Kreg Fugate, Eric Ritter, Cliff Scott, Driver Dave Spangler, Bill Lee, and Rick Vesco. (Mike Yurosko not pictured)
It takes a dedicated team, a fast car AND a great driver!
Team Vesco arrived mid-day on Sunday and promptly passed the inspection by Speed Week officials. "Little Giant 444" was ready to run with the Duttweiler 370" Chevy V-8 on gasoline. Veteran driver and 300 mph Club member, Dave Spangler, was eager to pilot 444 in the attempt to break the existing record held by Hedirch Motorsports at 323.126 mph.
Rick Vesco and the Turbinator
The World's Fastest Wheel-driven vehicle @ 470 mph, Team Vesco's Turbinatorreturned to the salt for show & tell. Team Vesco is working on plans to fulfill the late Don Vesco's dream of turning 500 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats with the Turbinator. Friends and fans came by to wish us well and admire this legendary car.
Setting up the pits
Team member Rikki Scott
Supporter and friend Jim Burkdoll lends a hand
The work begins
Driver Dave visits with daughter Tracy and wife Karen
The "Pit Chicks" support the team: Rikki, Tracy, Jinx, June, Lynn, Jean & Karen
Day 1 run
Ready to run
An alright run for off the trailer but fell short of qualifying.
After run discussion with the team
A big "Thank you" to Hot Wheels
Our "Monster" friends
The McClures next door make lunch
Getting some shade
Eric & Rick secure Dave's belts
After making several modifications and adjustments throughout the week, Team Vesco was optimistic and ready to make a qualifying run on Saturday. "Little Giant" did not disappoint. The 323.7 mph run qualified Team Vesco to make a record run on Sunday.
Rick washes salt off the wheels
Early morning, last day
New Record @ 323.460 mph!
Team Vesco breaks the record with a 323.191 run.
Team Vesco was able to achieve their goal this meet. However, we believe a greater speed is attainable with "Little Giant." Next month at World of Speed Team Vesco will change gearing, run fuel and license new drivers. Stay tuned...
A heartfelt thanks to our crew & friends
Cliff Scott & Bill Lee
Team Vesco thanks Mike & Jean for keeping us fed, swept-up and informed!
Driver Dave Spangler
Crew Chief Rick Vesco
Team Vesco thanks SCTA/BNI for a terrific Speed Week!