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XJ Jag with a turbocharged '48 straight 8 Buick car ran 199.8 mph before they hole'd a piston



Half a 351 Windsor in a 240 Nissan:



Spirit of Rett streamliner....I want to say 581" but I might be wrong. In the class it runs the Nos they are on the bottle for 50 seconds: Mega nos systems. dual fogger systems


The once totaled and rebuit $500k Enzo Ferrari: car was supposed to run 260+ 850+ hp TTurbo



Vesco's streamliner





All you gear heads need to make the trip some year........hotrodders heaven.

on my qualifing run of 135 ( 141 top speed) we lost the water pump, didn't get if fixed before the Salt was closed for the day, so I didn't get to make my speed runs. It was fixed yesterday morn as I was flying home and brother James drove it 179.89 mph on the 5 mile course.... flat footed it at 6,300 from mile 3 to 5 engine ( 342" Ford) held 55 psi oil pressure . Dad ( 74 yrs old) ended up driving 164 mph on the 3 mile course. We have a few things planned to run 200+ next year.




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I spent some time in their pits talking to the crew...... they had just changed the rear-end to make the Nos passes for the next day. It holds two 20 lbs bottles that it empties on the run. Last time out they were on the bottle for 51 seconds.


Best of show at the track was the car named Blowfish '69 Cuda. I didn't get any pics of it for some reason, but here are a few I downloaded from the web:







it runs a 1,400 hp 394" Mopar single 104mm turbo. The crew and the owner just like everyother pit there were just great. The car had just run 299.98 mph and was headed for tech...we walked by the car and started talking about it. The guy working on the engine stopped what he was doing and spent 10 minutes talking to us about the car and engine. As we were leaving, another guy opened the door so we could better see inside, started talking to him and he was the owner, spent the next 10 minutes talking to him about the car. Great crew/Team.


And there is nothing quite like standing at the 4 mile marker and listening to a "fuel" car making a WOT pass........the "bark" is increadable ..........someday I need to run something on 50% Nitro.

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170 mph spin

Brother James' 170 mph spin: The chute was to short ...when it was deployed it lifted the rear wheel and lost traction. 2 hrs and $360 later we had a new chute installed:

the saftey crew guy said:...how many passes do you have? James " This was my third run ever". Saftey guy " Wow, great save" James " Yeah, I've done some stupid things over the the years, no biggie" the car didn't loop

The black markers are every 1/4 mile the orange markers are mile markers: top speed was 181 on the GPS

My dad spinning out at 170 mph - YouTube


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I was there almost all weeek with a group from the Sonoma/Petaluma area. We ran a D/FL and an assortment of other cars. The fellas that ran that Nissan with the 180" Ford [half of a 351W] were pitted just across from us. Nice guys BTW.
 

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That is bad ass. I have always wanted to go. Any suggestions on what to expect for weather and where to stay?
Be prepared for anything. Must haves: large brimmed hat, very dark sunglasses, sunscreen, loose fitting shirt and shorts. Temps are usually in the mid to high 90s and can get hotter. Sunday nite a lighting and rainstorm came in and dumped a lot of water and lighting strikes everywhere....some too close for comfort. You not only have to protect yourself from the sun overhead but from the reflection off the salt. You can sunburn parts of your body you didn't think could sunburn. Saw lots of people with the underside of their noses burnt bad. I'm still nursing a bad burn on my legs from forgetting to use sunblock the 1st day I was there. [I didn't forget the 2nd day] Lodging: We stayed at Montego Bay. Rooms are nonexistent if you don't book in January the day they open reservations, sometime mid Jan. Date to be announced. Some people stay in Wells or even Salt Lake City. Or if you have a motorhome, camper or even a tent those people stay at "The bend" [paved access road to the flats] north of I-80. There is very little available at the pits and starting line area. Bring everything you think you will need. Bring lots of cold drinking water.
 

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Problem is that he chopped the throttle too hard. A jet boat guys should know better than that. Cool Video.
Well part of the problem anyway. The chute was 12ft to short so it went up to find clean air. James lifted to slow the car and when he released the chute he was getting back in the throttle to drive through it the chute was quicker than he thought.

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Thanks

I missed this year. Seems 058, whom I've been inviting for years, went without me. Always great group of people. And some very interesting mechanical genius's as well.

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Be prepared for anything. Must haves: large brimmed hat, very dark sunglasses, sunscreen, loose fitting shirt and shorts. Temps are usually in the mid to high 90s and can get hotter. Sunday nite a lighting and rainstorm came in and dumped a lot of water and lighting strikes everywhere....some too close for comfort. You not only have to protect yourself from the sun overhead but from the reflection off the salt. You can sunburn parts of your body you didn't think could sunburn. Saw lots of people with the underside of their noses burnt bad. I'm still nursing a bad burn on my legs from forgetting to use sunblock the 1st day I was there. [I didn't forget the 2nd day] Lodging: We stayed at Montego Bay. Rooms are nonexistent if you don't book in January the day they open reservations, sometime mid Jan. Date to be announced. Some people stay in Wells or even Salt Lake City. Or if you have a motorhome, camper or even a tent those people stay at "The bend" [paved access road to the flats] north of I-80. There is very little available at the pits and starting line area. Bring everything you think you will need. Bring lots of cold drinking water.
Great info. Thanks for all the suggestions. A trip to Bonneville is definitely on my bucket list. Guess I would add some tighty whities to the wardrobe before hand. It would suck to burn the bottom of the sac with loose fitting shorts.
 

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next year we need to do a who's going thread. I went the last 3 years and was very bumbed i couldnt make it this year. the place is heaven on earth. Finnegan said it best last year when he said " Im not coming back hear a spectator " lol the place is magical.
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I always tell people that pulling the chute on a drag car is just as much of a rush as the launch, but you guys seem to take it to the next level!!!
Nice pics and video.
 

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Nice Mustang Sleeper. I was actually a ford guy when I was younger. I bought this one off Earl Davis, the old editor of Super Ford. I guess it was a project car for the magazine. This was and engine that I had Pete Thompson build for me way back when.
 

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