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Understanding Bonneville streamliners, lakesters, and roadsters

The recipe for success on the salt flats and dry lake beds of Bonneville is a generous helping of power and traction with as little aerodynamic drag as possible. In order to level the playing field among entrants, however, racers must be grouped into specific classes. We already covered the basics of the SCTA’s engine and fuel classes, but that only deals with the horsepower part of the recipe. The Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) also created dozens of car classes so that competitors can push the envelope in design or recreate hot rods of the 1940s and still have a place in the record books.


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I drove my 1972 Vega, fully loaded with my college stuff, on the Bonneville Salt Flats on about May 8, 1978, setting the unofficial world land speed record for a Vega at 94 mph! I was the only person there...

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