Reconstruction of Speed Week's fastest motorcycle ever!
In 1970, Don Vesco drove the first motorcycle over 250 mph and set a world record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in his twin Yamaha motorcycle streamliner affectionately referred to as, "Big Red." In 1975 Don was back with his all new Yamaha, "Sliver Bird" streamliner and cinched the fastest motorcycle time ever at over 300 mph. Three years later Don returned once more to the Bonneville Salt Flats to set the World's Fastest Motorcycle record in his Kawasaki "Lightning Bolt." This record held for over a decade with a 333 mph time through the flying mile. Twenty-three years later Don jumped into "The Turbinator" a turbine powered car built by Rick Vesco and set the current World's Fastest Wheel Driven record @ 458 mph. Don is the only person to be on the legendary "Hot Rod Trophy" for both motorcycles and cars. (this trophy is awarded to the driver with the fastest time during Speed Week)
Don Vesco and the "Silver Bird"
Don and the "Lightning Bolt"
Don Vesco and "The Turbinator" 2001
These three beautiful streamliners are being restored and made ready for museum display. For information contact Team Vesco.
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Together under one roof: World's record setting, fastest motorcycled timed at Speed Week and current World's fastest car, Turbinator. And Turbinator II waiting to be the first car to break the 500 mph barrier.
Save the Salt Update!
PROJECT 500 MPH is a GO!
All major speed record events have been cancelled this year, due to poor salt conditions and weather. We are working diligently with the Utah Alliance and Save the Salt organizations to improve conditions on the salt flat racing courses and overall remediation efforts. We are hopeful that the "Glory Days" of Land Speed racing will return soon. It is more important that ever before that we work together to save the salt flats from extinction.
For 65 years the Team Vesco family has been laying down impressive speed records on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Team Vesco currently holds six National records and the International World Record of 458.481 mph, making Team Vesco's Turbinatorthe fastest wheel driven automobile. This year will be no exception as Team Vesco and Marine Turbine Technologies (MTT) will campaign TURBINATOR II.Driver Dave Spangler at the wheel will challenge the elusive 500 mph mark with the MTT Lycoming T55-L-712 shaft gas turbine engine in the sleek craft. Team Vesco will also run the historic #444 Little Giant, built in 1957 by Johnny Vesco on the flats vying for a record in excess of 300 mph with driver Bob Blakely and powered by a Keith Dorton 304 c.i. sbc. Look for Team Vesco at all major salt flat racing events this season!