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Robert Cerna from Rochester, Michigan was back for the 15th time at Speedweek 2016 with his 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupe.

Gone was the old OEM inline six as it was replaced with a modern Merc 6-banger put together by Roush Competition Engines. On Tuesday the 16th Bob went out and laid down a 189.714 mph qualifier on B. Brown’s 2010 record of 172.974 mph and brought the car to impound. The next morning Robert laid down a lap of 192.804 mph to set a two way record of 190.759 mph. He was like a kid let loose in a candy store after trying to get the record after a decade and a half of trying. His crew chief was none other than former Trans-Am driver Tony DeLorenzo.

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Very cool shot of Cory Taulbert, sporting his AHRF shop shirt!

In case you're curious, the shirts can be found here: http://bit.ly/2cUamOw

Photo Credit: Travis Royboy Scanlan
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Street art is alive and well in Burbank. Chalk artists were in the think stage on getting the hi-lights right on this ’58 Plymouth Belvedere 2-door hardtop.

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Road Runners member Akton Miller ran his Deuce in the Unlimited Class because of the monster Cad V8 hiding under the hood. at the El Mirage S.C.T.A. meet on July 7, 1946. Ak clicked the lights at 123.96 mph against Don Blair’s Supercharged Merc in a Modified chassis at 134.08 mph. To put the speed into perspective Tony Capana ran 145.39 that day as did Don Blair at 140.62 mph. We like the home-brewed intake manifold.

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Holy Batman vs. Superman, Dawn of Justice Batmobile, what a tank. If you think longer, lower and wider was only a late ’50’s, early ’60’s thing you haven’t lived until you get up close to this monster. We think we’ll settle for a nice little street roadster instead.

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Mitchell Allen climbs of of the Allen Family Racing Class C Gas Modified Roadster after taking a run on Sunday at the first S.C.T.A. race of the 2016 season in May. It was a windy day and Dust got in the way of seeing clearly as you can make out in this shot. Mitch was short of the Lefevers & Jesel record set in November ’12 at 216.503 mph. He ran 188.269 mph.

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The boys at Hop Up Magazine had a little roadside gathering and we had to stop just to check out the rides along with a cold one. These two ’34’s said shoot me as did the moon.

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The Barber Brothers were a Post Entry at the April 28, 1946, S.C.T.A. Meet at El Mirage, Their Merc powered Model A ran in the Roadster Class and turned a respectable 112.64 mph against Bob Bebek’s two way record of 123.71. Dig the great head protection back in the dark ages of safety

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For the last few years there has been a gathering of rides at the Stateline Hotel and Casino, and it seems to get bigger and better. We spied this slick T roadster ready to take off. And no he didn’t do a burnout. Note he’s flying a Sidewinder club plate next to the quickie.

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After crashing the Speed Demon a couple of years back, George Poteet had a completely new ride built using its tried and true body design for Speedweek 2016. Kenny Duttweiler built up the 388” V8 and Steve Watt and crew built the chassis. The goal was the 381.867 mph Class B Blown Fuel Streamliner record set by Al Teague back in 2000.

On Saturday, the first day of the meet, George was strapped in the car for a shakedown run. He ran 315.813 mph in the quarter, 337.521 mph in the three mile and 382.448 mph in the four mile before clicking it and coasting through the five with the chute out at 201.754 mph.The team could have gone to impound but they wanted more out of the car. The next morning they got it with a qualifying run at 305.412 mph in the quarter, 325.647 in the three mile, 374.216 mph in the four and 403.923 mph in the five with an exit speed of 415.352 mph. On the return record run the next morning George cruised through the five at 429.099 mph for a new record at 416.511 mph to put 34.644 mph on the old record.

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His ’29 Ford Model A Roadster was captured at El Mirage on July 7, 1946 by Pete Henderson during an S.C.T.A. meet.

The car belonged to Road Runners member Ray Charbonneau and ran in the Roadster Class. Ray buzzed through the clocks at a speed of 118 mph against Randy Shinn’s record of 124.83 mph.

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Autocrat member Carol Axtell, on the right, is spied at the lakes in '47 with his Pepper Tree Special. The Class B Roadster was powered by a Merc and was fitted with Edelbrock heads and intake with a Harmon ignition.

At El Mirage on May 25 Carol ran 110.70 mph against Doug Hartelt in first at 126.05 mph. On July 6 at Harper he ran 108.69 against Hartelt's first at 125 mph. At the August 10 meet at Harper it was a blowout so no speeds are known. At the last meet that Carol ran that year on August 31 back at El Mirage he ran 114.64 mph. Hartelt was again first with a speed of 128.20 mph and upped the class record to 126.17 mph.

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The American Hot Rod Foundation is a Connecticut Charitable Corporation having 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. The Foundation was set up by Steve, Carol and John Memishian in 2002 with the broad purpose of preserving, promoting and celebrating the history of hot rodding.
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