Sept. 5, 2013
Do you like raw speed? Do you dream of breaking 200mph? 300? Maybe more? Where the science of horsepower, aerodynamics, and even safety are pushed to the limits? If you answered 'yes' to any of these, then you're like us here at GM Truck Central. We love power, learning, and we love watching the incredible speed machines be tested and run out on one of the most unique places on earth, the Bonneville Salt Flats. Speed Week is one of our favorite events that we cover each year, this is our third consecutive year out on the flats. This year was great, although scheduling constraints only allowed us to be out there for 1 day of the week, we got to see some incredible machines.
This year we were lucky enough to be on the salt and see the 'Speed Demon' vehicle break 436mph...Yes, you read that right, four hundred and thirty six miles per hour, in a wheel driven piston engine human piloted machine. Simply incredible, but what's even more astounding, is that their 436mph run, isn't even the record the Speed Demon has run before. Now there is a downside to witnessing this in person, "What downside is there", you may ask yourself, well our location along the track and obstructions prevented us from getting any images of the run. But if you'd like to read more about the speed demon vehicle you can check out their website here: http://www.speeddemon.us/
For those who are unfamiliar with Speed Week, or salt flat racing, it is unlike any other racing event around. People from around the world build their own speed machines and run them along the salt flats of the ancient dry Lake Bonneville which has been taking place since around 1907, with land speed records being set there ever since. The competitors are mostly enthusiasts like us, and they are simply racing against the records for the highest possible speed in various classes. The vehicles that are seen there are some of the most unique things around. For those who have never been to Speed Week, it is an event to behold.
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