Salt Flats, August 17, 2001 -
The HPC sponsored Team Vesco Turbinator
streamliner ran a terminal speed of 470.288 MPH at the SCTA
Bonneville National Speed Week on August 13th. Driven by Don Vesco, car
number 111, "The Turbinator" ran through the 2.25 mile mark at 365
MPH, 3 mile mark at 385 MPH, 4 mile mark at 430 MPH, the 5 mile mark at 459 MPH
and had a terminal speed at shut down of 470.288 MPH.
Goes 470 MPH at Bonneville Salt Flats
At printing the Hot Rod Magazine Top Time Trophy
should be secured by Team Vesco Racing.
The Turbinator is a turbine powered, wheel driven
streamliner. In 1999 The Turbinator broke Don Campbell's world record for
a wheel driven vehicle of 409.135 MPH with a 427.832 MPH run on the Bonneville
Salt Flats. The next goal for Team Vesco is to be the first wheel driven
car over 500 MPH. With speeds like this the Turbinator could achieve this
at the USRFA World of Speed, September
21 - 24, 2001.
Visit the USFRA
website for more information on this event.