Gale Banks is no stranger to speeding across the dust of El Mirage and the Bonneville Salt Flats. He’s been pushing the limits on land speed cars since the late 1950s, campaigning at least 13 land speed cars and trucks and racking up dozens of records in the process. In this special episode of the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast, Banks shares time and stories with Kevin Oeste about how land speed racing, and turbocharging, have changed his life.
Wayne and Dan Jesel not only run one of the most successful and innovative valve train and engine parts businesses, but they also put their parts to the test on the salt at Bonneville. On this episode of the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast, Kevin Oeste chats with Wayne Jesel about running the new Jesel-designed Equal 8 engine in their Ram pickup at the 2022 SCTA Speed Week event. Perhaps equally as impressive is the generosity of the Jesel team, who routinely welcome other land speed enthusiasts to drive, get licensed, and even set records in the Jesel pickup. To date, 10 people have gotten their 200 MPH club red hats behind the wheel of the bright yellow truck! Wayne also recalls the history of Jesel in racing, some insight on engine tech, and tips on how to get involved with land speed racing.
Scott Clark has been tuning electronic fuel injection vehicles since the tools were first made available to enthusiasts. Today, he applies his experience, understanding, and tuning knowledge to some of the fastest cars in the world. He’s currently working with Team Vesco and the Turbinator, the turbine powered streamliner, one of several streamliners going after the 500 mph wheel-driven record at Bonneville this year! Scott joined Kevin Oeste to talk about that program as well as other facets of engine tuning and performance on this episode of the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast!
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Land speed racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats is a unique sport with its own set of challenges. On this episode of the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast, Kevin Oeste chats with Steve Watt of Maxwell Industries about what it’s like to build and campaign record holding race cars. Watt and Maxwell Industries are the fabrication and engineering team behind George Poteet’s Speed Demon streamliner, also known as the world’s fastest piston engine driven vehicle! Watt credits his rich history in racing and strong relationships with top racers, fabricators, engine builders, technicians, and a great car owner to the success of the program. Learn his history, the latest Maxwell projects, and the Speed Demon goals and challenges for the 2022 SCTA Bonneville racing season at Speed Week on this episode of the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast!