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Impound Insights -- El Mirage November 2014
Written by Jon Wennerberg   
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 23:32

Impound Insights - November 8/9, 2014                            Dan Warner

The last meet of the season has been put to bed with great fanfare. The weather cooperated with minimal winds on Saturday and Sunday and pleasant temps both days. A high entry count, approaching 180 I am told, made for a super show. We ran three rounds on Sunday ending just before the permit cutoff time.
As usually happens the November meet saw a spike in the El Mirage 200 MPH Club roster. First up is Ted Olson who drove the Steinegger & Eshenbaugh lakester. The car ran in the F/FL class using 1/2 of a Chrysler Hemi. Big load of nitro pushed Ted through the lights at 213 MPH. Martin Menne scored a ride in The Kraut Bros. C/BGRMR and took advantage of the opportunity to set a new class record of 212.06. Long time salt and dry lakes runner Les Leggitt debuted his new '53 Studebaker in the B/BCFAlt class. Brandon Leggitt has the driving chores and while stepping up in the license program was able to lay down a 231 record. Donnie Hicks and his Zoom Zoom Racing F/BGL upped last month's record to a 200.9 earning him a new club hat. While Donnie was in route home to Orangevale, CA on Sunday Joe Cardoso took the Tracer Racing entry and ran in the same F/BGL class. Joe bumped the record way up to 208. I wonder if Donnie knows? Finally, our long time President, Jon Meyer, is relocating to the Mid West in a few weeks. The club wishes Jon and Julie all the best in the future. The club held their annual BBQ and party at the SCTA building on the lakebed. The party was well attended and I am sure more than one of us had a difficult time answering the rooster call on Sunday. A fitting send off for Jon and Julie, thanks for your service Jon.
In addition to the five records mentioned there are another 13 new certified car records and six bike records.
Starting by entry number we have #7, the Aardema Braun Sheriton V4/BGRMR driven by Cal Rothe. Cal did a fine job setting the new class record to 165.2 MPH. Derek McLeish was once again in the hot seat of the McLeish Bracket Racing H/BFMS. The much chopped Triumph TR6 coupe ran to a 177.9 record. I call that close enough to 178 for bragging rights. Bill Lattin set a record on Saturday but, the one that counted was Sunday's pass. Bill turned everyone's head with an amazing 182 run in the XXF/FCC class using the White Lighting Austin coupe running under the Lattin & Stevens banner. Don Ferguson III, known as D3, drove the Ferguson Macmillan Honda powered F/BGS to a new record of 269+ MPH. This could have been the run to win the championship. We will have to wait until the results are compiled. The well used Cohn Jucewic Monza ran in the F/CGC class this meet. Driver Bob Jucewic also builds the engines and his 181 ci wonder set the record to 165.1 MPH. Keith Black and his Black Racing team of family members and friends had a season of wins and firsts in the A/GS class. Two records at this meet, Saturday's record was superseded on Sunday with a 223.3+. As mentioned above Martin Menne drove the Kraut Bros. car on Saturday to a club membership. Not to be outdone, car owner Willie Boelcke took the wheel and beat Martin's record by .276 to place his mark in the upcoming 2015 rule book. Ed Fenn ends his season with a C/FL record using an engine built by the infamous Bob Brissette. Ed's new record in the Brissette & Fenn entry stands at 240.7 MPH. Big Tim Boyle brought his Dodge Ram truck down to So Cal from Colorado for the weekend. Tim goes home with a 169.3 record in the B/DT class. The H/BStR class had the current record holder, L.T.D. Sights Racing with Robert Sights up resetting their own record to 153.7.  Robert is the beloved gentleman known as 'Prozac" from the salt. Chet Thomas closes out his year with the final record in the AA/StR class. His Ford powered, John Beck built entry finishes as top[ of class at 211.7 MPH. Previously mentioned John Beck drove the Vintage Hot Rod entered C/AIR roadster to a final record of 175+ MPH. John is contention for the points championship. He told me that he would like to see a compressed air roadster(C/AIR) on the cover of the rule book. Eric Eyres and father Russ turned up in impound after a not planned absence. The Eyres and Son roadster has been close to record speeds at each meet and got one this time in the E/BFR class. Eric took 'er down track a class setting 212.5 MPH. White Goose Bar Racing set their second record in a row with Tom Hanley driving. Once again in the G/MMP class, Tom added 6 MPH to last month's record ending up with a fine 130.7 speed. The last certified record for this event is the Notabusa entry. This little Subaru is powered by a Kawasaki engine. Driven this month by J. R. Foley the team gained a 123 record for their efforts.
The bike side came by with six new records: Dave Iversen rode his Dave Iversen Knuckle to a 1000-APS-VG record of 137.5 MPH. Alp Sungurtekin rode his Alp Racing and Design entry to his third record of the season. This event Alp was in the 650-APS-VG class with a speed of 130.7 MPH. Scott Mattern rode the McLeish Brothers team entry to a 125-APS-BF class record of 124.8 MPH. Cathy Butler and her Van Butler Racing entry has returned to the record lists. This month Cathy rode in the 650-A-G class with a record speed of 176.6 MPH. The Pflum Wagner Racing team seems to set a record each meet. This time rider Jeannie Pflum set two records. Sunday's final record in the 1000-A-F class was 198.7 MPH. I am pulling for a 200 speed in 2015. Ralph Hudson rode his 1000-APS-BF Suzuki to set the only bike record in excess of 200 this meet. Ralph twisted the throttle to record a 235.8 MPH record.
There are still two car and one bike record to be certified before the final 2014 record list is finalized. We allow teams up to 30 days following a meet to have the engine measured if they desire. Records are held in pending status until the process is completed.
The 2014 season had ups and downs but I think it all turns out well in the end. Mark you calendars for 2015. The first meet scheduled for the May 16/17 weekend.

Click here for live audio from Wilmington, Ohio
Written by Jon Wennerberg   
Friday, 26 September 2014 22:51

Click this link to hear the live audio stream from the ECTA event in Wilmington, Ohio during the weekend of 27 & 28 September 2014

Buckeye Bullet Sets New Record!
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 14:30

Buckeye Bullet

COLUMBUS—Ohio State’s Venturi Buckeye Bullet team has successfully chased down yet another international record for electric land speed vehicles.

On Friday, August 22, 2014 professional driver Roger Schroer guided the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 (VBB-3) to an average two-way speed of 212.615 miles per hour. The new record set by the VBB-3 is pending certification by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the worldwide motorsports governing body, in Category A Group VIII Class 8. This is a new competition category for the team, which had its most recent record-breaking vehicle (2010) set a record in FIA’s Category A Group VIII Class 4.

The VBB-3 was required to make two speed runs, one each in opposite directions and within 60 minutes, in order to be considered for the international record. While the record is officially determined by averaging the speed of the two runs in the middle of the eight mile course, the fastest time the VBB-3 exited timed middle mile—known as the flying mile—was at 270 miles per hour.

“This was an excellent first outing for the vehicle. The team faced daily trials but pushed forward,” says David Cooke, mechanical engineering graduate student and Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 team leader.

Although the planned debut of the VBB-3 was slated for Speedweek, August 9-15 in Wendover, Utah, rain forced the cancelation of the 100th anniversary racing event sanctioned by the Southern California Timing Association. Despite the cancelation, the Venturi Buckeye Bullet team remained on site for a private event and secured the newest record. While additional rain and high winds during the private event prevented the team from making as many runs as it would have liked, the team and vehicle prevailed.  Due to the rains the race track was reduced from the typical six and one half mile course to less than three and one half miles.

Buckeye Bullet

“Although our planned 11 days of racing was reduced to three days—and on a much shorter and slicker course—the team continued the quest for speed,” says Cooke. "We completed excellent test runs, learned a great deal and are ready to come back and go even faster. All of the  reports from the driver and the data that we’ve processed show that this is by far the most capable vehicle we’ve ever built.”

The electric streamliner has been designed and built by undergraduate and graduate students over the past four years at the university’s Center for Automotive Research in partnership with Monaco-based electric vehicle manufacturer, Venturi Automobiles which lends its 10-year expertise in electric vehicles and significant sponsorship funding to the students. It is propelled by two custom electric motors developed by Venturi Automobiles, and is powered by two megawatts of lithium ion batteries produced by A123 Systems.

Giorgio Rizzoni, the team advisor and director of the university’s Center for Automotive Research: “The Buckeye Bullet experience is a unique training opportunity and proving ground for our brightest and most dedicated students, many of whom have moved on to successful  careers in industry at companies such as Ford, Boeing, A123 and Lockheed Martin.”

The team has set numerous speed records during the past decade. In 2004 Buckeye Bullet 1, which ran on nickel metal hydride batteries, set a national land speed record with an average time of 315 miles per hour (506.9 kilometers per hour). Venturi Buckeye Bullet 2, the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered land speed electric vehicle, set the international record of 303 miles per hour (487.6 kilometers per hour) in 2009. Then in 2010, Venturi Buckeye Bullet 2.5 set the record for world’s fastest electric vehicle at 307.6 miles per hour (495 kilometers per hour), powered by lithium ion batteries.

“We can’t wait to get back on the track and continue the journey to 400 miles per hour with an electric vehicle,” comments Cooke.

Photos: Top) Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Credit: Denis Boussard // Venturi Automobiles. Driver Roger Schroer discusses vehicle performance with student leaders on the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 team. Credit: Denis Boussard // Venturi Automobiles.

Holly Henley, Center for Automotive Research Marketing and Communications, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 614-292-4217

About Venturi Buckeye Bullet team
Based out of The Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research, the Venturi Buckeye Bullet team’s mission is to provide unique engineering challenges for students. The team strives to provide valuable, hands-on experience, creating some of the best young engineers in the world. The goal is to promote and represent sponsors professionally and with integrity, aiming to bring together great minds and new technologies to overcome the most difficult challenges. This student team pushes the envelope of electric vehicle technology and in so doing hope to change public perception of electric vehicles. Mission: prove that green technologies of the future will be both fun to drive and fast! More: Follow the team on Twitter at @OSUCtrAutoRsrch, @Venturi and using #VBB3.

About Venturi Automobiles:
Venturi Automobiles was founded in 1984 in France as a sports car manufacturer. Purchased in 2001 by Gildo Pallanca Pastor, it focuses on innovation in the field of electric vehicles by harnessing the most advanced technological solutions in this area. Venturi expertise extends from urban cars to high-performance vehicles. More:

About The Ohio State University:
Founded in 1870, The Ohio State University is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 63,000 students (including 56,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers, and 175 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences and the professions.

Speed Week / World Finals CANCELLED
Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00

RAIN, RAIN, RAIN. !!!!!!!!!!!! embraces Facebook!
Written by Jon Wennerberg   
Friday, 29 August 2014 01:19

Here it is -- your link to the new Facebook page:


Take a look and see what you think of it.  Feel free to post whatever you think ought to be there, too.  I'll try to keep it up to date and filled with good information and photos.  The traditional website and Forum won't be suffering from the loss, either, so you shouldn't quit visiting the site.  Use both of them for the latest land speed racing information.  See you on the salt!!


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