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Geoff P DVKK
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« on: February 09, 2010, 05:58:09 am »

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/No-qUcE8WdM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/No-qUcE8WdM</a>

101mph!
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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2010, 06:04:31 am »

That was great! Thanks for posting. Where the hell did you find that.
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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2010, 06:14:23 am »

That was so cool -- thanks for sharing
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2010, 06:18:19 am »

That is a nice one ,thanks for sharing Geoff!

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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2010, 07:17:16 am »

He drove it there. Now that's Cool  Cool
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2010, 07:24:32 am »

Very cool video and thanks for posting it. Love the narration and music... sounds like many of the old surf movies from the late '50s and early '60s. Such great eras for cars.
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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2010, 07:31:50 am »

How about that blower drive chain & sprockets setup? He still had problems!!!
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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2010, 08:23:05 am »

"Uh, Dick how did you get the car up to Bonneville this year?"
"Oh, we drove it up."  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2010, 09:19:57 am »

And now you can buy the current world record holder!
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=919428

Very cool...
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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2010, 18:02:20 pm »

Man that is too cool! I respect the hell outta those guys, it takes some serious dedication to go that slow! Grin
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« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2010, 23:43:55 pm »

"Uh, Dick how did you get the car up to Bonneville this year?"
"Oh, we drove it up."  Grin

Yep my favourite quote too dude Grin

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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2010, 02:49:58 am »

O.K.Geoff, so landspeed records are something you haven't done yet with a VW! When can we expect to see your salt flat car? Wink
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« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2010, 03:24:32 am »

O.K.Geoff, so landspeed records are something you haven't done yet with a VW! When can we expect to see your salt flat car? Wink

funny you ask...... I've been thinking about something like that for a long time.   Think we may take the avanti there next year and maybe a vw after that Grin
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« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2010, 07:06:36 am »

thank you very fun to watch
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« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2010, 11:28:25 am »

One of my favorite cars!! Cool
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« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2010, 16:16:15 pm »

""""Dick Beith, a high school teacher from Concord, California. Last year Beith spent 55 cents preparing his '56 VW for the Nationals; this covered the cost of a used, second carburetor and of the tubing with which to attach it to the engine. He set the just-mentioned ETS record at 77.107. This year he went all out, investing in a 69.5 mm EMPI strokeI kit and camshaft and a Pepco Rootstype blower. He ported the cylinder heads generously and installed oversize Studebaker valves. To drive the blower he went to a bicycle shop and bought a few dimes' worth of chain and the smallest big sprocket and the largest small sprocket that he could find. This happened to give him a ratio of 2.2 to one which turned out to be just right even though it whirled the blower rotors at 12,000 rpm when the engine was turning 5000. Beith drove the VW to the Salt with the blower chain removed, just letting the rotors windmill in the air stream. Then he snapped the master link in place and clocked 93.97 mph on his first run. Further tuning during the week enabled him to set a new ETS record of 101.69 mph
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I just read where Dick Beith will be back on the salt this year in Sept participating in the 36 HP challenge.
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« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2011, 00:21:48 am »



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In 1960 Dick Beith drove his 1958 Vokswagen bug to the Bonneville Salt Flats to participate in the annual Bonneville Nationals Speedweek event. His 36hp engine was equipped with home made intake manifolds and dual carburetor system fitted to VW single port cylinder heads. The 1192cc engine placed him in the F/Touring Sports category of the era.

Dick went on to set a new two way average land speed record of 77.107 miles per hour across the salt flats with a fastest one way pass of 80.874 mph after which he then drove the bug back to California. This was the first ever world recognized speed record set by a Volkswagen powered vehicle and was the inspiration for the creation of the 36hp Challenge in 2005.

Using modern technology and the knowledge gained over the intervening five decades, this record was only recently surpassed by Bruce Cook of North Carolina. Today, the current record holder for this category of 36hp based Volkswagens is held by Justin McAllister of Blackline Racing with a speed of 103.056 miles per hour set at Bonneville during the USFRA's 2009 World of Speed event.

The 36hp Challenge continues..................
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« Reply #17 on: January 03, 2011, 02:49:46 am »

 Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool love it . thank you . . UD.. 
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« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2011, 06:09:36 am »

It's so cool, the guy is so unassuming.  The car sounds mean.  Love the chain drive!   Shocked
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« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2011, 11:32:28 am »

dick is my hero!the history about this man and his way of thinking+ doing is so interesting and also he is a really good guy. a pic of him holding a head in his hands for his current engine for the salt hang over my workbench.
the pepco and his record also inspired me to build my 1192cc 36 hp blower engine "little screamer"  for my daily driver.
this funny thing with the tiny stock valvesizes and stock manifold as 70hp @ 3900rpm  and 150nm @ 2000-3000rpm @ 14 psi.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/eUuDKGd1mVE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/eUuDKGd1mVE</a>

2011 will become a big jear when dick beith is racing his 36hp streamliner with a age of 75.

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« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2016, 23:46:37 pm »

This has popped up again on Bangshift  -  http://bangshift.com/general-news/videos/beyond-bitchin-video-from-bonneville-1961-a-teacher-chases-a-record-in-his-hot-rod-vw/
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