Skip to comments.Danny Thompson breaks wheel-driven land speed record at 448.757 mph (Bonneville Speed Week)
Posted on 08/25/2018 4:52:56 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen
Danny Thompson, son of the late, great Mickey Thompson, fulfilled a lifelong dream when he shattered the piston-powered, wheel-driven land speed record at Bonneville with a blistering two-way average run of 448.757 mph Sunday.
We did it! Thompson wrote on the teams website. On Sunday morning, eight years of hard work culminated in a 450.909-mph return run. Averaged with yesterday's speed of 446.605 mph, we achieved a new two-way AA/FS record of 448.757 mph, enough to make us the world's fastest piston-powered car.
Like all things that happen at 450 mph, it didnt come easily.
It got a little squirrely, Thompson said. I was almost lock to lock at around 430 mph, which was quite an experience.
(Excerpt) Read more at autoweek.com ...
The demise of the IC piston engine is still aways off over the horizon. Much like Peak Oil....
Lock to Lock at 430 mph!!!
Good old American Know how and
A Fresh pair of BVDs!
Good Job Driver!
I had a 55 Ford which would do 110.
Airliners fly at 500 mph. Take off is just over 100 mph.
Jet airliners. Piston airliners have a speed of about 350 mph.
Wow, that it was done in a 50 year old car that his father, Mickey, drove....
although I gotta wonder how much of this run was done on original parts
Henry Ford Museum, what a collection....
Speed Demon is his car,,,
Speed records are up at Bonneville!
They may be soon making an acquisition...
Dad had a late 70s LTD with a 400 that could hit 100 or so.
The fuel gauge would drop as fast.
just an amateur.
hasn’t a chance at beating the communist Chinese women to that parking space at Costco
I was in the back seat of a car doing over 125 on rt 26 heading north out of Hendersonville NC, long ago and late one night.
Bet they had to do surgery to remove those.
There is a paved strip NW of Dodge City which is in the middle of nowhere. It goes from a dirt road to paved then back to dirt. I have never seen another vehicle on that two or three mile strip.
I once got my F-250 with a 460, up to 140. The speedometer only went to 85 but the tach was at 6000 and calculating the speed from that, it had to be going over 140.
I hit 120 in my Mom's 1962 Buick Le Sabre in 1969. Young and dumb back then.
Tony Capanna and my dad built that car for the Summers Brothers - 408 plus mph and that record stood for decades. Chrysler Hemi power (4) - of course
Going a 100 or a bit more didn’t bother that Lincoln Trimmed Down one bit.
(The builders and “Chrysler Hemi power (4)”)
There is, of course, no substitute for Cubic Inches.
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