Please excuse this shameless self-promotional moment, but I’ve recently joined the ranks of Bonneville racing legends Al Teague, Art Arfons, Craig Breedlove and Mickey Thompson. We have each set multiple records flying across the salt, we have each tempted the gods of speed with death defying passes (well, maybe not so much for one of us), and we have each experienced the same salty sweetness that is difficult to describe (more on that in a moment).
The 63rd Annual Bonneville SpeedWeek began for Team BoneEvil as it has for the last four years. Following a couple of tuneup runs, my D.B. HBR-5 and I popped off a blistering qualifying run of 98.075 mph on Sunday, August 14. Unfortunately, our record run on Monday morning was into a 14 mph headwind on rain-soaked salt that squashed the spirit of my petite two-banger. With a clocked speed of 95.679 mph, our two-way average barely squeaked out a new under-750-cc production sports car record at 96.877 mph (our prior record being 96.683).