Team Vesco's Project First to 500 MPH and the Turbinator II streamliner will be featured on the History's very popular program, "Counting Cars", now in it's 6th season. Filming will begin at the Team Vesco shop in February, the air date is yet to be determined. The Turbinator II body was badly damaged in a mishap at 400 MPH during the Utah Sal Flats Racing Association September 2016 World of Speed event. Danny "The Count" Koker and crew will apply one of their legendary paint jobs to the new Turbinator body. Danny, Ryan the lead painter, and the rest of the crew at Count's Kustoms are excited and plan to include some actual Bonneville action at an early Test and Tune event or at the 69th annual Speed Week during 2017. This is invaluable exposer for Team Vesco, it's sponsors and Bonneville land speed racing in general.
Rick Vesco with lead painter and aritist, Ryan at the Count's Kustom's shop in Las Vegas
Bonneville timer, Glen Barrett enjoys the Count's shop.
"The Patriot" one of Ryan's masterpieces was done for the Wounded Warrior Project.
New carbon fiber body panels from AirTech have been formed and fitted onto the frame.
Rick Vesco with new front body panels
New carbon fiber body panels fit nicely.
Rick Vesco took a trip to Denver to consult with Mark Williams of Mark Williams Enterprises. Mark and his technicians look over Turbinator II' s broken drive line. Part of the fix will be the installation of a special set of high RPM (8500) CV joints.
Mark Williams and technicians discuss possibilities with Rick Vesco and Greg Peek.
Mark Williams Enterprises beautiful facility is in Louisville, CO.
TURBINATOR II - TOP TIME OF THE MEET!
Turbinator II was blitzing down the World of Speed course when at the 400 mph mark a drive shaft broke causing the tire to blow out and body panels to fly off. Driver Dave Spangler drove the car off the course bringing it to a safe stop. Team Vesco will install a new drive train and body panels and be back for all major events in 2017. This is the highest speed TURBINATOR II has achieved with its all new turbine power technology. Take a wild ride with driver, Dave!
TEAM VESCO CELEBRATES 15 YEAR WORLD RECORD 458.481 MPH!
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ATS and AZTT crew: James Gabl, Jeremy Nicolaides, Ken Braccio, David Crowe, Elden Crom
Team Vesco thanks our sponsors for their products and ATS and AZTT for incredible turbine power!