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Speedweek, Bonneville, Utah, USA, August 2013.

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Speedweek, Bonneville, Utah, USA, August 2013.

Post  Carps on Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:05 pm

For many a hard core hot rodder, every August there's a need to head to Utah, USA, for a week of speed, spins and broken parts at the Bonneville Salt Flats..



Every night after a hard days racing, there's an impromptu car show in the parking lot of the Peppermill Casino in the town of Wendover.









This one looked somehow familiar, but not quite, if you catch my drift.



I'd love to get more familliar with this old thing.



Absolutely no question that this is not one of them fibreglass replicas.



I reckon this one might be a bit of a handful on a wet road.



Folks cruise in from all over town, which is no big deal coz town consists of a single road about a mile long with four Casinos, half a dozen motels, a post office, general store, gas station and bugger all else.



Of course there's all the stuff you'll find at any rod run, including pinstripers, but the custom Volvo is a bit of a rarity.




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Re: Speedweek, Bonneville, Utah, USA, August 2013.

Post  Carps on Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:06 pm

The cars of speedweek come in all shapes and sizes, like this sliced and diced Edsel.





Packard straight eight powered model A bucket.



Or maybe you prefer something more conventional.



I'm told that Boatail Speedsters are booth rare and valuable, not so sure about this one as I don't recall even among the vast range of model T body options, there being such a speedster body.  The steering wheel is definitely an aftermarket item.



This one looks like fun.



This one too.



This one appears to be an sold barn find, you can't fake this kind of patina.



This one had much less patina, can you say 'Uncle Daniel'?



For only a few thousand box you could be driving it home.



Aside from a partial repaint some time back it appeared to be as it left the factory in 1932.



This group are not as they left the factory.





I hope the owner of this one knows it's gonna go brown after a day on the salt.



The bench racing and show usually continues long after dark.




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Re: Speedweek, Bonneville, Utah, USA, August 2013.

Post  Carps on Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:07 pm

When morning comes, it's time to race.



Tim McMaster's 301 c.i. Y block was the best sounding engine on the salt this year, he had a few issues early, but by Tuesday was doing laps, like he'd no sooner blasted off for another 140+ mph run and he was back at the start line ready for another.



Da man hisself.



Ready to go again, but where's the crew?















150mph may seem not so fast but remember this is a pick up truck, so it doesn't quite slice through the air like a streamliner and the engine is a 60 year old, normally aspirated old lump with but a single 4bbl carb. 



Each year there's at least one standout car in the Modified Sports Bracket and this was it for 2013.



How'd ya like to go over 300 mph in this baby?



Some of the many broken parts sitting on benches by Tuesday arvo, Yes, the hole goes clean through to the outside world, check out the crack around the circumference of the combustion chamber on the other head in this shot.  Some serious detonation methinks.


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Re: Speedweek, Bonneville, Utah, USA, August 2013.

Post  Carps on Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:08 pm

Here's what Tim's rocker covers looked like after the roller rockers tried to escape.  I guess that's what happens when you use Chevy parts in a Ford engine.



Here's the speed demon team cleaning up the mess after the car caught fires at over 300mph.



Bonneville is the birthplace of hot rodding and the best thing is that nobody here cares what you brung, the whole point of the place is why you are here, there are no cut off dates and no chassis rules other than what's required to keep you safe.



You're even welcome if you drive a Volvo!



These guys are going for the record set by my pal Jack back in 2001.  D = Engine of 250 to 300 cubic inch capacity, B = Blown (supercharged or turbocharged), ST = street legal, R = Roadster.

Jacks car was a bonafide street rod right down to the stock '32 Ford fuel tank that caused the tech guys so much head scratching', somehow I don't think this one is up for the long drive from Bonneville to St Louis.



Homebuilt Streamliner is a slick beast.



Modified roadster runs in almost the same speed zone.
'Modified' meaning it has had the wheelbase extended to aid high speed stability.



Another good thing about this place is everybody is equal, regardlessss if you have a mega bucks outfit…….



…or if you are a low budget team.



Sixty years of changes…..


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Re: Speedweek, Bonneville, Utah, USA, August 2013.

Post  Carps on Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:09 pm

This one was a contender for the big AMBR trophy back in January, today pretty doesn't count for much as it's all about the speed.



No matter which way you look at it, going fast is gunna cost you some big bux.



However, most folks here are in it as much for the fun as the glory.
There's no prize money on offer, just a trophy and a coloured cap, red for records above 200mph, blue for records above 300mph and black for records above 400mph.
You don't see too many blue or black caps around the pit area, but there's quite a few red ones.



Sometimes all is not what it appears to be like this old Indy racer, which has probably never seen a road race course or oval track, look closely.



One of Seth Hammond's crew makes a last minute check of the chute pack, before the 300+mph lakester is pushed off the line.  
How would you like to spin this 30' long monster at that speed?  That's precisely what happen to driver Tegan Hammond around the middle of mile 3.



Once he's satisfied the driver is safely and tightly strappen into the car, knows where he is going and is set to go, the starter holds the car on the line until he gets the all clear call from the far end of the track.



Hunting for 400mph in a streamliner.  
The difference between a Lakester and Streamliner is that the wheels of the latter are enclosed within the body work.



The Vescos had 'the small engine' loaded and were looking for big 300mph speeds, unfortunately didn't happen this run.



Little Crossly was powered by 1 litre engine and ran over 90mph.



Under 150 cubic inch, nitro burning supercharged four cylinder roadster was running well above the 200mph mark.



The lakesters and 'liners may be fastest, but Bonneville is still more about the roadsters.







However there's some pretty classy Studebakers run out here too.





And there's even a clalss for your old Valiant, or Plymouth 'Cuda, as the case may be.



These guys came all the way from Perth Western Australia, to try their hand at a production motorcycle record.



They were still working on it when we had to leave.



I'm tired and have a big week ahead, so that's all for now.


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Re: Speedweek, Bonneville, Utah, USA, August 2013.

Post  Carps on Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:09 pm

OOOPS!  double post, who's a silly boy then?


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Re: Speedweek, Bonneville, Utah, USA, August 2013.

Post  Giobus on Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:20 am

Thanks Pete,

Great series of photos, was there a picture of your car in amongst the post?

The last photo you posted says it all for me - the long road with a cool hot rod Very Happy


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Re: Speedweek, Bonneville, Utah, USA, August 2013.

Post  Carps on Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:03 pm

Here ya go Gio, The St Louis Salt Circus!



L to R, Big Mike, Bob, Freddy, Skip, yours truly, Gary and Mike Jr.  
The two guys on the end, I have no clue they are Californians who kinda adopted us for the week.

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Re: Speedweek, Bonneville, Utah, USA, August 2013.

Post  Giobus on Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:46 am

Thanks Pete,

Living the dream!


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