Sunday, September 19, 2010

Dick Beith 50th anniversary

1960: Dick & his record setting VW at the entrance to the famed Bonneville Salt Flats (image from the Dick Beith archive)

In 1960 Dick Beith became the first man to set a land speed record in a VW. In 1961 he went back to Bonneville and broke the 100MPH mark with his modified dual carb VW motor. Now 50 year after his first record setting run Dick has returned to the flats to see if he can double his 100+ time!!!

Oh we forgot to mention his 1963 Pepco super charged 36hp lakester that was able to pull 130MPH!!!

This time he has modified a 68 Beetle into a bit more of a streamliner powered by a 1450 36hp monster with fuel injection, Eaton Supercharger and fuel injection. Hell we here at the OSS get excited about dual carbureated 36hp motors so this is like a wet dream.

We will update the OSS with times when we get the heads up on yesterdays runs.

And yes we have posted this before but it is always a good watch.

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