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  • From Dan Warner, car and motorcycle rulebook changes.  Two PDF files, for saving, printing, or perusing.

    "I have not included the complete sections, only the changes. Updates will be in bold print and deletions are lined out and highlighted.
    The remainder of a paragraph where a change was made and the entire section will remain intact."




  • Impound Insightsby Dan Warner

    Nov 2012

    The final meet of the year, a two dayer - was... great! Typical cold fall weather on the desert was present, low temps, and slight(?) winds greeted us on Friday for inspection. I read there were 108 entries for the two days.

    The fantastic news is that there was 25 car and 12 motorcycle records set. Two new members for the El Mirage 200 MPH club were presented with their Merlot colored hats. Ryan LeFevers joined his brother Kevin in the club. Ryan drove the families' LeFevers & Jesel C/GMR at 216, breaking Kevin's 213 record. Scott Goetz was in the Aardema Braun Goetz V4/BFS and ran a very nice 209. Scott and the team capped off a very successful salt season with this run. Congratulations guys, you have joined Eric Eyres, Dan Waldrop, Ed Fenn, James Rice and Fabin Valdez as the class of 2012.

    With one record pending there are 22 more car records to account for:Rick Yacoucci ran two passes at 258+ mph in the Costella-Yacoucci-Waters C/FS. Dennis Mariani took the Mariani Farms E/FS to a new record of 226. Ed Fenn brought along a couple of partners and drove the Fenn Motorsports & Davis & Warnock D/FL to a new class record of 226. This broke thelong standing record of Carr & Kaplan. We haven't seen Don Carr in many years as he has found another calling and Barry Kaplan passed away a few years ago. Moving on to the roadster classes we find Mark Lintner, last year's championship driver, back in the Edwall Eyres Lintner H/BFMR setting yet another record at 186, very strong for a Haybusa engine in a '29 roadster. The Burns-Callaway-Warnock entry was driven by 300 MPH Pete Prentice to a 148 record. I guess regular driver Paula Burns was unavailable this weekend. Mariani Farms opened their stacker trailer and found the A/GR 1934 Ford roadster on the top shelf. They decided to unload the car, enter the class as Mariani-Jesel, put Super Dave Silveira in the seat and poke out a new class record of 220 mph. Robert Sightsgot the nod in the LTD Sights Racing H/BStR. Robert ran to a new 135 record before heading to his own car. Richard Reed turned up with his R2 Racin' V4F/StR and gain a new record at 119 mph. The Vintage classes had the XXF/VFCC of BMR-Ferguson Racing with Neil McAlister driving. The bright yellow '32 five window coupe with the flathead/Ferguson Ardun heads ran at 173 mph. The #69 Lattin & Gillette American Austin coupe ran in the V4F/VGC class this meet. Young Billy Lattin again took the wheel and bumped his own record to 104 mph. The V4/VOT sprint car ofKlos Sutliff Spacek set the record to 127 running against the 125 minimum, Gary Sutliff in the seat. The Cohn JucewicMonza set a record of 204 in the B/CGC class with Bob Jucewic driving. The little I/GCC Suburu 360 of Foley Phelps Kilger, at their second meet, set the class record to 114.7, .2 mph over the old record. Axle Foley says there is a lot left. Harris & Wester, Richard Ross at the wheel, set the XXO/BFAlt record to 184. The polished GMC with the Arias 12 port head and blower is a thing of beauty, take a look next time you are at the lakes. Miriam Macmillan, she who does all, got a chance to drive her Hondata CRX to a new F/FAlt record 183. Pete Prentice, mentioned above, got in his regular ride - the Warnock Racing Honda in the J/FAlt class and ran the record to 112. Hondata has teamed with Hasport in the Hasport Hondata H/BGMS class with Craig Corbin driving. The team bumped up last month's record to 167 mph. Team McLeish Bro, Derek McLeish up, once again set a record, this time in I/BGMS at an amazing 160 mph. This run secured the#1 position in the championship for the team. Congrats to all involved.White Goose Bar Racing truck, as seen in Hot Rod, was on a roll this weekend. Set a 180 record on Saturday then could not grab the ground on a second run. Sunday morning over coffee the team brain trust decided to not touch the tuneup and ran 182 in zero wind on the relocated course. Keith Pederson was driving, done and done!The Brew 102 '53 Ford coupe with the Ford inline 6 ran in the XO/Pro class with a new entry name; Thorbatreykal, try to pronounce that one! Gerry Reynolds was at the wheel and set the record at 135+. Ed Van Scoy came back from AZ to run his Corvette once again. Ed raised his record from last month to 213 mph. Finally, last but not least, Tom Sauter and crew also came from AZ with their E/DT entry. The Dodge Dakota truck runs a small Cummins diesel and scoots along pretty good at 121 mph. Whew-that is a lot of typing.

    Rick Yacoucci took top speed of the year for cars at 258.024. Derek McLeish and the Team McLeish Bros team took the number one points championship as mentioned.


    Twelve records over at the Motorcycle Impound: Mark Summitt rode his Harley-Aermacchi in 350-A-PG class to a new 116 record. Also in the 350cc engine category was Jill Iverson on her Jill Iverson Indian. This month Jill was entered in the 350-APS-VG class and set the record to 103. Randy Nelson was running in 500-A-PBG class and was good at 144 mph. Petit Cathy Butler was on husband Van's Van Butler Racing bike and set the 650-A-F record at 179.000, hard to hit those triple zeros. I did it in 1992 at 200.000 for a record. Back to the bikes, Laird Smith on the Laird Smith 650-A-PG Triumph ran 129. Ralph Leclercq returned to the dirt with his Honda Racing 650-P-P entry turning a fine 170 speed. Len Jones switched class with his sidecar rig, this meet Len was in 650-SC-PG class and set the record to 134. This cemented Len's positionas the 2012 motorcycle champion. Jeannie Pflum was on the Pflum and Wager 1000-A-F bike tuned by Jamie Wagner. Jeannie ran a record speed of 189. John Noonan was on the 1350-APS-BF entry of Noonan/Noonan/Moreland and set a record at 250 plus. Tom Foley got his first record on hisFoley Racing 1350-SC-VG rig at 129 mph. In the 3000cc engine category Jay Allen Racing, with Jay Allen in the saddle, entered the 3000-A-PG class and set the record at 177. The electric bike war seems to be gaining voltage and spark. Last month Dusty Vargas set a good record in the Omega-APS class in the 170s. This month Jim Hoogerhyde rode the Lighting Motors entry to a very fast 189 record.

    John Noonan set fastest speed of the year for motorcycles at 250.806. Len Jones won the motorcycle championship.

    All in all a great year - let's hope for a kind off season with some lakebed repair courtesy of Mother Nature. I wish everyone a Happy Holiday season and best wishes during our down time. See everyone at El Mirage again in May 2013.

  • This Resolution of the Save the Salt Coalition was forwarded to me to post here.  Please take a few minutes to read it and get familiar with the substance -- and then please PLEASE get off your duff and write to your state and federal congressmen - whether you've already done it (before this) or not.  More racers must MUST must be in touch to prove we need the StS Coalition's view to be respected, observed, and enforced.

    Copy follows:

    Save the Salt Coalition
    October 11, 2011


    Doug Evans Chairman, Save the Salt Coalition

    Whereas, the Bonneville Salt Flats (BSF) is a unique and distinguished geological
    phenomenon which, among many other attributes, has provided special qualities for
    high-speed car, truck and motorcycle racing since 1914, and continuously since the
    1940s; and...

  • We are confirming the dates with the BLM, and are in the process of renewing our permit for the use of the Salt Flat. This year the BLM has offered to renew our permit for a 10 year period- so we are planning to stick around and keep doing this as long as you want to race!

    Our dates planned for '08 are 31st August- 5th September. We are planning on opening registration and scrutnieering all day Saturday (30th) and start racing first thing Sunday morning- through to noon on Friday. This adds a full extra day racing to our schedule.

  • Here is the completed rules changes for the 2008 year.  (This list should not be used in lue of a 2008 rule book, always consult the current rule book. This list is for informational  puposes only.)

    Car Rule Changes - Motorcycle Rule Changes



  • (Story and Images quoted from KSL.COM Salt Lake) - Click Here for Direct Link
    Motor Sportsman to Be Inducted in to Sports Hall of Fame
    Alex Cabrero reporting

    Utah's sports hall of fame is filled with football, basketball and winter sports athletes. Next week, though, it's going to add someone involved with motor sports.

    He'll be only the 2nd motor sports person in Utah's sports hall of fame. Terry Nish, owner of Nish Motorsports, was tearing up as he told us about the phone call when he found out he was going in.

  • The headline says it all, folks.  Here's a link to the Forum post that Dan Warner made about the situation, and there are a few photos of the scenes around the not-so-dry lake.  http://www.landracing.com/forum/index.php/topic,8881.msg143502/topicseen.html#new

    The event that's scheduled for the following week is the motor scooter land speed trials -- but that, too, might be canceled or moved if the lakebed doesn't dry out enough for racing.

    Ah, well, there's always next year.
  • Dan Warner sent this four-page list of rules/changes. Note that changes for '10 are in bold. The changes were voted on by the SCTA Board of Directors on Friday, 20 November 2009.

    2010 SCTA Car Rulebook Changes

    Rulebook paragraphs affected by changes are shown.

    1.E Course:
    The straightaway speed course, conditions permitting, will be an overall distance of at least seven miles. If conditions permit, there will be two courses available. A “short” course of three miles for vehicles under 175 MPH, and a “long” course of five miles for vehicles over 175 MPH. The “short” course will consist of an approach of one mile from the starting line and three timing traps placed as follows: the first trap timing the entire second mile, the second trap timing the first quarter-mile of the third mile and a third trap timing the entire third mile.

    2.A.1 Vinatge Engines
    Vintage engine classes listed below refer to "blocks or crankcases" and are intended to be representative examples of those listed and recognizable as such. Vintage engine class competitors are required to use production blocks as specified. Modification to said blocks shall be limited to original factory production or factory authorized replacements and shall retain all original dimensions, excepting modifications involving intake/exhaust ports, cooling ports and specialty head adaptation pursuant to the following criterion: Cylinder bore centers shall be maintained to within .150" of original design; crankshaft centerline to original deck height measurement shall be within .150" of original design; original deck material and thickness shall be maintained to within .150" of original design.

    3.A.2 Driver’s Helmet:

    All drivers/riders shall wear a full-face helmet with face shield. A Snell Foundation tag reading SA2000 or M2000 or later is required. Snell Foundation 2005 Certification will be required on all helmets beginning on January 1, 2011.No open face helmets will be allowed. Helmets will be visually inspected at least once each year. Helmets shall be undamaged and in serviceable condition. Eyeglasses worn under the helmet shall be shatterproof. All cars and motorcycle streamliners require SA rated helmets.

    3.A.3 Driver’s Helmet Support:
    Forward movement: All NEW cars and motorcycle streamliners presented for inspection shall have an engineered and tested SFI spec 38.1 type head and neck restraint system. Beginning January 1, 2011 all cars and motorcycle streamliners shall have an engineered and tested SFI spec 38.1 type head and neck restraint system.

    3.I Fuel Systems:
    The complete fuel system shall be securely mounted. Plastic fuel lines are not permitted. A metal screw type clamp shall be on each connection of rubber or steel-braided fuel line. Fuel lines which run into the driver’s compartment shall be steel or steel-braided covered. No flexible fuel lines of any kind allowed in drivers compartment. All fuel lines in the area of the clutch and flywheel shall be run through heavy steel tubing or outside the frame rail, regardless of the presence of a scattershield. All fuel tanks shall be vented. Fuel tank vents shall be provisioned to eliminate spillage in the event of a rollover. All fuel tanks shall be isolated from the driver’s compartment and protected in the plane of the blower drive, if used. Nitrous Oxide cylinders or any other type of oxidizer cylinder are considered the same as fuel tanks and shall not be mounted in the driver’s compartment.

    3.I.1 Fuel Shut-off:
    All cars with other than stock fuel system shall have a fuel shut-off within the driver’s reach. Electric fuel pumps shall have a switch in the circuit to disable pump operation. All electric fuel pumps shall have an inertial or other positive “shut off switch” e.g. microprocessor controlled, or oil pressure switch. All rotating fuel shut-off valves SHALL have a positive stop to prevent reopening of the valve.

  • Impound Insights
    El Mirage Nov 2009
    By Dan Warner

    Our old friend, high winds, made their appearance on the lakebed for the final event of 2009. Saturday and Sunday runs were interrupted by the wind but, in the end four rounds were available to those that could make a pass. In addition to the wind we had cold, cold temps. Pat McSwain and his wife Kat took turns getting up in the night to start their trucks so that they could run in the mornings. We don’t do cold well in Southern California.

    The good news is that Erik Hansson secured his place on the El Mirage 200 MPH Club roster with a fine 203 run in XF/BGL, old school belly tank with a flathead for power. Erik had been in the very high 190s all season. Erik, like Mark Vigeant from last month also joined the Bonneville 200 MPH club at the World Finals event.

    Overall there were 18 records set, 11 car and 7 motorcycle, over the two day meet. Randy Ferguson drove the Ferguson Racing XXF/BGMR to a record of 196. Dennis Mariani got another record in the XF/BStR class at 157 and Irene Hanchard set the V4F/BStR mark at 118 MPH. Craig Corbin took the Hondata CRX to a new G/FCC record of 177 and Daniel Butler ran the Hondata RSX to a 193 record in F/BGCC. Tyler Osborn drove his Dad’s ’37 Ford to a record of 153 in the XXF/VGCC class racing under the Ferguson & Osborn banner. Keith Pedersen added 10 MPH to his record from last month. Keith drove the White Goose Bar Racing G/BMMP to a 164 record. Troy Cochran put 8 on the F/PS record, up to 212 in the Raver/Cochran Racing Mitsubishi. Sgt. at Arms, Bill Lattin, let his son Billy loose in the Lattin & Gillette XF/PP Ford truck; Billy set the record at 110. Last car record belongs to the afore mentioned Pat McSwain at 157 in his Duramax powered GMC pickup, 157 in the A/DT class.

    The motorcycle cert guys saw a few customers. Eric Noyes took his turn in the Buddenbaum Fabrication 100-SCS-G streamliner and set the record at 117. This run sealed the championship for the team.
    Jill Iverson raced the Junior Speed Scout 350-A-VF bike to a 106 record. Cathy Butler has used her years of experience on smaller displacement bikes and is now in the 650-APS-F class where she set the record to 177 MPH. In the 750cc classes Jim Higgins rode the Moreland Noonan Spyke 750-A-BG entry to a 192 record and Harry Meeker rode his 750-SC-PBG bike to a 131 record. Two records were set in the 1000cc
    classes, Ralph Hudson set the 1000-APSG record several times over the weekend ending up with a final record speed of 194. Jeannie Pflum rode Jamie Wagner’s 1000-P-P entry to a new record 190.

    Top Speed of the year for cars was set by Fred Dannenfelzer in his lakester at 252.257 MPH. John Noonan once again ended the season as the fastest bike with a speed of 223.726. John beat Pat Womack by just .395 MPH at the end of the year.

    The 2009 season champs are John Buddenbaum and Eric Noyes with the Buddenbaum Fabrication streamliner with 1412 points overall. The top car point earners are Doug and Miriam Macmillan with their Hondata RSX entry.

    Congratulations to all record setters in 2009, the top point champions and the fastest car and bike entries. A special congrats go out to Mark Vigeant and Erik Hansson as the two new Dirty Two members.

    We all know the lakebed needs rain, so let’s hope this is the year it happens. Lets all gather at El Mirage next May for safe and very fast 2010 season.
  • Once again high winds plagued the competitors as they tried to set more records on the high desert. The winds started in the mid-morning on Sunday and placed the racing on hold on and off during the afternoon. The winds aside, 13 car and three motorcycle records(one pending certification) were set.

    The good news is that Mark Vigeant was inducted as the first new member of the El Mirage 200 MPH Club for this year. Mark drove the Rice Vigeant Racing H/BFL to a new record of 202.561 to earn his Merlot colored hat. Mark also joined the Bonneville 200 MPH club at the recent World Finals, looks like a good year for the team.

    Mark Lintner drove the Eyres Moreland Noonan H/BGMR to a record of 151.934 and Sam Buck drove the Creel, Buck & Nelson V4F/VFAlt to 118.328 class record. Another V4F entry, The So What Speed Shop driven by Irene Hanchard set the record in V4F/BStR at 116.198. The V4 classes are very popular as the guys want to see what can be done with this “old” stuff. Scott Goetz drove the Aardema Eyres Braun V4/VFCC ’34 to a new record of 167.656.

    The White Goose Bar team set a couple records, Rick Yacoucci in the Costella Yacoucci B/GS at 234 for a class record and top speed of the meet. Keith Pederson put down a 154 lap for the record in the White Goose Bar Racing G/BMMP VW truck of Mike Manghelli.

    The Hondata crew set two records at this meet, Doug Macmillan(on his 45th birthday) in the F/BFCC class at 198 and wife Miriam in her G/GCC at 167.

    Jim Dincau and his son Tony set their first El Mirage record in their F/StR at 146. Look for more from this crew. Richard Ross took a turn at the wheel of the Harris & Wester GMC powered Camero and set the XXO/FCC record up to 175. Peter Shotrosky drove the Steve’s Machine F/PMP

    Ford Ranger to a record of 136.

    On a personal note; I lost the last of my records, the other at Bonneville, this year to Bob Jucewic in the Cohn Jucweic Monza in the C/CGAlt class by a margin of .465 MPH. Bob’s new record is 200.465. I guess 17 years is long enough to hold a record, good job guys.

    A couple of bike records were both set in the 1000cc class. Jamie Wagner had Jeannie Pflum on the 1000-P-P bike at 186 and Ralph Hudson rode his 1000-APS-G bike to a record of 182.

    The last meet of the year is fast approaching, Nov. 14/15. We wish everyone a fast and safe meet. Get ’er done and come back in 2010 faster than ever.

    Submitted by Dan Warner

  • El Mirage 200MPH Club
    By Dan Warner

    November 16, 2008

    The last event of the season saw three more members added to the club roster.

    Several wild fires kept the entry down for awhile. I left my house at 4:30 AM on Saturday morning and spent 3 hours on my trip to the lakebed, usually a 1.5 hour trip. We heard stories of some competitors unable to get to El Mirage due to road closures.....

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