Land speed records generally bring to mind the streamliners as the scream across the Bonneville Salt Flats at speeds of over 750 miles per hour, but there’s actually more to setting land speed records than just the streamliners. There are different racing categories as well as classes for the cars, the motorcycles and even the go karts and bar stools (of all things). So you see, the pursuit of land speed records remains that of besting the current record that has been set for the classification that your vehicle is running in (or is in your plans to run in). Go get a copy of the current rules and then start building the racer that you intend to pilot past the existing land speed record for the class you have chosen, no matter the number of wheels you are running. Setting land speed records has become a science of sorts over the years as engineering has progressed through the use of CAD/CAM software and CNC machines which allow precisions that were nearly impossible to the early land speed racers.
Land speed records aren’t just for the guys with the big bucks as proven with the success of Burt Munro and his Indian powered land speed racer. They also aren’t just for the guys who are intent on breaking the sound barrier on land either as evidenced by the various car classifications currently running at the Bonneville Salt Flats. It’s a proven fact that you can have just as much fun setting a personal land speed record at 150 miles per hour as the guy running 4 times this speed. So don’t let the competition intimidate you, go out and get yourself into a race car, or motorcycle, and drive on out to the Bonneville Salt Flats and make at run at the land speed record for your class.
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