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.
Aaron Brown has enjoyed a great career working as a builder for some of the best names in NASCAR, but once he contracted Salt Fever, he was compelled to bring his experiences to the salt. From the Bobby Isaac Dodge Daytona to custom roadsters and more, Aaron Brown and the Garage Shop have a LOT going on.. and have fun doing it! Tune in to hear it all right from Aaron on this episode of the Bonneville Up to Speed Podcast!
Dan Parker is not the kind of guy who sits around waiting for cool stuff to happen to him. A lifelong racer and machinist, Dan’s racing days could have been cut short after a tragic drag racing crash deprived him of his sight. But that’s not the story Dan wanted to write, so he devised a way to continue racing – on both motorcycles and in cars – and is now the fastest blind man alive. Hear the whole story on this episode of the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast!
If you’ve tuned into a live audio stream of an SCTA race, you’ve probably heard the coverage and insights of Seldom Seen Slim, also known as Jon Wennerberg. But did you know he’s also a motorcycle record holder? Tune in to hear the stories from the salt on the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast!
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.
Performance automotive enthusiasts are always concerned about new legislation designed to restrict the freedoms of car owners, and in this episode of the V8 Radio Podcast, Kevin Oeste and Mike “Q-Ball” Clarke take a look at a recent New York law affecting exhaust modifications. Thanks to SEMA for the info. They also chat about the 2025 “Zora” Corvette, a 1000HP, 1000 ft. lbs. gasoline / electric hybrid that might be the swan’s song of the C8. There is also an update on the new Bonneville Up To Speed podcast! The Automotive Trivia is present as always, along with a few laughs and other bits of car enthusiast knowledge (and nonsense) on the V8 Radio 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!