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Going to Bonneville - Speed Week August 10-16, 2019

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  • Gerrit
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    I will be there for the 1st time. Still working on that Bucket List thing.
    Any suggestions for a first timer, aside from sun screen and shades?

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  • DanStokes
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    Look me up in Impound. I'll be the short, incredibly handsome old guy (J/K, of course, except about the short part). When I'm working it sometimes gets pretty busy so I may not have much time but we can work out getting together in the evening to actually talk to each other.

    Dan

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  • Tim956
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    Very Excellent to watch.

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  • Tim956
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    We intend to be there and in Impound. I've been dashing at B'ville since 2001. I sure expectation the salt is as great this year as it was a year ago.

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  • DanStokes
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    Although he was a good businessman, as a person, Henry Ford was a dickhead.
    Oh I agree - Hank #1 was a first class jerk. My point was the top speed was used as a selling point for years. Look at Ab Jenkins and Auburn as another example.

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  • Monster
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    Early auto makers used their top speed numbers as a selling tool - witness Ford's 999 with Barney Oldfield or Henry himself at the wheel.
    Although he was a good businessman, as a person, Henry Ford was a dickhead.

    Henry Ford collaborated with bicycle racer Tom Cooper and a team of several assistants to create two similar racing cars. They had a huge 1,156 cu.in. inline-4 engine (7.25 inch bore and 7.0 inch stroke, producing from 70 to 100 horsepower), with a bare chassis, no bodywork, no rear suspension, no differential and steering was controlled by a crude pivoting metal bar, similar to a straight handlebar on a bicycle.

    When the cars had refused to start during a test drive two weeks before the first race, Ford sold his stake in them to Barney Oldfield and Cooper. Therefore, Ford abandoned his share of the racing money. But he still promoted the cars and enjoyed the publicity, which secured his image behind their eventual successes and the ensuing legend.

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  • DanStokes
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    Early auto makers used their top speed numbers as a selling tool - witness Ford's 999 with Barney Oldfield or Henry himself at the wheel. The raced on beaches, dry lakes, or anywhere else they could go flat out. While many of these early racers had nothing to do with their production cars but I guess the idea was that they were showing off their engineering skills.

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  • Monster
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    From what I've read, the salt was first used for speed races in 1912 and the first record in land speed was set in 1914.
    I wonder how that worked ?
    LSR didn't gain any real popularity until in the 1930s.

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  • DanStokes
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    Excellent! See you there - let's do dinner one night.

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  • bukshysteve
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    Another crazy Canuk will be at the Salt again as the Zephyr is ready to go!!

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  • studemax
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    Bonneville is still a lake right now....
    http://meso1.chpc.utah.edu/station_c...am_current.jpg

    This camera takes a photo every now and then, and you can check it out whenever you want.

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  • ratpatrol66
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    I plan on being there again. The Canadian team I wrench with has a slightly revamped car and is still running tome only. Ultimate goal is running 200mph with a Blown 4cyl Pontiac.

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  • DanStokes
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    Hi Dan - Sorry I missed you last year @ SpeedWeek with the 1429 in impound twice. I wasn't there! The car owner and I have parted ways over the direction of the car's progress and I wasn't too interested in working with one of his drivers (Not Ro Yale or Corey). I won't be there this year, either, and don't have plans to be there again, unless I get offered an expenses-paid opportunity. It was great working with you in impound these past years. Last time I saw you was at Ohio a few years ago when we brought the #534 roadster up to shake down a new engine combination. Continued success with Mutt and have fun!

    vic
    Good to hear from you, Vic! Hope to see you soon.

    Mutt's getting a new rear gear as I was out of RPM at the top of the track - a good problem to solve. Going from a 3:08 to 2.73 which yields a theoretical 153 MPH so we'll see what happens. Hoping it works!

    Dan

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  • krusty
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    Hi Dan - Sorry I missed you last year @ SpeedWeek with the 1429 in impound twice. I wasn't there! The car owner and I have parted ways over the direction of the car's progress and I wasn't too interested in working with one of his drivers (Not Ro Yale or Corey). I won't be there this year, either, and don't have plans to be there again, unless I get offered an expenses-paid opportunity. It was great working with you in impound these past years. Last time I saw you was at Ohio a few years ago when we brought the #534 roadster up to shake down a new engine combination. Continued success with Mutt and have fun!

    vic

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  • DanStokes
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    I'll be the short guy working in Impound. Let's catch dinner!

    Dan

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