CORVETTE STINGRAY; GENESIS OF AN AMERICAN ICON. The Autobooks/Aerobooks store is located at 2900 W. Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, California 91505.” 
  
Autobooks/Aerobooks (http://www.autobooks-aerobooks.com/) has a long history in Burbank going back to the 1950’s. Jay Leno sometimes stops by to see his friends there and have a cup of coffee and donut. It’s a great little book shop with lots of colorful locals in the hot rodding scene who hold court there. It’s important to develop our libraries on the car culture and to support the writers, photographers, and artists who make a living by bringing our culture to life. It is really simple; if we want them to continue to do research and give us new insight into the written and photographed history of our sports, we need to buy their books and tell them how important these men and women are to us. Autobooks/Aerobooks always has a very good supply of hard to find books and on subjects we care about. Buy a book for yourself and a few more to give away as holiday presents.
   Other sources are the gift shops found at various museums; Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum (www.museum.nhra.com), Petersen Automotive Museum (http://www.petersen.org/), Automobile Driving Museum (http://www.automobiledrivingmuseum.org/), Price Museum of Speed (http://pricemuseumofspeed.org/), San Diego Automobile (http://sdautomuseum.org/) and Air Museums. In all of these gift shops you can find a wide selection of books, DVDs, and other forms of memorabilia at reasonable prices. While gift shops do carry some very expensive collectibles, their normal souvenirs and gifts are in the $10 to $30 range, which is why you can do your holiday shopping there for that special person in your life. If you can’t visit in person they can help you on-line or even by telephone. A gift shop actually produces more revenue for a museum than does ticket and admission prices and they need our support if they are to continue their missions as museums of historical racing artifacts.

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HALIBRAND ENGINEERING, BOB FALCON, JACKMAN WHEEL COMPANY, CURT WATERS, ED WEIMER, MEYER-DRAKE, FRED OFFENHAUSER.
 
  After 30 years service at Halibrand Engineering I learned a lot about these items and my experience was what could be termed "Hands On" knowledge.  What is important in this piece in progress is the dates of the activity. Magnesium foundry work was carried out by numerous local Los Angeles based foundries due to the growth of the local aircraft work carried out in SoCal during WW2. So aluminum and magnesium foundry work was quite prolific; but along came the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the facilities began to drift to areas not under the watchful eye of CARB until those who specialized in work with magnesium disappeared from SoCal altogether. The old Halibrand wood patterns are scattered hither and yon...even to ashes on a beach in San Diego where the folks at Jackman Wheel Company, one of the string of owners of the name after Ted sold his company to Curt Waters, would use the patterns as firewood for their beach party's. These patterns were fabricated by Ed Weimer at his tiny shop on the Halibrand Campus and were works of art. Ed was a prolific pattern maker and one of his clients was Meyer-Drake after they purchased the racing engine business from Fred Offenhauser.  You just cannot hang your hat on the technical information that is passed on and modified by the racing media; for instance the fire danger of cast magnesium in a machine shop environment.  Bob Falcon
   EDITOR: Offenhauser picked up Harry Miller’s company through bankruptcy. Meyer-Drake purchased the Miller/Offenhauser rights, and in turn sold the rights to Stuart Van Dyne in Huntington Beach sometime around 2000. Tooling and patterns are scattered around at various shops and foundries, but remain the legal property of the current owner.

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HOT ROD MAGAZINE, CAL-NEVA, SCTA, DICK KATAYANAGI, BURLY BURLILE, JIM MILLER, AMERICAN HOT ROD FOUNDATION, WALLY PARKS NHRA MOTORSPORTS MUSEUM, GREG SHARP.
 
    I recently found a reference to an October 1954 issue of HOT ROD Magazine and a story about the Cal-Neva Timing Association's half mile drags.  Since the SCTA also did half mile drags at Riverside in the sixties, I have added 1/2 mile (and Kilo) events records into the VW land speed history I maintain.  This article showed the photo of a VW bug running the half mile in 1953/54 (?) and this makes the driver, Dick (or Dik?) Katayanagi, the oldest known VW to participate in LSR (and also the first VW drag racer period). I Googled and found a forum where this mystery article and the VW was discussed and discovered his top speed was 61.21 mph.  I also discovered Dick was closely involved with the NHRA and the Safety Safari in its formative years and wondered if you knew Dick or had any contact info on him as I would like to get his "VW" story if possible.  Burly Burlile
     EDITOR: Try contacting Jim Miller at the American Hot Rod Foundation (www.ahrf.com) and Greg Sharp at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum (www.museum/nhra.com).  They might be able to direct you to the right person who knows Katayanagi.

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BUDDY AND KY MICHAELSON
    
This is a show (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmTbRsLrMyM) my 13 year old son Buddy Michaelson did on me and my family.  Ky Michaelson
     EDITOR: A very good representation.  I enjoyed it very much.  Tell Buddy he did a great job.

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BONNEVILLE SPEED WEEK, JERRY CORNELISON, ROAD RUNNERS
Bonneville Speed Week 2013 Road Runners results and pictures are now posted on our Results Page (http://www.ussarcherfish.com/roadrunners/results.htm) and Records Page (http://www.ussarcherfish.com/roadrunners/records.htm).  Congratulations to Bill Anderson and Scott Baxter on new records.  Buddy Walker has a record pending I think.  Despite some blown engines and transmission problems for some it was a good week for the Road Runners. Jerry Cornelison, Road Runners - SCTA (est. 1937)

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SPEED DEMON, TOM WHARTON, GEORGE POTEET, RON MAIN, DON VESCO, RICK VESCO, SCTA, HOT ROD MAGAZINE, MIKE COOK, TERRY NISH, JINX NISH, JOANN CARLSON, TURBINATOR, DAVE SPANGLER, ROYAL PURPLE, COOK’S SHOOTOUT.
   Speed Demon steals the show on Speed Week’s final day. Streamliner wins award for fastest car for fifth straight year. By TOM WHARTON, The Salt Lake Tribune. First Published August 19, 2013.    
   Call Speed Demon the little car that can. The California-based streamliner owned by George Poteet and Ron Main might not run as big an engine as its competitors, but it now can claim to have recorded the fastest piston-driven car time in the 65-year history of the Southern California Timing Association’s Bonneville Nationals, an outing known as Speed Week. Poteet drove the car to a top speed of 451.933 mph Friday to claim Hot Rod Magazine’s trophy for Speed Week’s fastest time for the fifth year in a row. The car’s two-day average speed of 437.183 mph smashed the Class C Blown Fuel Streamliner mark of 390.  
   That time also broke a 14-year-old mark set by the late Don Vesco in the turbine-powered Turbinator as the fastest ever recorded during Speed Week, which ended Friday on the Bonneville Salt Flats east of Wendover.   "We’re running against engines twice our size," said Speed Demon owner Main. "We’re the spoilers. We’re like the high school football team playing against the Rams. We run a 346-cubic-inch small block engine where everybody else is running 500- and 600-cubic-inch engines." Speed Demon recorded a 436.140 time Thursday and backed it up Friday with an average timed speed of 438.226 mph. Main said the goal each year is to be the fastest car on the salt. Poteet has driven Speed Demon over 400 mph more than 30 times, the only driver to reach those speeds that many times. This year’s record didn’t come easily. "We came with three engines, three transmissions and three rear ends and blew up all three engines," said Main. 
   Speed Demon will return to the Salt Flats Sept. 12-16 for Mike Cook’s invitation-only Shootout, an event the Utah-based Vesco and Nish teams seemed to be preparing for in limited runs during Speed Week. "Bring them on," said Main. "Our engines are a mess, but we will have them back together loaded for bear." Terry Nish of Salt Lake-based Nish Motorsports had nothing but praise for the Speed Demon crew and Poteet as he watched the run Friday. "It was a beautiful thing to watch," said Nish. "It’s quite an accomplishment. George Poteet is the most terrific human being I’ve ever met." Vesco’s Turbinator made its first runs since 2002 when it recorded a top speed of 458.440 mph during the World Finals trials. Those are usually the last sponsored speed trials held on the Salt Flats and are scheduled for Oct. 1-4 this year.
   Designer Rick Vesco of Rockville has worked to improve the length, stability and speed of the four-wheel drive vehicle powered by helicopter engines. Turbinator, now driven by Californian Dave Spangler, is still in its testing phase. It hit a top speed of 235 mph Thursday and then hit 247 in a problem-plagued effort Friday that was aborted when it ran too close to the edge of the track, hit a mile marker and sustained some body damage. "We’re not sure why that happened," said Jinx Vesco, the team’s spokesperson. "The car just suddenly veered. We have all the data and will be dropping that off in Salt Lake City with the data experts. We will compare the video with the data and figure out what happened. There was no wind and everything sounded good. There was a sudden change in the fuel pressure." 
   Nish Motorsports brought its Project 450 Royal Purple car to Speed Week with a new 520-cubic-inch Hemi engine. It reached 302 mph in its only run of the meet. Nish said the crew is working on some issues and plans to run at the Cook meet. "As we got into checking the engine out, there were some fuel delivery problems," said Nish. "The engine has some experimental parts on it. It leaned out. It didn’t kill it, but it hurt it bad enough that we won’t run any further at this meet. Parts are coming. … We are enthused about the Cook Shootout and going after a world record." Nish said the course for Speed Week was treacherous and the 12-mile course set up for the Cook event may be more promising. Southern California Timing Association official JoAnn Carlson called the annual event successful with a record 550 entries.

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BONNEVILLE SPEEDWEEK, SCTA, JIM SNYDER
The first (http://www.scta-bni.org/Bonneville/SpeedWeek%202013/LiveStream.html) is via the SCTA website, live audio of the announcers' broadcast, which has photos, and the second (komivesphoto@gmail.com) is a site of photos from this year's Speed Week, and previous years as well.  Also, see www.bangshift.com for photos and videos.  Jim Snyder

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NEW ENGLAND HOT ROD REUNION, AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF AMERICA, WALLY PARKS NHRA MOTORSPORTS MUSEUM.
   Inaugural New England Hot Rod Reunion Presented by AAA Insurance, September 12-14, 2013 Thursday – Saturday, New England Dragway Epping, New Hampshire.  Courtesy of www.hotrodhotline.com
   The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, long a dream of NHRA founder Wally Parks, opened to the public April 4, 1998, after years of planning and months of hard work cataloging and arranging the exhibit. Housed in a 28,500-square-foot building on the edge of the historic Los Angeles County Fairplex, the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum's mission is to celebrate the impact of motorsports on our culture. We collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the vehicles, stories, and artifacts that represent our affection for, and the influence of, automotive speed and style in all its forms. We are the place to view and learn about hot rods, customs, racecars and speed records, and the West Coast's role as the historic center for their past and present development. 
   The Museum features an impressive array of vintage and historical racing vehicles –- nearly 50 at the Grand Opening -- along with photographs, trophies, helmets and driving uniforms, artifacts, paintings, and other memorabilia chronicling more than 50 years of American motorsports. A gift shop offers a wide variety of souvenir items. The Museum is open during the annual Los Angeles County Fair. Please check the Fairplex website for hours of operation and admission prices (www.fairplex.com). Museum admission is just $1 with regular paid Fair admission ticket.   HOURS: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Extended hours during the NHRA Winternationals and NHRA Finals. Also, hours change during the annual Los Angeles County Fair.  HOLIDAYS WE ARE CLOSED: Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. 
   Current NHRA members are admitted free. Admission for non-members is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 60 and older, $6 for juniors 6 through 15, and free for children under the age of 5. AAA discount available.  From the 10 fwy east, exit White Avenue, proceed North, turn left on McKinley Avenue, enter Fairplex Gate 1. From the 210 fwy, exit Fruit Avenue, proceed South, turn right on McKinley Avenue. The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is located at Fairplex Gate 1, 1101 W. McKinley Avenue in Pomona. Call us at (909) 622-2133.  Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum 1101 W. McKinley Ave. Building 3A Pomona CA, 91768 Museum Main Number: 909-622-2133 Museum Fax Number: 909-622-1206 Reunion Hotline: 909-622-8562, or email to
themuseum@nhra.com. Website is at; www.museum.nhra.com.

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CRUISIN’ FOR A CURE, DEBBIE BAKER, ROSS KROENERT, DAVE MCCLELLAN.
   Cruisin' For A Cure is presented by Debbie Baker, Ross Kroenert and over 125 volunteers. The 14th Annual Show will be on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Orange County Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa CA. The event is supporting the CITY of HOPE Prostate Cancer Program. (Courtesy of www.hotrodhotline.com)     
   For 14 years now, Debbie Baker has been educating folks about prostate cancer with the best tool she can think of: a classic car show. Namely, the Cruisin' for a Cure event in Costa Mesa, CA which combines a huge custom/classic auto show with prostate cancer screenings to raise awareness about the disease and encourage early detection and prevention. "I call Cruisin' For A Cure the "Save Your Life" Car Show in California. It's the largest one day charity event in the nation with more than 3500 cars, old and new," explains Debbie. 
   "Over the past 13 years we have tested more than 12,000 men for prostate cancer and have saved over 3,000 men from the disease they would not have known about had they not taken advantage of the free screenings at this event and others." Debbie started the event after her husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer. She and the team of volunteers and organizers want to make sure that the disease can be identified early. The event is held in September as part of Prostate Cancer Awareness month. She knew that the cars would bring in the crowds, and that the availability of the free screenings would certainly encourage attendees to get their numbers checked. 
   The event has been so successful that a number of shows around the country have sprung up, like Car Show/Cancer Screening franchises. Cruisin' for a Cure is an all volunteer event, and to make sure the fundraising goes directly research, entry and participant checks are made out to the research institution itself. In this case, it is the City of Hope Prostate Cancer Program in Orange County, CA. The event is supported by a number of outside sponsors as well including Meguiar's, Magnaflow, Firestone, America's tires, Interstate Batteries, Mac Tools, Mickey Thompson Tires amongst the 250 vendors. Dave McClellan, the voice of NHRA, acts as MC. 
  In addition to the car show, the event features live entertainment, food, and cruisin' lanes. But the most important facet is the screening component. Debbie will identify survivors and give them blue shirts to wear during the event as inspiration to the other attendees. The efforts are making a difference. "Men are starting to realize that prostate cancer is "not an old man's disease," Debbie explains. "It is claiming 207,000 lives a year. Getting a simple PSA blood test and tracking their numbers for comparison each year to see if they start to go up makes a difference. We are seeing prostate cancer now more and more in men in their early 40's and with more aggressive cancers too. They need to start screening now."
   Debbie has words for the men directly, "You put oil in your cars, you check your radiators, why not check your own body with a simple blood test? If you want to do the complete exam, that's free too. Last year alone, 26 out of 186 men had a full exam, and came back with suspicious lumps. That exam literally saved their lives." The original Cruisin' for a Cure will be held September 28, 2013 at the OC Fair and Events center in Costa Mesa, CA. Check our events page to find out more about related events in other areas of the country. For more information, go to
www.cruisinforacure.com.

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LEGION ASCOT SPEEDWAY, RED AND RUSS GARNANT, JON GARNANT, OFFENHAUSER, JOHN AND GLORIA LUCERO, SPRINT CAR HALL OF FAME, JOHNNY KLANN, JIM MILLER.
     The purpose in contacting you was relative to your great book review of LEGION ASCOT SPEEDWAY.  You reviewed the revised edition and I only heard about the book itself about 4 months ago.  I can't seem to get a copy other than a first edition.  In any event, my father and uncle, Red and Russ Garnant, both long deceased are referenced in the book and spent most of their youth in racing during 1927-1945.  This book and the Offenhauser book are the only literature I know of and as most men of their day, they spoke little of it, for a number of reasons.  I was told only snippets of info and have lots of pictures from the 1930's and '40's, though few have any markings on the back.  My dad would get real quiet once he started to reminisce. 
     My uncle Russ is in the Sprint Car Hall of Fame and as a bad son, I have waited to compile data on my own dad for submission.  I want to complete it by month's end and get it to them.  Here are my questions please; is Mr Lucero still alive and if so can he be contacted?  Do you know where I can obtain a revised edition of his book, and is it materially different from the first edition?  Thank you so very much and again thank you for the great book review...would have made my old man proud to read it. Jon Garnant
   JON: I haven't heard from John Lucero in quite some time.  His phone number was 951-927-5539, but it has been disconnected.  He may still be alive, but he would be around 85 years old by now.  Try using the on-line white pages for the area around Hemet, California and type in John or Gloria Lucero.  If John has passed away maybe his wife Gloria is still around.  LEGION ASCOT SPEEDWAY is not the best written book, or even easy to use as an encyclopedia for research, but I rate it with all of its errors as a seminal work.  That's because Lucero is the only writer on the subject, has a zeal that was unmatched and is a reference book that I go to constantly for information on the subject of champ car racing in Los Angeles in the 1920's and '30's.  Lucero wrote from his memory and also used interviews with people who raced at Legion Ascot, such as Johnny Klann.  Lucero also used clippings from the local newspapers to fill in any gaps.  He was thorough and careful, as far as I could tell.
     Many people write in with requests and I'm sorry to say that we are volunteers and have precious little time to do the research needed, but we are willing to help people put together a story that they can publish or pass on to their families.  There is a lot of information out there, but sometimes not on the people in question.  If you are interested I can try and help you compile a history of your racing family and then publish it on some of the websites where others can see it and contact you with what they know.  I can tell you that if you keep at it your research will grow.  It's only a matter of finding where the records are buried.  Also, contact our historian and president of our society, Jim Miller, at 818-846-5139.  He knows a great deal about racing in Southern California and may be able to direct you in your research.  As to the differences between the two versions of the book I can't say, as I only have the revised edition and usually the reason the author does that is to add a chapter, usually at the back of the book, or photos that he came across after the first book was published.  Lucero did not explain why he republished a revised edition or if it was markedly more comprehensive than the first edition.  In addition, my cousin has programs from Legion Ascot from the 1930's for sale and they may have something on your father and uncle. 

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LAURENT DUTRUEL, BONNEVILLE, WWW.BIKERHOTLINE.COM.
STAFF NOTES
; the following is courtesy of www.bikerhotline.com, photos and a video can be seen at the website.
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Team Laurent “Zen” Dutruel and his team traveled from France all the way to the Bonneville Salt Flats to set a land speed record with his turbocharged Harley-Davidson. To keep things interesting, Laurent rode his motorcycle from California to Bonneville.  Here’s the video chronicle of Laurent’s ride to Bonneville.   On August 16, 2013, after a few hiccups with the bike and broken parts, Laurent and his team successfully set a land speed record for the 1350cc M-PBG class with a speed of 158.642 mph!

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SNAKE & MONGOOSE MOVIE
     Have any of you received an invite to the "Snake & Mongoose" Premiere on Monday, August 26 at a movie theatre in Los Angeles, California.  Please take plenty of photos and send them to me.  lf you're getting a DVD of the movie, please send me one as its highly unlikely that the movie will be shown in the United Kingdom.  I will pay you for the DVD and postage. Thanks John Hutchinson
     JOHN:
A much better way for you to get access to the film would be to contact the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum (www.http://museum.nhra.com/), the Petersen Automotive Museum (http://www.petersen.org/) souvenir gift shop or Tina Van Curen at Autobooks/Aerobooks (http://www.autobooks-aerobooks.com/).  For photographs see www.hotrodhotline.com or www.landspeedracing.com.  You can also check out the SNAKE & MONGOOSE website at http://snakeandmongoosemovie.com/.  The website Hotrodhotline.com also has movie, magazine and book reviews.  Don't forget to check out THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0412080/), HEART LIKE A WHEEL (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085656/), AMERICAN GRAFFITI (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069704/)  and DEUCE OF SPADES (http://www.deuceofspadesmovie.com/).   These are all great hot rodding movies.
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JOHN HUTCHINSON, CRAZY HORSES, BRIAN TAYLOR, THE HISTORY OF BRITISH DRAG RACING.
   l forgot to mention "Crazy Horses, The History Of British Drag Racing" by Brian Taylor. What Drag Racing, Car & books, etc do you have?  John Hutchinson
   JOHN: Please check www.hotrodhotline.com for book reviews and if you don't see a book review there for the books that you have then notify the author or the owner of the website and request that a book, movie or magazine review be written.  You will find a nice list of books on the review list and where to purchase any that interest you.  The purpose of the review section is to acquaint fans of straight-line racing with the works of authors.  We want to encourage everyone to build up their libraries and to support writers, photographers and artists to continue to create a body of work on our racing history, culture and heritage. 
     You have a nice library, but there are some books that you should add to your list and some DVDs too.  I do reviews of books, magazines and movies on request.  I don't charge for them and will sometimes buy books.  If someone sends me a book that is unsolicited they must also include a prepaid return package if they want their book back. I use a few of your emails in the SOCIETY OF LAND SPEED RACING HISTORIANS NEWSLETTER, which is at www.landspeedracing.com.  Write "Personal and Confidential" on your correspondence if you don’t want them published.  We can use all the correspondents and reporters we can get from Europe to tell us about what is going on over there and also on the history of early drag racing and LSR on the continent. 

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ALLEN PARKER, T. WINSTON PARKER
   I book marked HotrodHotline many years ago and in cleaning out my book marks today, I came across it again and took a moment to read the President's corner on the linked page, March 26,2009.  Under Class Five of the Stock Passenger class, I found my grandfather, T. Winston Parker. I knew he was mentioned in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED for his run, but finding it on line was fun.  I am attaching a picture with the car, the trophy and my granddad standing by the fenders. Thought you might want to see it.  It was not a fancy Chevy, or painted like the hotrods of today, but the fuel-injected car did him right.  Allen Parker
   ALLEN: If you have some biographical history on your grandfather would you submit it?  We would like to know more about his story. 

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TONY COLOMBINI, BLACKTOP MAGAZINE, TONY THACKER, WORLD OF SPEED MUSEUM, MELVIN MARK, TIM KNAPP, DANICA PATRICK, MICKEY THOMPSON, HERM PETERSEN, AND GAINES/MARKLEY/BRUINS.
STAFF NOTES: the following is from Tony Colombini at www.blacktopmagazine.com
   World of Speed Plans Motorsports Exposition World of Speed, a nonprofit experiential motor sports exposition, has purchased an 80,000 square foot building in Wilsonville, Ore., as the permanent home for an auto racing and performance car tourism destination and an auto industry educational program. “We’ve been looking for a home for nearly a year,” said Tony Thacker, executive director, World of Speed. “Our vision is to showcase our amazing car collection in a destination tourist attraction that supports the visitor industry, and inspires young people to explore career opportunities in the auto industry in a fun and exciting environment.” 
   World of Speed plans to occupy the former location of Town and Country Jeep Dodge in Wilsonville, which will be organized to accommodate more than 100 vehicles, a workshop area, and space to accommodate educational activities. Melvin Mark Brokerage Company represented World of Speed in its purchase of the building. Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp, an avid show-car fan who also restores older vehicles, said, “World of Speed has the potential to be an exciting new asset not just to Wilsonville, but also for the entire Portland region and state. This attraction can be a real draw for visitors from across the country and even internationally that complements the City’s tourism strategy now under development. The Wilsonville community looks forward to hosting World of Speed.” 
   World of Speed’s collection is comprised of race and performance cars from various venues including NASCAR, land speed racing, drag racing, open wheel, sports cars and motorcycles. The collection includes classic American muscle cars as well as racecars with a Pacific Northwest connection. Through interactive exhibits and hands-on activities, World of Speed will offer visitors a behind-the-scenes view of the world of racing. Recently, Ford Motor Company donated a Mustang that will be reconfigured into a hands-on display to showcase how a car is constructed, what materials are used and how materials are recycled. A real Indy car will function as a simulator for fans of all ages, while a car formerly raced by Danica Patrick should appeal to female visitors.
   Several historic racecars are in the collection including Mickey Thompson’s famous record-breaking Assault, Herm Petersen’s Northwest Terror, and the Gaines Markley/Rob Bruins National Hot Rod Association Top Fuel Championship Car from 1979. World of Speed is also undertaking restoration responsibilities for any need that arises. Programming and activities will expose young people to the opportunities available in the auto industry, and to help educate them to enter the workforce or advance to specialized education. A curriculum will be developed under the supervision of Mr. Thacker. The auto industry touches nearly two million people in jobs ranging from design, assembly and repair of vehicles. According to Thacker, that figure doesn’t include the performance aftermarket and racing industry that is estimated to be $30 billion by the Specialty Equipment Market Association.
   A typical professional NASCAR team might employ up to 140 people including cooks, marketers and race mechanics. “This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to showcase this sport,” said Thacker. “Vocational educational has all but disappeared from our schools at a time when the auto industry needs designers, engineers and mechanics more than ever. Oregon is the perfect location to attract and inspire young people to explore the array of promising careers in a very dynamic and popular industry. We are proud to offer this opportunity and to greet our new visitors.” Plans for redevelopment are underway. The World of Speed is expected to open in the fall of 2014. Learn more at www.WorldOfSpeed.org.

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VIC ENYART SR AND JR, THOMAS FLYER, ROYCE HAILEY, JESSE VINCENT.
Automobile Trivia.  Sent in by SLSRH member Vic Enyart.
1) Who invented the electric turn signal?  Answer: Victor E. Enyart.  Patented in 1920.  (My father)
2) Where was parallel parking first instituted and by whom.  Chicago, Illinois.  Victor E. Enyart of the Chicago Motor Club.  My dad performed a formal demonstration and the city adopted it.
3) Where was the first roadside service started?  Chicago, Illinois based on an idea of my mother, presented by my father to the Chicago Motor Club who put the idea in practice.
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Q: Who opened the first drive-in gas station?  A: Gulf opened up the first station in Pittsburgh in 1913.
Q: What city was the first to use parking meters?  A: Oklahoma City, on July 16, 1935.
Q: Where was the first drive-in restaurant?  A: Royce Hailey's Pig Stand opened in Dallas in 1921.
Q: What car first referred to itself as a convertible?  A: The 1904 Thomas Flyer, which had a removable hard top.
Q: What car used the first successful series-production hydraulic valve lifters?  A: The 1930 Cadillac 452, the first production V16.
Q: Where was the World's first three-color traffic lights installed?   A: Detroit, Michigan in 1919. Two years later they experimented with synchronized lights.
Q: Where was the first drive-in movie theater opened, and when?  A: Camden, NJ in 1933.
Q: What autos were the first to use a standardized production key-start system?   A: The 1949 Chryslers.
Q: What car was the first to place the horn button in the center of the steering wheel?  A: The 1915 Scripps-Booth Model C.  The car also was the first with electric door latches.
Q: What was the lowest priced mass produced American car?  A: The 1925 Ford Model T Runabout. Cost $260, $5 less than 1924.
Q: What car delivered the first production V12 engine?   A: The cylinder wars were kicked off in 1915 after Packard's chief engineer, Colonel Jesse Vincent, introduced its Twin-Six.
Q: When were seat belts first fitted to a motor vehicle?   A: In 1902, in a Baker Electric streamliner racer which crashed at 100 mph on Staten Island.
Q: What U.S. production car had the largest 4 cylinder engine?   A: The 1907 Thomas sported a 571 cu. in. (9.2liter) engine.

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LE ROI TEX SMITH, ALBANY MOTORS, GOW JOBS, SALSBURY, EUTECTIC, MCCULLOCH, INDIAN AND HARLEY MOTORCYCLES, POWELL, MUSTANG, CUSHMAN.
SCOOTS! By Le Roi Tex Smith 
   The war had not been over long, and there still were practically no new cars available from Detroit. I was helping my dad in the body shop at Albany Motors, a Ford dealer in exotic Albany, California, right there across the bay from San Francisco. I had longed for a hot roadster (we called them Gow Jobs), but the quickest way to independence seemed through a motorcycle. Except the Harley’s and Indians were in short supply, too. Then I saw the answer, right there in a store front window in Berkeley. Yep, just the ticket, a brand spanking new Salsbury motor scooter. Bright red!!
   Now, I was no stranger to scooters, I had owned a pre-war Cushman for some time, but it was a dullard in capitals. DULL! And this was a behemoth in the scoot world, even today when I see a restored beauty, I marvel at how large the Salsbury was/is. The ‘bury was about five foot long, with a streamlined step through body. There was a flat floorboard that included the foot brake and the foot throttle. The six and a half horse engine kick start lever was out the front portion of the main body. Nothing unusual, just in a great package. Later in my ownership, I replaced the foot throttle with a handlebar twist throttle. I especially liked the “automatic” trans, which was a centrifugal variable B-belt gizmo that really worked. I see the same idea being bandied about for modern small cars. 
   Working in a body shop, I had an almost unlimited supply of unused paint left-overs, in both enamel and lacquer. Naturally, as one does, I painted the scooter every Saturday. That original bright red became every possible color, including one month-long stint in a purple Flock. Yep, trade name of Flock. Intended as a repair of anything Mohair-like. I used it on dashboards, kick-panels, headliners. First I brushed on a thin coat of cement, then using a “spray gun” that looked exactly like a fly spraying pump gun, I would spray a coating of short fiber. The result was a finish that looked and felt like velvet. Kinda. I notice in Hemmings that this product is still available. Neat enough, until trying to remove the furry covering. It was hell. Finally, the body grinder and a box of 30 grit grinding discs did the job. 
   One time, up in Idaho, I had a malfunction. The oil pump gear broke into three pieces, and it didn’t look like I would find a replacement. A neighbor, whose daughter I was sweet on, was a regional sales manager for a major welding supply company. He suggested he could weld the gear with Eutectic, which is a kind of lower temp brazing/soldering. Incredibly strong, and when I finally traded the Salsbury for a milk separator McCulloch supercharger, it was going strong as ever. You know what they go for now? In the sixteen grand area. I seem to remember I paid 150(?) new. Next Salsbury I ever saw was at Bonneville, under the command of a major force in street rodding. He had found it buried in a barn somewhere. 
   Neat as that particular scoot was, however, I always liked the Mustang semi-motorcycle better. The one with solid wheels. Well, actually I have a hankering for a Powell. Look ‘em up on the net. Then, maybe one of those fold-up paratrooper scooters from War Twice, and in my shop in Idaho I have the end result of a major laydown of a large modern import scooter. Most plastic body parts departed this life, but mechanically I have the basis of my own stylized body ala Salsbury. All for the garbage pit take-home fee of twenty bucks. I do not have, nor want, a Cushman. That original pre-war push-to-maybe-start version cured me of the brand name. 
   Now there is a kind of sub-industry of supplies and information about scooters. Magazines, which include most of the American scoots, while the net is full of sources. Clubs, registers, associations……and any restoration extravaganza seems to have a small area set aside just for scoot fanatics. They do make good projects for restoration, since they are basically hammer and tong simple and don’t consume much room. Well, except for Salsbury’s.  Some really great news is that the Mustang scoot is back, ain’t cheap, but it sure nuff rattles my rafters!

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LE ROI TEX SMITH, BRUCE CROWER, AK MILLER.
Buick Builds Better.  By Le Roi Tex Smith.  Courtesy of www.hotrodhotline.com.  
     I love inline engines. The miniscule and the mega behemoths. Oh, there is no melody like the song of a V engine on stride, but something about a great inline stirs the soul. Hasn’t always been that way.  One of the side effects of the rat rod movement is the realization of younger generation rodders that not all engines need be forked eights. Or forked anything. Let me tell you about my times with the Buick straight eights, and good times they were. It all started because of Lee Wooley and Idaho State College.
     I had gone down to Pocatello, Idaho to take on Idaho State College in l951. Drove my chopped and fenderless ’33 coupe down, and within a week had met up with a dozen or so local rodders who liked to hang at a local gas station. One of them mentioned Lee Wooley was building a car for the Bonneville Salt Flats. “Zat so”, I mused, since I was also going down the following summer. Long to short, I met Lee and became a kind of hanger-on to his l939 Buick Special (Century engine) coupe project.
     Actually, it was a Pontiac body going on the Buick chassis Lee had assembled. A really nice chassis at that, everything painted black and clean. The engine was a 300 something (I keep remembering it as 320 cubic inches) that Lee had wrenched over the past year, and it sounded lethal. At that time, there were a couple other straight eights in Poky, one a great sedan convert that I would love now. For a tow car we would use Lee’s l940 four door Buick; itself no slouch in our impromptu open road drag races out by the airport.
     So, Lee was a consummate mechanic and the kind of hot rodder that every car nut would do well to emulate. He made amazing mechanical devices! The Buick Century coupe was a prime example. Keep in mind that all his work was without yours truly, I was trying to get through college. But I could gopher, which was handy when we would hook the coupe behind the four door for a Friday or Saturday night invasion of Salt Lake City. Now I can’t remember the name of the drive –in we assaulted, maybe it was Fred & Kelly’s. Whatever, all the area hot dogs liked to hang there, and when we towed in after a two hundred pull from Pocatello, it was Katy bar the door. A lot of very foolish guys thought they could take on the mighty Eight. I don’t remember a single loss, and I do remember some cool green coming Lee’s way; it paid for gas.
     So, we towed the behemoth to the salt flats right after it was finished. Like everyone, we went with bedrolls and baloney sandwiches, did it the lowdown way. Back then, you pulled off the old main east/west highway directly onto the salt and just threw down a few tools to mark your pit. We ended up next to Ak Miller on one side and Dick Scritchfield on the other. That is, until Lee fired the engine for warm-up. The exhaust system was hardly sophisticated, being just eight individual lengths of flex tubing all coming together in a bunch just under the door (where the running board had originally been). The sound was huge, and penetrating. That Buick literally bellowed! Which is why Ak moved farther away. Way farther away.
     At any rate, we were running in D Coupe, and after several runs of 115mph, Lee was getting anxious and disappointed because he thought the car was good for much more. He wanted to pack up and leave. I thought it was a matter of tire spin, so I convinced Lee to let me speak with an old SLC buddy who had some Indy tires of much bigger diameter. We borrowed the tires and immediately jumped to 125. Yep, losing traction. Plus, we traced the engine leaning problem to fuel lines being too small from the trunk mounted tank.
   That particular engine ended up being in a small T roadster running out of the Las Vegas area, and it held the NHRA quarter mile record for several years. Love them big inlines. Which reminds me to remind you about other terrific inline eights. Like the big Nash that Bruce Crower went humongous fast with in a modified roadster about 20 years ago at the salt flats. And the Mopar flat eight that powered a very successful streamliner a bit later, and the Packard flatty that a rodder used for his street roadster at the wildly popular street nights during Speed Week, and… well, the list is endless. All you gotta do is look around when you want to build a REAL hot rod!

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JIMMY BRANDAU, GEARHEAD GAZZETTE.
GEARHEAD GAZZETTE Issue 4 - Volume 13. This issue is 50 pages of hot rodding and a car show section from the Mid-South to the Midwest and up the eastern seaboard. The cruise night section with cruises on almost every night of the week. Show coverage from the Tennessee Motorama, the Gathering of Geezers, and the Kris Kringle Invitational show. http://www.gearheadgazzette.com/gg/current-issue/.  Jimmy Brandau

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NEW LSR EVENTS IN TEXAS, TOP SPEED 1-MILE RACING IN HOUSTON, BURLY BURLILE, HENNESSEY PERFORMANCE, ELLINGTON FIELD, JAY AND SHANNON MATUS, DAVE GOLDER, BILL WARNER, CHASE FIELD.
     The team of The Texas Mile that brought Top Speed 1-Mile Competitions to The Lone Star State will bring 1-Mile Racing to Houston in the Spring of 2014. Hennessey Performance is the Title Sponsor.  The folks of The Texas Mile will be conducting The Houston Mile events through its sister company, The U.S. Mile. It will be run with the same heart and soul and participant and fan focused values that this team has established over the past 10-years in Texas.  The Fastest Modern Day Cars and Motorcycles will converge on Ellington Field in Houston.  We are grateful for the opportunity that the Houston Airport System (HAS) and the staff of Ellington Airport has extended to the motor sports community.  "Ellington Field is already home to jet fighter pilots, NASA astronauts, and heroes from the US Military and Coast Guard.  Now it will be home to the fastest modern day 1-Mile top speed vehicles on earth," said Shannon Matus, CEO of The U.S. Mile.
     Dave Golder of Hennessey Performance commented, "I am very impressed with the U.S. Mile's team, their dedication to the sport and how thorough they are.  I know this is going to be huge.  I can't wait and I know we have chosen the right people for launching Top Speed 1-Mile Competitions in Houston."  The planning is underway for the inaugural Houston Mile presented by Hennessy Performance.  The inaugural event will include a tribute to the late Bill Warner aka "Mr. 300" as he had begun plans for the initial Houston Mile events.  The U.S. Mile will also host The Houston Half-Mile during the annual Houston Aeros and Autos festivities at Ellington Field. Details on contact information, participant registration and opportunities for being a spectator, vendor, and sponsor will be released on the web site; www.houstonmile.com.
FIVE TOP SPEED EVENTS IN TEXAS IN 2014
     In 2014, Texas race fans will enjoy having five (5) Top Speed events: The Texas Mile will continue hosting two (2) events at Chase Field in Beeville, Texas and The U.S. Mile will host two (2) Houston Mile races and one (1) Half-Mile competition at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas.  To keep updated on Texas Top Speed Events, visit web sites www.houstonmile.com, www.texasmile.com and search on Facebook under The Houston Mile and The Texas Mile.
ABOUT THE EVENT ORGANIZER
     The U.S. Mile is a DBA for the woman owned business, North America Project Integrators, Inc.  The company is a project and event logistics coordinator and integrator.  It is the sister company to J&S Matus Motorsports, Inc which created the world renowned event, The Texas Mile.  J&S also operates a Porsche Race Team, TxSpeed.  The principals of the companies, Jay and Shannon Matus, were born and raised in the Houston area and are thrilled to be conducting events in their home city.
ABOUT THE TITLE SPONSOR
     Hennessey Performance (HPE) has been making fast cars go faster since 1991.  It operates a 30,000 square foot workshop and showroom facility situated on 143 acres near Sealy, Texas (about 45 minutes west of Houston).  The company also operates a showroom and installation facility located in Lake Forest, California.  HPE offers a wide variety of dyno proven, track tested parts and upgrades for a variety of modern performance vehicles.  Hennessey Performance is also the only tuner in North America that operates its own test track - Lonestar Motorsports Park.  Contact Information: Jessica Reyna, Media Relations, Jessica@jsmatus.com, 281-303-1844.
     Sent in by Burly Burlile, VW 36hp & BB CHALLENGE, Volkswagen Land Speed Racing Historian, Society of Land Speed Racing Historians, www.burlyb.com.

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BURLY BURLILE, WALTER DEVETTE, EUROPEAN MILE LSR, NIGEL WOODS, MARNIX KRAAIJ, HANS MUELLER-DAUM, DICK BEITH, ABE AND DEWEY POTTER, MIKE MANGHELLI, KEITH PEDERSEN, ZACH BURNS, MIKE FREDMAN, JAKE RABY, BILL CODDING, DAVE BEST, GREG LENO, MARK OLSON, BOB STAHL, DICK AND AARON BREWER.
     It has finally happened and the Challenge is now even more International in scope and participation. Through the undying efforts of Walter DeVette from the Netherlands, the first European Mile land speed event for VW Challengers has taken place. Thank you too all the European followers of the Challenge for their growing interest in this special high speed sport and hopefully more racers will be able to join in at the next meet at Elvington this coming March 18 & 19, 2014.  Both Nigel Woods Superbeetle and Marnix Kraaij's Lowlight Ghia listed below ran with wipers, (both) side mirrors extended, pump fuel and Marnix drove on his own power to and from the track with "passenger and camping gear in the car". The 2.0 type 4 engine in the lowlight had been in his Marnix's GSR (German Look) Super Beetle for 13 years before he switched the engine over to this just acquired 58 Ghia.
     Walter's experimental compound turbo 1192cc Type 40hp engine experienced a seizure on the last test session "on the road" the day before the trip over to England preventing him from making a pass down the Elvington tarmac.  Spectators included Han's Mueller-Daum and his DSS36 powered VW Beetle who like Nigel, drove over from Germany to participate in the inaugural race. From here, he and his bride continued their camping tour through the UK before heading home. I must say, you folks on the continent truly do drive and enjoy your VW's. More VW's are being prepared across Europe and in the U.K. for top speed racing including one of the first "belly tankers" to compete since Dick Beith's record holding lakester in 1963.
     We wish them all well and welcome them to "the Challenge."
2013 Elvington Mile Results - United Kingdom (England/Europe)
2013 Marnix Kraaij    125.2     58 Ghia     B    2     2666cc T2/4    Elvington UK    Nederland    5 Speed
2013 Nigel Wood       131.0    73 Super   B    1     1971cc T2/4    Elvington UK    Nederland
2013 Walter DeVette  no time 74 Super  n/a  n/a  1208cc 40hp   Elvington UK Nederland  Compound Turbo
     Top motorcycle speed for the weekend was 243 (390 km/h) mph and a girl did 238 iirc.  There also was a jet powered shopping trolly, a mono wheel and a "blind guy" doing 170+ mph.  The fastest wheelie was 180+ mph over 1000 meters (km).  Imagine you see a guy wheeling at 180.  And this is all racing with mufflers.  In the UK, all the racers must be under specified maximum decibel reading at the exhaust tip from 0.5 meters  away.  Try that in the U.S. and see how your VW runs.  I would like to take a moment and personally thank Walter for his interest, effort and devotion in making the first ever VW Challenge European land speed event happen.  And likewise, none of this could have taken place without the enthusiasm and support of the Straightliners (http://www.straightliners-events.co.uk) for making the LSR venue available to the Volkswagen racers during their normally motorcycle oriented time trials.  It could not have happened without them. Thank you.  Burly
     With the World of Speed just around the corner (September 7-10, 2013), the annual SCTA/BNI Speedweek took place with 10 VW racers in 7 VW's competing.  Conditions were beautiful over the whole event and VW's established three new SCTA/BNI official two way records, two in the new Classic categories. Dewey Potter was the fastest VW at 202 miles per hour in Abe Potter 2000 Passat while Keith Pedersen in the Mike Manghelli prepared VW Caddy (pick-up) set a two way average land speed record at 189.646 miles per hour.
     After experiencing problems getting his Raby built 1.5 Porsche 912 engine up to a suitable speed, Mike Fredman switch to bigger Weber's and set a new SCTA/BNI two way record of 127.109 miles per hour in his pretty red Ghia coupe. The Burns clan from Tennessee had better luck this year with their 2 liter Ghia and Zach hit a top speed of 146.909 mph and a two way average record of 138.606 miles per hour. Sadly, they will retire the Ghia after Wilmington in September for a rebuild and general freshening up. All the VW's on hand enjoyed their best performances and this bodes well for a successful World of Speed. We look forward to seeing all the racers in just a couple of weeks.  As of today, if all goes well, over 37 VW's are planning on racing at WOS.  Even with unforeseen problems, I expect at least thirty will make the journey and provide the biggest VW land speed race ever. We sure hope you can schedule a day or more and come out and join us.
     2013 Bonneville Speedweek Results – USA
2013 Mike Fredman           127.793   69 Ghia               480 H/CGC    1497cc Porsche  Bonneville UT  127.109 Two way average SCTA/BNI record   Jake Raby 912
2013 Bill Codding/Silacci  106.633    75 Porsche 914   984 G/BFMS  1996cc       Bonneville UT   4 Audi Turbo Dual Weber  T2/4/914
2013 Dave Best/Silacci        95.020    75 Porsche 914  984 G/BFMS  1996cc       Bonneville UT   4 Audi Turbo Dual Weber  T2//914
2013 Greg Leno/Silacci      108.503    75 Porche 914    984 G/BFMS  1996cc      Bonneville UT  4 Audi Turbo Dual Weber  T2/4/914
2013 Mark Olson/Stahl        126.455    65 Bug               380 F/CAlt      2925cc      Bonneville, UT  Fuel Injected T2/4/914
2013 Bob Stahl                    153.612     65 Bug              380 F/CAlt      2925cc      Bonneville, UT   Fuel Injected T2/4/914
2013 Keith Pedersen/Manghelli189.789   80 Rabbit Pick Up  111F/MMP  3000cc WC   Bonneville, UT  189.646 2 way avg SCTA/BNI record     VR6 Turbo
2013 Dewey/Abe Potter      202.458     00 Passat           2571G/PS      122" WC    Bonneville, UT   Turbo 4 Cyl
2013 Aaron/Dick Brewer     106.238     81 Rabbit Pick Up  8217H/DT   1500cc WC  Bonneville, UT  Diesel Turbo w/intercooler
2013 Zach Burns                   146.909     74 Ghia            2903G/CPro    2012cc       Bonneville UT  138.606 2 way average SCTA/BNI record    Dual Weber
     Burly Burlile, VW 36hp & BB CHALLENGE, Volkswagen Land Speed Racing Historian, Society of Land Speed Racing Historians, www.burlyb.com.

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MONSTER OF THE SALT, MARK GARDINER, NIRA JOHNSON, BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS, INDIAN MOTORCYCLE, SPIRIT OF MUNRO, BURT MUNRO.
STAFF NOTES:
The following notices are courtesy of www.Bikerhotline.com
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THE MONSTER OF THE SALT.  In celebration of Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats, we’d like to share with you a unique project from Mark Gardiner, author of RIDING MAN, called MONSTRE DU LAC SALE (THE MONSTER OF THE SALT).  THE MONSTER OF THE SALT is a work-in-progress documentary film about Gardiner’s adventure in seeking out Nira Johnson, a pioneering American drag racer, who inspired a love of American hot rod culture in France after simply having his photo taken with his drag bike while at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.  This single photograph inspired a comic book character, which in turn inspired a fan to build a replica of the drag bike based only on an illustration of the bike and his imagination.  Gardiner has successfully tracked down Nira Johnson and wishes to share his story as well as capture on film the restoration of the original Salt Flats racer bike.  Mark also plans to have Nira meet his two biggest fans as they run their replica bike alongside Nira’s original race bike at the Bonneville Salt Flats.  It’s an incredible story of treasures lost and then found, and a real testament that the love of motorcycles is a universal language.  See www.BikerHotLine.com to read the full story of how Mark Gardiner came upon the THE MONSTER OF THE SALT.   (Courtesy of www.bikerhotline.com)
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     Indian Motorcycle: the SPIRIT OF MUNRO Custom Streamliner Indian-SPIRIT OF MUNRO.  Earlier this year, Indian Motorcycle revealed a custom-built streamliner named the SPIRIT OF MUNRO, an all-metal tribute to the racers and mechanics throughout history who have collectively built the legacy of record-breaking racing performance and strength that is Indian Motorcycle.  The streamliner was named in honor of Burt Munro’s MUNRO SPECIAL, a 1920 Indian Scout that broke the under-1000cc land-speed record in 1967 at the Bonneville Salt Flats.  The SPIRIT OF MUNRO which is powered by the new Thunder Stroke 111 engine, ran on a dry lake bed in California as a tribute and a celebration of the Indian Motorcycle that is yet to come.  See the video of the SPIRIT OF MUNRO in action at www.BikerHotline.com.

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GALE BANKS NEWSLETTER, BANKS POWER, LEO GOOSEN, C.P. AUTO & MARINE RACING ENGINES, DAREDEVILS, TRAVEL CHANNEL, DAN NEIL, JAY LENO, KEVIN CULLEN, MIKE RYAN, MOTORHEAD TRAVELER, ALLEN BERG.
   Here at Banks Power we are celebrating our 55th year in business. It all started in 1958 when Gale sold his first engine (a Studebaker V-8 with Leo-Goosen-designed DOHC heads). And with his first paying contract to supply racing engines, Banks opened shop and never looked back. He founded C.P’s Auto & Marine Racing Engines as a way to fund his college expenses at Cal Poly, Pomona and the rest is history. The Banks history is studded with technological achievements, including Gale's pioneering work in turbocharging marine engines in 1969, the premiere of twin-turbo small-block Chevy engines in 1978, and the invention (and patent) of the Banks OttoMind electronic fuel-management module in 1997. 
   “I'm a futurist. My entire career has been about what's next. Through the decades, we at Banks have opened new markets in marine engines, turbocharging, truck and motorhome power systems, turbocharged tuner cars, diesel power systems, electronic tuners, and exhaust brakes. Plus, I'm proud to have worked for many major car and engine manufacturers in defining their future products,” said Gale Banks. And 55 years later, he is still taking engines apart, pushing them to the extremes, and then using that knowledge to make our engines more powerful and durable. 
   August 20, 2013 at 10pm EST Daredevils chase their insatiable need for speed on land, water and in the air. A human skateboard screams down the French Alps at insane speeds. A former fighter jet turns into a record-chasing car in the Nevada desert, a wing-suited man tries to fly through a man-sized hole in a mountain in Montserrat, Spain, and we experience the fastest roller coaster in the world in Dubai. Snowboards speed across salt flats, planes race sports cars, and a mountain bike takes on a volcano. You’ll see all this and more, as we celebrate the joy of pushing the limits of how fast humans can go on F’ING FAST. 
   Smoking Tire - August 21, 2013 Gale is a featured guest on the widely popular and often times, irreverent, Smoking Tire Podcast. And, this week joining Gale at the round table is Dan Neil of the Wall Street Journal. Many across the country enjoy Neil’s Rumble Seat column in the Journal. The conversation between the two of them lasted nearly two hours and included such topics as Mike Ryan’s Banks Super-Turbo Pikes Peak Freightliner, Class-8 semi truck fuel economy and emissions, Banks StraightShot Methanol Water injection, design and its many applications, Jay Leno’s Tank car, diesel history, and Dan’s continued quest to drive a Banks powered vehicle at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Gale and Dan motor for two hours straight. The Podcast can be heard at The Smoking Tire.com and ShoutEngine.com, it goes up at about 2:00 am Wednesday, 8/21. 
   Join host Kevin Cullen as the Motorhead Traveler meets with Gale Banks during his tour of Southern California. The show is in its fifth season on MAVTV. Kevin catches up with Gale at Banks Technology Exhibit inside the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and at his headquarters in Azusa California. Gale reviews the highlights of his 55 year career, the cars that set records on the dragstrip and on the Bonneville Salt Flats, this year’s Pikes Peak Hill Climb and the Mike Ryan Banks Super-Turbo Freightliner. Kevin also takes a ride in a P-51 Mustang and attends the Allen Berg Racing School at the Auto Club Speedway. The Motorhead Traveller will air: August 21 at 5:30 pm EST August 26 at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm EST Check your local listing. For more information, visit MAVTV.com.  
   See Mike Ryan's Banks Super-Turbo Freightliner at The Great American Trucking Show, which is the nation’s second-largest trucking trade show and offers attendees a wide variety of industry exhibitors and informational sessions. If you happen to be in the Dallas area between August 22-24, 2013 stop by the show and see Mike Ryan's Banks Super-Turbo Freightliner in person.

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JOHN HUTCHINSON, KUSTOMRAMA
STAFF NOTES;
John Hutchinson sent in a very interesting kustom car and dry lakes newsletter called Kustomrama.  For Newsletter No. 91 contact newsletter@kustomrama.com.

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