The Selvedge Yard blog celebrates AB JENKINS, MORMON METEORS & BONNEVILLE racing. By the late-1920s and early-1930s, the formerly elusive 100-mph mark was old news. Magnificent short-wheelbase ‘32 Duesenburg SJ Speedsters with supercharged 320-horsepower, DOHC engines could top 120 mph. Factory racer and devout Mormon Ab Jenkins set a number of records at the Bonneville Salt Flats, averaging over 150 mph in a streamlined and supercharged Model J Dusey. In 1935 Jenkins returned to t...Read More
Bonneville Salt Flats
BONNEVILLE: A RACER IN NEED!
Rob Freyvogel was seriously injured in a 400-mph crash on the Salt Flats in an attempt to set a new Piston Powered Land Speed record. Anyone who has ever participated as a competitor or even a spectator at Speed Week at Bonneville is aware that land speed record racers, regardless of class, are the most generous, sharing and friendly in the hobby. Bonneville is a place where there are no strangers; even competitors are treated as friends. I’ve been there multiple times as a journalist and...Read More
BONNEVILLE: SAVE THE SALT!
It’s not fun & games when Utah residents rip up Bonneville’s fragile salt crust, negatively impacting one of our national treasures. Thankfully, Save The Salt is on the case. Last week a photo surfaced of two Utah residents, Cameron Ramage and Skyler Pittman, who took credit for driving recklessly on the Bonneville Salt Flats in a highly modified Ford Crown Victoria. They had made multiple hard-circling maneuvers, breaking through the thin salt crust and plowing ruts into its surface. The ph...Read More
’19 VW JETTA: BONNEVILLE SALT SHAKER!
Powered by a modified and turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI Four, VW’s Bonneville Salt Shaker has its sights on the SCTA BGC/G record. Volkswagen of America, Inc., announced today that it has prepared a specially tuned ‘19 Jetta to attempt to contest the SCTA (Southern California Timing Association) BGC/G class record at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Record attempts will be run over August 11-17, 2018. The Bonneville Jetta will be powered by a modified version of VW’s EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged and dir...Read More
’66 PLYMOUTH STREET HEMI: BONNEVILLE TO SUBURBIA!
After setting the B/Production Flying Mile record of 156.35 mph at the Salt Flats, I daily-drove and drag raced the 426 Street Hemi in around New York City. Bob Summers’, left, pre-production ’66 Plymouth 426 Street Hemi registered a top speed of 160.82 mph and set a USAC-FIA two-way Flying Mile record of 156.35 mph. It also set the two-way Flying Kilometer record of 155.30 mph. The B/Production records had been “owned” for years by factory Pontiacs prepared and driven by Mickey Thompson. I had...Read More
THE GMC BLOWER & MY PAL BRUCE!
Veteran racer and supercharging and fuel injection guru, Gale Banks, blogs about the good old days and the great new days. I’d rather be Blown Than Injected, so reads Bruce Geisler’s t-shirt. It’s the early 1960s, we’re in the pits at Bonneville wrenching our Studebakers. It’s over 100 degrees at an altitude of 4,219 feet, no wonder my Moon air density meter is only reading 81%. Despite the low ambient air density, my Hilborn-injected, Isky-cammed, Small Block Chevy has pushed my ’53 Stude to...Read More
SCTA BONNEVILLE NATIONAL SPEED TRIALS 1949-1968: REQUIRED READING!
If you love the history of land speed racing during the golden era of hot rodding and performance, this set of books is a must-have. When it comes to chronicling the heritage of land speed racing at the Bonneville Salt Flats and helping to preserve the venue, few people are as passionate as author, photographer and publisher, David Fetherston. His latest effort is SCTA Bonneville National Speed Trials 1949-1968, a two-volume set. If you’re a Bonneville history buff, this two-book set, SCTA...Read More
BONNEVILLE, A CENTURY OF SPEED: SAVE THE SALT!
The Bonneville Salt Flats is a magical place and a national treasure; David Fetherston’s latest tome chronicles 100 years of racing there. While the first known attempts at land speed record setting were on just a little-over-a-mile road outside of Paris in 1898, Land Speed Racing is as American as hot dogs, hot rodding and Motown! In 1898 Count Gaston set the first land speed record at 39.34 mph in a 36-horsepower Jeantaud electric racecar built in Belgium. Over the next couple of y...Read More
BOSS 429 GPT-SPECIAL TORINO: POTEET POWER!
Bonneville racer George Poteet nails Street Machine of the Year honors. Under brilliant sunshine and in front of record crowds, Tennessee’s George Poteet collected the Goodguys 2013 Optima Batteries Street Machine of the Year award for his vintage NASCAR-inspired ’69 Ford Torino at the Goodguys 16th PPG Nationals in Columbus, OH. Poteet’s Torino captures the essence of hot rodding’s current trend of blending retro styling cues from bygone eras with modern technology and masterful bui...Read More
LAND SPEED RECORD BREAKERS: BLUEBIRDS AT BEAULIEU!
Sir Malcolm Campbell’s world-famous Bluebird V joins the two other Bluebird record breakers at UK’s National Motor Museum. Sir Malcolm Campbell set a land speed record of 276.82 mph in the Bluebird V at Daytona Beach, FL, in February 1935. He then went on to become the first person to exceed 300 mph when he set a record of 301.129 mph in it at Bonneville in September. This is only the second time in the vehicle’s history that Bluebird V has crossed the Atlantic from its home at the Dayt...Read More