VESCO BROTHERS REGAIN WORLD SPEED RECORD FOR USA WITH THUNDERING 458 MPH AVERAGE
Bonneville Salt Flats, UT, October 2001 — Motorcyclist and automobile driver Don Vesco driving the Turbinator streamliner designed by brother and racer Rick Vesco captured the absolute wheel-driven FIA Land Speed Record, smashing the 1964 turbine mark set by England’s late Donald Campbell by more than 55 mph.
Participating in the SCTA/BNI World Finals time trials event, Vesco’s new FIA averages were:
Flying Mile: 458.440 mph
Flying Kilometer: 458.208 mph / 737.414 kph
Top speed was a staggering 461 mph, the fastest speed ever recorded by a wheel-driven vehicle in the history of land speed racing.
Don Vesco is the first and
only person to have held both automotive and motorcycle Land Speed Records.
He recorded three Federation of International Motorcycles (FIM) world
records between 1976 and 1978, the last at 318 mph that stood for 13 years.
Vesco’s motorcycle speed record earned him the coveted HOT ROD Magazine Top Speed Trophy when he tripped the flying mile clocks at 333 MPH one-way on September 27, 1978, riding his hand built Lightening Bolt Kawasaki Streamliner. He again earned the HOT ROD Trophy in 1999 and in 2001 driving the Turbinator.
For 2002, TEAMVesco intends to break the 500 mph barrier, and then reclaim the FIM World Record for motorcycles, currently at 322 mph and held by American Dave Campos.
The Vesco brothers would like to thank not only their loving families, but also their dedicated team members:
Crew Chief Nick Pappas, Engine Specialist Lance Morris, Lee Burkey, Paul Busta, Lonny Christensen, Elliot Estrine, Rick Haskell, Skip Hedrich, Bob Hodgkinson, Clark Kane, Gordon Menzies, Rob North, Alex MacFadzean, “LandSpeed” Louise Ann Noeth, Chris Shearer and Ed Shearer.
TEAMVesco is especially grateful to HPC who has provided unwavering support
through the years.
TEAMVesco is especially grateful to HPC who has provided unwavering support through the years.
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