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  • Many many thanks to John Szalay for this great collection of old scanned articles.  There are over 160 pages in all, ranging from 1905 to 1975.  John's put a lot of time into it, and we appreciate being able to make these available to the public.  There are some really interesting things, check 'em out!


    Pop Sci Aug 1948


    Follow the "History" menu item above, then the "A New Collection of Scans" link to see them all.

  • The first meet of the year was greeted with high winds and cold temps during Friday inspection, typical of the high desert this time of the year.


    Racing began Saturday morning and a large first meet turnout of racers was greeted to more winds and brisk morning temps. This didn’t deter our boys and girls though – I think there were 7 records laid down by the first ten down the course.

  • Witness Andy Green, "the fastest man in the world," as he tries to break the record for fastest diesel car ever made during Bonneville's Speed Week on Utah's famous Salt Flats. And experience the excitement of 17-year-old Nadine Endacott as she attempts to be the youngest women in Bonneville's 200 mph club. Ride along with some of the fastest racers in the world compete in a place where speed and danger go hand-in-hand. Read on for air times in your area.

  • May 5-6, 2007 was the first El Mirage meet of the year. There were 138 entries, that resulted in 21 records, 292 vehicle starts. It was reported that it was one of the best courses on the dirt in a very long period of time. There was one new entry into the El Mirage 200 Club, Paul Kelly in E/GS running 208.331 mph. Fastest car was Fred Dannenfelzer, DMR Racing, running 290.141 mph in the B/BFL class. Mark Richmond was fast bike of the meet on a turbo Hayabusa running 229.822 mph on a 217 mph record in the 1350cc APS-BF class. Read on for the results of meet.

  • Richard Parks, editor of The Society of Land Speed Racing Historians Newsletter, received an email from Tony Thacker, Executive Director of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum about a very special event hosted by Banks Power, concerning Mickey Thompson.  The event is a panel discussion about Mickey Thompson and his impact on American auto racing.  Our family has known Mickey and his family since the mid-1940's and the speakers have a great deal of knowledge about Mickey and the times that he was influencing American racing.  Judy is Mickey's first wife and Danny is Judy and Mickey's son.  Alex Xydias and his So-Cal Speed Shop was at the center of dry lakes, Bonneville and land speed racing in the late 1940's and '50's.  Tom Jobe knows drag racing's ins and outs.  Gale Banks at Banks Power knows land speed racing and how to build powerful engines.  Dave McClelland is one of the best at announcing all types of auto racing events.  Every panel discussion that I have attended at the Museum has been a great experience and I hope that you will be able to attend.  Sincerely, Richard Parks (www.landspeedracing.com)
    Dear friend of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum:
         I would like to invite you to join us for a panel discussion celebrating the life and achievements of Mickey Thompson: First American to 400 presented by Banks Power.
    WHEN:   Saturday, May 15, 2010 from 2 - 4 p.m.
    WHERE: Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Bldg 3A, Pomona, CA 91768.  For more information on this
         event call 909-622-2133, or Google http://museum.nhra.com.
    PANELISTS: Judy Thompson Creach, Danny Thompson, Alex Xydias, Tom Jobe, and Gale Banks.
    MODERATOR: Dave McClelland
    COST: $20 includes museum admission and light refreshments.  Tickets can be purchased at the door and all proceeds benefit the museum.
    FREE PARKING: Enter the Fairplex at Gate 1 on McKinley and turn right into the museum parking lot.
         We sincerely hope you can make it and feel free to bring a guest.  Sincerely,
    Tony Thacker, Executive Director, Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum
  • Dan Warner sent this to me for publication.  Read and enjoy it, please.


     Impound Insights
    May 2009
    By Dan Warner

    Everyone was looking forward to an exciting two day meet to start the 2009 season. High winds and temps in the low 100s greeted us upon arrival on the lakebed for Friday’s inspection day. Total entries were 150, 95 cars and 45 bikes. The race course went away rapidly holding speeds down over the weekend. Saturday had only 116 runs before the wind shut us down around 11.Sunday had 178 runs in between wind gusts, everyone who wanted got in at least three runs on Sunday. Some say it is due a low rain fall during the past winter months. The bad track didn’t hold back some guys though; Fast Freddie Dannefelzer ran a 252 for top time cars and Nick Nicolaides scooted to a top bike time of 217.

    There were no new 200 MPH Club members this meet; hopefully we will see additions to the roster later this year.

    There were eight new records set, low for a first meet. Erik Hansson drove his vintage style belly tank to a 194 record in XF/BGL class. Paula Burns brought George Callaway’s roadster back to impound with a 143 record in G/GMR. Doug Macmillan
    ran a 178.8, just a tenth over his 178.7 class record in G/BGCC. Jim Kitchen brought out the San Berdoo Roadster’s C/StR for a new record of 193. This beats his original goal of 190. Jim has owned this car for over 45 years racing it in several different configurations at the drags, El Mirage and Bonneville plus using it on the street.

    Tom Evans brought me the bike cert cards and I was surprised that he only had four records. Dale Martin ran 78 MPH, one over the class minimum of 77.000 in the 175-APS-VG class. Cathy Butler rode her 125-APS-G class bike to a 132 record. .7 over the old mark. Kent Riches brought out his 9 day wonder from last year, the electric bike built between meets in ’08. He upped the Omega-APS record to 126.0 from a 125.7. John Buddenbaum rode the Buddfab 100-SCS-G streamliner to a 110 record; his was the biggest spread in the bike records 24 MPH over the minimum. This pass puts him in the number one starting position for the June meet.

    One record was lost due to a clerical error in filling out the entry form. The computer class code was incorrect for the engine used in the car. This was compounded by the fact that the alpha designation was also wrong. This same error had been done in Nov. 2008 but since the car did not appear at impound the mistake was carried over to this meet.
    The El Mirage Procedures, available at the reg trailer or thru your club, clearly states that there is no changing the paperwork once a car has run. The same applies at Bonneville and is outlined in section 1.B, page 7 of the 2009 rulebook. Please verify that the coding is correct when filling out your entry.

    I hope see you in impound at the June meet. With a better race track I am sure we can double the record count.

  • Pat Kinne, of the Club Board of Directors, asked me to post this notice for everyone:


       The Bonneville 200 MPH Club Summer Party will be held at the NHRA Museum at the Pomona Fairgrounds on Saturday June 6th. The start time is 12 noon and EVERYONE is invited. Come on out and get the latest info on who is running what this year at the Salt. Good food from Rancho Rocks BBQ, Beverages, Music by the Flat Top Show, and good people. The NHRA Museum and Tony Thacker's gang have a great display of our racing heritage on hand along with drag racing golden era history.
        It's a $25 donation to the cause and a great time too!

  • The month of May was very good for participants in the International 36hp Land Speed Racing Challenge. Bruce Cook brought his beautiful tan 1951 Volkswagen Beetle, a standard Canadian split, to Maxton with a new big bore and stroked 1493cc 36hp engine featuring Whitey Worsham ported and polished single port heads, dual Porsche 32 carbs prepared by Mr.Okrasa, Dave Ruiz, and tuned by Bruce's son Cody Cook. Their first pass down the Maxton Mile resulted in the fastest speed ever attained by a naturally aspirated 36hp Beetle, 99.815 miles per hour which finally broke the speed record set by Mel Ellis and John Gosvig clear back in 1962 at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Bruce now holds two 36hp Challenge speed records, his first being the Stone Stock record of 73.006 miles per hour set in 2008.
    Tom Bruch pulled his 103 mile per hour record holding New Age turbo 36hp motor and replaced it with a 1415cc Super Stock Single motor. SSS is sort of like restrictor plate racing because you can only use a single 28 PIC carburetor and single port heads, regardless of the other modifications you apply underneath. SSS is really a mechanics category because having unobtanium parts is not a factor. Toms first pass down the Maxton Mile also resulted in a new SSS record of 90.203 miles per hour. This exceeds Toms Bonneville speed of 89.92 MPH he set in 1965 with an Okrasa dual carb equipped motor. Like Bruce, Tom now holds two 36hp Challenge records.
    Last month a non-36hp VW also set a record on the Maxton Mile. A sixteen year old young lady named Talor Burns from Caryville, Tennessee, drove her 1974 Karmann Ghia fitted with the street motor from her brothers bug to a class record of 114.09 miles per hour. The two year old street motor is a mild compression 1914cc dual port fitted with dual 40mm carbs. Talor is a Junior who plays tennis at Clinton High School and is also on the drill team. And I know she is the only girl in the class with a world land speed record.
    Coming soon will be new news about the International 36hp Challenge "1" Club for 36hp drag and land speed racers who have exceeded 100 miles per hour in competition and the addition of a new land speed race track due to open in August in the northeast.
    May the Speed be with you.............................
  • Dan Warner asked me to post this:


    As part of our 2009 head and neck restraint system familiarization program, Stand 21 and DJ Safety will be in the inspection area at our El Mirage meet on May 15, 16 and 17. The link below provides interesting information.

  • The project to secure the world steam car speed record is on track, with everything focused on the record attempt at Bonneville Salt Flats, USA in August 2008. This will follow the unveiling of the British Steam Car at the 60th Bonneville Speed Week from 18 to 24 August.

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