Team Vesco will return to Bonneville with #111 TURBINATOR II and #444 Little Giant for SCTA-BNI's Speed Week 2014. TURBINATOR IIpromises to set down some serious numbers running a T-55 L712F Lycoming turbine engine. The record in this class is Don Vesco's 1999 speed of 427.832 mph. This speed will put us in the hunt for the Hot Rod Magazine's Top Speed trophy. To this date, Team Vesco not only has the highest speed listed on the trophy (459 mph, 2001) but is the only name to appear on the trophy in both the automotive and motorcycle categories (333 mph, 1978). Dave Spangler will once again be our driver for TURBINATOR II. Go Dave!
Vesco's #444 Little Giant will also be going after some hefty records at Speed Week. First up will be our newest team member, Bob Blakely. He will be piloting a 304 ci sbc in the D/Fuel Streamliner class and running on Speedway Motors 323.364 mph record. Mid-week Team Vesco will swap engines and run a 434 ci sbc to chase the B/ Fuel Streamliner, (J. Fueling) record of 344.114 mph. Both attempts will use VP Racing gasoline while running in the Fuel class. Good luck Bob!
Take a Ride in TURBINATOR II
TURBINATOR II goes to SEMA and The Grand National Roadster Show
TURBINATOR II was a big hit at SEMA show, (Speciality Equipment Market Association) in Las Vegas and has also received coverage with some great pictures in the January issue of "Hot Rod Magazine." Team Vesco was honored in January to display both TURBINATOR II and Little Giant at the Grand National Roadster Show in the prestigious "Century of Speed" exhibit.
TURBINATOR II's two test runs during Speed Week 2013 provided a wealth of information through the new RacePak data system and the expertise of Ron Armstrong.The front and rear onboard cameras also produced video clips that will guide Team Vesco in perfecting systems in the car. We were pleased with the operation of the new brakes, new electronics, turbine horsepower and body design. Rick Vesco and the MTT turbine experts will work on the fuel delivery next. Team Vesco is very pleased with TURBINATOR II's performance and abilities. We will soon return to the salt. Project 500 mph is a GO!