Team Vesco will return to Bonneville with #111 TURBINATOR II and #444 Little Giant for SCTA-BNI's Speed Week 2014. TURBINATOR IIpromises to set down some serious numbers running a T-55 L712F Lycoming turbine engine. The record in this class is Don Vesco's 1999 speed of 427.832 mph. This speed will put us in the hunt for the Hot Rod Magazine's Top Speed trophy. To this date, Team Vesco not only has the highest speed listed on the trophy (459 mph, 2001) but is the only name to appear on the trophy in both the automotive and motorcycle categories (333 mph, 1978). Dave Spangler will once again be our driver for TURBINATOR II. Go Dave!
Vesco's #444 Little Giant will also be going after some hefty records at Speed Week. First up will be our newest team member, Bob Blakely. He will be piloting a Keith DortonAutomotive Specialists built 304 ci sbc in the D/Fuel Streamliner class and running on Speedway Motors 323.364 mph record. Mid-week Team Vesco will swap engines and run a Al Sanderson built 434 ci sbc to chase the B/ Fuel Streamliner, (J. Fueling) record of 344.114 mph. Both attempts will use VP Racing gasoline while running in the Fuel class. Good luck Bob!
Rick and Dave Spangler strap Bob in.
Drivers Dave Spangler and Bob Blakely stop by the shop to be "fitted" for their driver's seats and to become familar with the new Liberty 7 speed transmission. Minor adjustments with safety equipment, pedals, and instrumentation were made so our drivers will be race ready.
Dave's new helmet fits perfectly.
THE POWER HOUSE! GO TEAM VESCO!
TEAM VESCO SPEED WEEK PIT
Take a Ride in TURBINATOR II
2014 Preparations Underway
Rick is artfully crafting the complicated Tri-Y header system for Blakely's Keith Dorton 'D' engine. Finish welding, detailing, EGT, 02 weld bungs and slip tube weld tabs will be installed next. The extrememly narrow #444 chasis promises a tight fit for all components!
Meanwhile..... Crew member, Mark Fleisher, stopped by to visit and ended up repairing the heliarc, just in time for the project.Crew member Glenn Barrett spruces up the trailer for TURBINATOR IIby installing new tail lights.
Since the showings at SEMA and the Grand National Roadster Show, TURBINATOR II has been making the rounds to So. Utah car shows. Airbrush artist, Wes Jacobsen proudly shows off his work and the "Best Car in the Show" plaque.
St. George Car Show
Crew member Glen Barrett with TURBINATOR II at the Easter Hurricane Car Show
TURBINATOR II goes to SEMA and The Grand National Roadster Show
TURBINATOR II was a big hit at SEMA show, (Speciality Equipment Market Association) in Las Vegas and has also received coverage with some great pictures in the January issue of "Hot Rod Magazine." Team Vesco was honored in January to display both TURBINATOR II and Little Giant at the Grand National Roadster Show in the prestigious "Century of Speed" exhibit.