TEAM VESCO delivers Fastest Land Speed Record at the 24th Annual World of Speed!
Eric Ritter, Rick Vesco, Dave Spangler
After several test runs by drivers Dave Spangler and Eric Ritter, Dave was able to blast down the World of Speed course at an amazing top speed of 343 mph with his 406 c.i. powerhouse Chevy in the sleek-as-ever #444 Little Giant for a two way average of 337.197 mph setting a new land speed record. The previous 331 mph record held by Skip Hedrich fell by over 6 miles per hour! Team Vesco was plagued with fuel pressure and visibility issues during Speed Week, but managed to work the bugs out and all the new systems performed perfectly and in sync. Team Vesco looks forward to participating in World Finals meet October 5 - 9.
Jamie Wagner, Edelbrock Data 2 support team, worked with Team Vesco's Rick Kunze on computer data which led to successfully tuning #444 for the record setting runs.
Rick "Ricco" Kunze sorts the critical parts.
June Ritter holds umbrella for co-driver, Eric, as he prepares to make a shake down & licensing run.
Dave & Rick secure Eric's belts. Eric's successful run confirmed all systems were working perfectly. Good job Eric!
Driver Dave trims foam to cushion his helmet.
Cliff Scott assembles Dave's cool suit equipment.
Just a little reminder for Super Dave.
Rick from ERC fuels tops off #444 with gasoline.
Rhonnie, Holly and Rick look on as the gas tank is sealed.
Cliff Scott and Eric Ritter discuss Dave's upcoming run.
Also on the starting line, long time associate and friend. Sean Cridland - fastest car top skiing record holder - 1985.
Bill Lee checks on the driver's cooling system designed by Cliff Scott.
Allan Neff with #444 on starting line.
Driver Dave Spangler is ready to go.
Monty and Eric do a final seat belt check.
Karen Spangler and Rhonnie Vesco claim their places in the push truck.
"Little Giant #444" is on course!
Rhonnie Vesco helps Dave with helmet at the end of the record setting run.
Karen congratulates Dave.
Rick Vesco and daughter, Rhonnie, are pleased with Team Vesco's new record.
Since 1958 #444 had been setting records on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
See you at the World Finals!
Thank you to our Friends & Fans
Thank you USFRA for your dedication to Salt Flat racing.
We thank the USFRA for having a sense of humor and making racing fun.
Team Vesco supports Save The Salt.
We thank the spectators who stop by to chat with us.
Thanks to the USFRA photographer, Chris, for your enthusiasm.
Thanks to SuperCar Jay for your encouragement.
Thank you Ellen for keeping us clothed!
Team Vesco salutes Tanis & Seth Hammond for showing us what excellence looks like!
Rick Vesco and Dave Spangler thank Odyssey batteries for providing the electrical power necessary to compete.
And finally, Team Vesco wishes to thank our dedicated crew members who come so far and work so hard to support Team Vesco. Welcome aboard Jed!