Bonneville Speed Week

"The Hot Rod Lincoln "

Newsletter

September 2000

Bonneville Speed Week

We made it to Speed Week this year with "The Hot Rod Lincoln."

This is the technical inspection area at Speed Week. The car passed through with no problems. The inspectors are the unsung heroes at Speed Week, they put in LOTS of hours and inspected around 330 entrant vehicles.

Here's The Hot Rod Lincoln in the pits, before we actually ran. There is always a lot to check prior to running.

Here you can see the water, oil and fuel tanks. The air for the engine comes in the front tube, goes through the center tube and ends up in a large plenum below the windshield.

Jim Farley, Jim Gazdzik, John Petri and Rick Richardson, the crew of "The Hot Rod Lincoln" for Speed Week.

The new Ford F-350 pulling "The Hot Rod Lincoln" up to the staging area.

 

Left to right, Rick Richardson, owner Jim Gazdzik, and John Petri, on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

 

Just like any other auto event, you have to wait sometimes.

Jim's in his fire suit,
getting strapped in prior to a run.

John is making sure that Jim gets strapped in correctly.

The starter gives the okay to head down the course towards Floating Mountain. It's been awhile since there were this many black marks on the course, good traction from hard, dry salt.

After the pass, Jim's ready to get the car towed back to the pits.

 

Jim Gazdzik is in the driver's seat and John Petri is helping him with the restraint system.

 

People at Bonneville.

It takes a lot of people, all volunteers, to put on a Speed Week event every year. It also takes a lot of participants to make it worthwhile to have this event. They all show up at Wendover the third week in August, all guided by the same internal clock. They have one purpose in mind, to go as fast as they possibly can with the vehicle they brought to the salt.

  These are two of the very special people at Bonneville. On the left is Bob Higbee, long time starter at both Bonneville and El Mirage. He and his wife, Dottie, have spent a tremendous amount of time over many years dragging the salt so we can race. On the right is Al Teague, he set a World Land Speed Record of 409.9MPH in 1991. He was also top speed of this event at 393MPH.

 

 On the left is Dana Wilson and on the right is his partner Mike Waters. Mike's son Greg is behind them. Dana and Mike have been involved in making sure Speed Week goes on for years and have been long time partners on the Wilson & Waters Chevy powered '29 Roadster.

 Fred Dannanfelzer is helping Verlyn Thayer with the tune-up on his Crosley. This car has been running on the salt and at El Mirage for nearly 50 years. And yes, it did run better after the help from Fred.

This is the reason Fred had some spare time, they blew the crank out of their motor in the DRM Racing AA/BFL while traveling at over 300MPH. What you see is the #1 main bearing, blower pulley and drive end of the crank. While Fred usually drives, he and his partners, Bob Richards and Paul Madsen, all get involved in keeping this monster running.

Cris and Ed Shearer, from the Utah Salt Flat Racing Association, are always down near the 7 mile, waiting to see if someone needs help. If you have a fire, this is the truck you'll see coming to your assistance.

All the way from East Sussex, England, Jim Tiller drove this real Allard that he's owned for 42 years to a speed of 197MPH. It's currently powered by a big-block Chevy, but has had a wide array of motors. At different times it's had a Ford flathead, Ardun, Caddy, Chrysler, a small block or two, and been road raced. Jim was one happy person at Speed Week, we wish him and his crew well!

 

The view through the windshield of the push truck as Jim is starting a run down the course.

 

Setting up the course.

Some people show up at Bonneville weeks ahead of time, to lay out the course with a surveying crew, drag the salt to make it smooth enough for race cars, layout the pit area and coordinate with BLM. The week before more people start showing up until the start of Speed Week, when a small city develops on the salt flats. All needed to put on this event.

 

 Days before the event, Greg Waters is seen here near the starting line, measuring out for the three lanes that will be the long course. The multitude of cones are to mark off the staging area leading to the long course.

 Here is Greg again, out to the side of the course near the 8 or 9 mile, where you can see why it has to be drug. These smaller pressure ridges are common on the salt.

 

 The infamous "crusties".

This is near the 8 1/2 mile area where the salt surface pressure has built up and caused the salt to heave up and over itself. You don't want to hit this at speed!

 The long black line is starting to go down. We hire a large oil tanker to come out to the salt and spray a line of oil to mark the edge of the course.

 

 The end of the black line, Mile 7. This year, there was still another 1 1/2 miles or more of smooth salt to run on if you lost a parachute at high speeds.

 We had great salt this year. The course held up to over 330 entrants and was solid and dense, we didn't break through anywhere.

 

The new Ford F-350 Power Stroke Diesel and trailer to house "The Hot Rod Lincoln"
along with the crew, John, Jim and Rick.

 

Hope to see you on the salt!

 

[Back] [Home] [Next]