The Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast covers all things Land Speed Racing on every level, from vintage small displacement motorcycles to cutting edge streamliners and everything in between. Guests include racers, engine builders, car builders, SCTA officials, and others who make the Bonneville Land Speed Racing scene so compelling – for more than 80 years! Bonneville Up To Speed is produced with the blessing of the Southern California Timing Association, and is available on all major podcast platforms. Subscribe if you’re into Land Speed Racing, and be sure to visit https://www.scta-bni.org for all the latest news and the calendar of SCTA racing events at ElMirage and the Bonneville Salt Flats. More at https://www.bonnevillepodcast.com .
Tony Thacker is our guest on this episode of the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast, in an interview recorded on a windy night in Wendover, Utah at the 2023 SCTA Bonneville Speed Week. Tony is living his hot rod dream, from driving hot rods flat-out to covering events and races all over the world for TorqTalk, Hot Rod Magazine, and others. He’s been a friend to us and the sport for decades, and it was fun to catch up with him and chat for a few in the Nugget Casino parking lot car show.
New Zealander Burt Munro is a very famous motorcycle land speed racer, and was the subject of a film called the World’s Fastest Indian. We recently had the pleasure of meeting Burt’s granddaughter Robyn Munro at the 2023 SCTA Speed Week at the Bonneville salt flats. It was Robyn’s first time to the salt, and you could tell how much the experience moved her. Her next stop was to accept the Sturgis Hall of Fame induction for her legendary late grandfather Burt. Recorded in the tech inspection lanes at the Wendover Airport.
Back in 1963, Craig Breedlove famously set the world land speed record in the Spirit Of America, returning the title to the United States from Englishman John Cobb. And although Breedlove went on to set more records and go much faster than the 428.37 speed he achieved that day, we thought it would be fun to tell the story straight from a first hand account written in the pages of a 1963 Sports Illustrated Magazine. This is a great story, with quotes from Breedlove, and a historic vantage point from a very exciting time in land speed racing history. We hope you dig it! Hosted by Kevin Oeste.
Not many people can say they’ve set the record for piston-powered, wheel-driven streamliners, but not many people are Danny Thompson! Coming from a rich racing heritage started by his famous father Mickey Thompson, Danny had the remarkable opportunity to race in a variety of forms and bring his dad’s vision to life… while setting records of his own. Kevin Oeste chats with Danny about these and many more stories on this episode of the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we do!
On this episode of the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast, Kevin Oeste chats with Wayne Jesel in the RacingJunk.com booth at the 2022 PRI Show! They talk about the 2023 Jesel land speed racing program, including running the Jesel-designed Equal 8 engine in their Ram pickup at the 2023 SCTA Speed Week event!
Aaron Brown and the Garage Shop team are constantly building and racing cool cars, and we spent a few minutes with Aaron at the 2022 PRI Show on the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast to hear about their plans for 2023 and the latest from the shop. It’s always great to chat with Aaron and see the cars! Recorded in the RacingJunk.com PRI booth.
Jason Line lives a high-performance life, having experience as an NHRA Pro Stock racer, engine builder, and Bonneville racer. Today, he’s working on the Jesel Equal 8 engine for the 2023 Bonneville Speed Week to be driven by his son in the Jesel Ram pickup. We caught up with Jason about land speed racing, where he also revealed information about casting his forthcoming brand-new line of premium engine blocks for big block Chevy and Hemi applications. Recorded at the 2022 PRI Show in Indianapolis, IN.
We spent some time chatting with Chris Raschke at the ARP display at the 2022 PRI Show in Indianapolis learning about what it’s like working in an awesome engine shop like Duttweiler Performance, being part of the Speed Demon Streamliner team, earning a red hat on the salt, and eventually driving the Speed Demon!
The 2022 S.C.T.A. Bonneville Speed Week was unfortunately washed out from some big rains, but that didn’t mean land speed racers and enthusiasts didn’t get a chance to hang out. We met Grant Potter and Dave Kelley, two gentlemen who came all the way from New Zealand for the event, and got their perspective on the sport, hot rodding, and the great people who make it all happen. Recorded in the parking lot of the Copper Kettle restaurant in Wendover, Utah, shortly after 2022 Speed Week was cancelled.
On this episode of the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast, automotive super-enthusiast Zach Straits shares how a building material salesman ends up behind the wheel of one of the most recognizable land speed racers at Bonneville, hammer down and pushing for 200 MPH. Zach was fortunate enough for the opportunity to be a crew member on the Team Jesel Land Speed Racing effort, but also to eventually drive the bright yellow truck at the 2021 World Finals for his very first land speed racing experience. Hear how it all happened , plus some great insights on important things to know about safety and how to maximize your Bonneville experience.