Thursday, August 06, 2009
Speed Week at Bonneville Salt Flats
The Bonneville Salt Flats - A whole lot of flatness!
I'm guest blogging on Makezine.com this month. I'm excited for the opportunity because it gives me a chance to provide some additional information about some of the stories I've done for Make Magazine previously.
In this month's Make Magazine (Issue 19) I've got a piece on Speed Week, the gathering of speed enthusiasts that meets in Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover Utah to celebrate all things that go fast on the ground.
The Make Magazine piece focuses on Belly Tank Racers, which are fast cars made from the aluminum fuel tanks of military airplanes (they are highly aerodynamic so they are perfect for car bodies.) The men who make them, make them from scratch, and take them to speeds exceeding 200 mph. Now that's some fine work.
Here are some additional pictures of those way cool belly tankers.
This is Gary Calvert's belly tank racer.
Belly Racer's Engine
Here's the interior
Here's me inside it.
Belly Tankers are "open wheel" machines meaning there is no fairing or cowling covering the tires.
Working on Steve DiMartino's Jesse's Girl just before racing
Ready to race. The belly tanker gets a push start and then streaks across the desert.