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Some folks know how to play the rules and Richard Smith is one of those.

At the May 2016 El Mirage meet he brought his new build, a first gen Plymouth Barracuda, and entered it as a guest so he could do a few shakedown runs in preparation for an assault at Bonneville in August. He ran the car as “time only” so he didn’t have to join an S.C.T.A. club. The team had a successful run of 146.743 mph.

When he shows at the salt the car will be entered as a Class AA Blown Gas Competition Coupe and will be chasing the Hot Rod Magazine Special record of 246.301 mph set by David Freiburger in Keith and Tanya Turk’s Camaro back in 2007. Have fun Richard.

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This 1953 Studebaker is owned by Paul Gilliam from Birmingham, Alabama and was snapped at Speedweek 2016. It was put together by rod builder Alan Johnson and driven by Don Enriquez. Under the swoopy hood was a 362” Chevrolet.

The car had nothing but trouble during its eleven runs during the week with four turn outs before the first clock and no complete runs through the traps. The car’s best speed was 195.585 mph at the three mile on Tuesday. That’s starter Ron Jolliffe on the left. Behind him is “Sparky” Smith’s Miss Liberty Lakester.

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Greg Martinez’s Class V4F Blown Gas Lakester is seen at last week's Speedweek.

Greg calls his ride Disturbing Da Peace because the noisy power plant is a vintage Ford banger vintage 1932. Greg was after the 157.098 mph record he set back in 2010 with the same car. On Monday he qualified with a speed of 163.336 mph and on Tuesday morning he ran 164.286 mph to set a new record at 163,811 mph.

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The cool thing about Land Speed Racing is that you’ll find a million and one solutions to a problem.

Mark Summitt on his bike number 4736 came up with this novel solution to starting his 350cc AA-PF, a moped hooked to the front bumper. Called Woody’s Aermacchi, Mike let it all hang out and blasted through the lights at a speed of 119.203 mph upping his September ’15 record of 118.055 mph.

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This slammed ’34 Ford is seen at Bonneville in 1954 during Speedweek. It is the entry of Kirkland-Berndt-Miller and ran in Class C competition Coupe and Sedan.

Under the hood was a DeSoto and it powered the car to a speed of 156.79 mph for a third in class behind the Chrisman and So-Cal Fox and Xydias rides. Bob Falzbot took the shot.

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We just ran across this old print from Doug Boyd. In it we see Duke Dinsmore at the Del Mar racetrack on November 6, 1949 in the Brown Motor Company Champ Car.

We did a little digging and found that the car was Offy powered KK2000 and was also sponsored by Wynn’s Friction Proofing Duke went on to wreck the car in a qualifying attempt. What makes the shot even more interesting is that the gent behind him with folded arms is a young Stu Hilborn. See DBC_1273 for another shot of the car at the race.

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The Jim Chapkis-David Foster chopped Deuce three-window ran as car number 35 and is seen at Bonneville during Speedweek 1954.

The ride, maintained by Sparks & Bonney Automotive out of Hollywood. California, ran in two classes that year, B and C Coupe and Sedan. It was powered by a Mercury flathead fitted with Edelbrock heads and intake manifold and a Harman & Collins cam and magneto. The same engine was used in both classes, the one in C being fitted with an Italmeccanica roots type supercharger.

In Class B it ran 131.57 mph for a second in class. In C it ran 146.10 mph for a fourth. That's Bob Falzbot posing next to the car. As for the weird top, the car had a 4" beauty chop that was legal at the drag strip but would of put them in the Competition Coupe Class with faster group of cars. The solution was a little late night raid to a wrecking yard in either Wells or Eli with a cutting torch. They found a Chevy Coupe and before you know it they had a doner. Some cardboard and masking tape resulted in a class legal height.

On the right is the nose of Charles P. Hughes Jr.s Class D Roadster. It also ran as a member of the Sparks & Bonney team and ran a huge 314" Merc flattie. Chuck ran 151.00 mph for a third in class.

Check out the November '54 issue of Rod & Custom Magazine to see both cars on the cover and inside. Bob Falzbot took this photo on the salt.

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This chopped top 1942 Chevrolet Aero Fleetline was driven by Jeremy Cope at last week's Speedweek.

The car ran under the name One Six Pack to Go for it’s inline six power plant.In the early part of the week it ran in Class XXO Vintage Gas Comp Coupe and set a record for the class at 171.911 mph. The team switched classes to XXO Vintage Fuel Coupe and qualified for a record on Tuesday.

This Wednesday morning shot shows the car being prepped in Impound around 6:30 AM. Jeremie went on to up the Fuel record to 185.844 mph an hour or so later.

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We spent last week at the Great White Dyno in Utah that one normally calls Bonneville Speedweek!

Here is a compilation of just a few of the shots we snapped for you. In the middle we see Danny Thompson’s ride after qualifying at a speed of 411.191 mph. He went on to bump Charlie Nearburg’s ’09 record of 392.503 mph to a quick 406.769 mph.

Stay tuned this week...Jim's got several more photos we can't wait to share with you!

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Advertisement from the Hot Rod Mart in the August 1957 issue of Hot Rod Magazine.

We see that Robert Kirkland Has his Bonneville Competition Coupe and Sedan up for sale. In ’54 the car ran 156.79 mph for a third in Class C. See TSC_189 for a shot of the car on the salt that year.

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A young Roger Ward gets a little frisky with the trophy girl after winning a URA event in this V8-60 powered Kurtis. It’s possibly Paul Temple’s car up Bakersfield way. Ward would go on to win the indy 500 in ’59 and ’63, finish second twice and and finish 3rd and 4th all in six years.

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Here’s another mystery car from back around 1986. The shot looks like it was taken at L.A. County Raceway possibly during the Antique Nationals. We like the timeless look of this beauty. Anybody have a clue who the owner was?

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