Bonneville Salt Flats Rods, Racing & People

Odd Balls

In this post, I wanna show off some odd ball cars.  Bonneville seems to have a decent amount of crazy.  The standard racer you will see at Bonneville is the Ford Model T, A and B roadsters, 1927 through 1934.  Lakesters (open wheeled racers) and Streamliners (covered wheel racers) are what you’ll see littering the salt as well.

One of the fastest most odd balls our there is this 1959 Berkeley convertible  called “Bonner’s Bad Berkeley”, which has been totally modified in the front per the Modified Sports (MS) rules.  This car has gone 310 MPH “out the back door” and will be bringin’ the boosted heat again at Speedweek 2011.

This C engine Gas Altered (C/GALT) coupe is Japanese in lineage.  That’s right, this is a Datsun.  Not the popular Datsun 510 or 240Z, but a 210 (I’m pretty sure).  This thing has gotta be a handful… it’s so narrow and short with the powerful V8 up front. 

Ok, I’m not sure what this bright yellow custom rod is.  It’s got lots of body mods and a totally custom, modern interior.  Anyone know what we’re looking at here?  A Nash?  A Henry J?  Who knows!

Ok, so a VW Bug is not an odd ball as far as the fact that they were in production with the same basic model for like 50 years throughout the world, but it is an odd ball for being a land speed racing chassis.  I mean, Come On!?  The VW Bug has like speed brake aerodynamics, its anti-aero.  haha  It runs in the Fuel Altered class with an F motor where the class record is held by a Honda CRX at 187 MPH.  I remember chatting with the Stahl Racing guys and I think they said the Bug has run in the high 160’s. 

I’m not sure what this is either.  It’s a Suzuki bullet bike motor powered Comp Coupe, that’s a mouth full.  I’ll have to check out the website on the roof,, maybe there’s more info.

Pontiac Fiero’s are funky cars, mid engine Pontiac sports cars, sort of Poor Man Porsches in a way.  So, how do you make a funky car, funkier?  Stretch out the nose, sit where the stock engine use to be mounted, and throw a big V8 up front and get ready to go fast.

I’ll finish tonights quirky quick cars with this chop top, long nose, almost-funny car lookin’ 1st Gen Mazda RX7 called “Sundance”.  Look at the hood scoop!  It is in line with the roof and has a nice ramp for the incoming air to ride up into the scoop.


7 responses

  1. Chris,
    That C/GALT “Datsun” looks a lot like a Mk 1 Ford Capri to me… we saw it sitting on the same trailer about the same time you did… and wondered then whether the US ever got that model Capri…

    June 28, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    • John Nickerson

      The “Datsun” is, indeed, a Capri. I owned a brand new one in 1971. Fun little car.

      April 15, 2014 at 3:21 pm

  2. Hey Phil L! Thanks for the comment. You know, I see what you’re saying about the Capri. Hmm… I thought it was a Datsun because of that rear fastback rear quarter window shape/design. Now I’m not sure. 🙂
    Are you comin’ out to the states for Speedweek 2011?

    June 28, 2011 at 10:26 pm

  3. We’re not going to make it this year…. We have a new member in the family…. (My fiance was pregnant at Speedweek 2010 and gave birth to our daughter Mikah in November…

    We would love to get back in 2012 as one of our mates should be racing (for a racer he met and crewed for in 2010), but even that will be a stretch… So, it may be a few years, but we’ll definitely be back again 🙂

    June 28, 2011 at 11:37 pm

  4. Oh, also, that 4991 car, is a Reliant Robin, built by Andy Saunders of the UK…. Don’t know much about it, but if you google ‘Andy Saunders Reliant Robin’, you’ll find a bit of info and a few more pics 🙂

    June 29, 2011 at 12:06 am

  5. Innes

    It’s definitely a Ford Capri
    Closest the thing to a muscle car that ford sold in Europe…and its not very close.
    Still, bit of a cult following over here.

    August 13, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    • Innes

      Reliant Robins (I think this is actually a Rialto though much the same) are fibreglass 3 wheelers aimed at the disabled though you could get van versions too. Very cheap to run and insure an very slow, considered a bit of a joke car but Andy Saunders is a well known automotive lunatic who build a fast one just because no one else in their right mind would.

      August 13, 2011 at 4:44 pm

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