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Update July 6, 2018

The link below is to the PC version of the video using  browsers if you do not have VR goggles.  This way of viewing can be a bit buggy depending on your browser.

This link it to the Within site to get the app and search for the video if you have VR goggles.

I went out yesterday to the Bonneville track to determine what the surface is going to be like this year.  Last year I had to make some tough calls and decided not to even bring the car to the track.  From peoples comments that did run leaving the car at the shop last year was the correct call.   This year however, barring any storms, there is no doubt that the track is going to be good.  Mother Nature has finally cured the salt surface into one that is going to be great for racing.  From the 0 to the 4 mile it is the best I have ever seen this early in the year.  From the 4 to the 5 it is not perfect but is still much better than we have had for many years.  The surface is smooth yet hard.   This is a rare combination because when it dry’s hard it usually buckles up and has to be graded very careful.  Some minor ridges are coming up but it is nothing very big.  The ridges will be dragged out by the volunteer staff a couple of times before Speed Week.  I do not want to get into politics here but although there are no bare patches the only issue is how thin the salt surface is.  It is only a ¼ inch thick in spots.  Given how hard the salt is I am very optimistic that this will not be a problem.   The bed below the salt is also firmer and dryer because the water table is also down.  It is a good 3 inches down on the far end and about 8 inches down on the freeway end.  This may not sound like much but last year it was about ¾ of an inch below the surface.

I am definitely bringing the car up to Speed Week this year.  

Links

World's Fastest Modified Car

Top Time of the Meet at 380 MPH

October 2012 World finals

Official two way average record 364.051 MPH

Driven by Keith Copeland

The race car began as a 1971 Triumph GT-6

The car has been modified per the SCTA rules from the cowl forward and stretched to a 130 inch wheel base. The top has been chopped 5 inches, and the chassis and suspension are all custom fabricated. The engine is a Brodix (Chevy) block and heads, V-8, 360 cu/in. twin turbo charged with ice water intercooling.  Boost is variable up to 30 psi.  HP is about 2200. It is a front wheel drive car.