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Old 07-31-2009, 10:41 AM   #1
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Before WWII, Bill Burke was active in the Southern California hot rod and racing scenes. Speed had grabbed Bill by throat and wasn't about to let go. Like many of us, he was a slave to all things fast and hopped up. So it makes sense that even while ...

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Old 07-31-2009, 10:49 AM   #2
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Wow - fantastic history. That must have been an insane ride.
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:04 AM   #3
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Gotta give alot of respect to racers of years past. Bill Burke is most certainly the pioneer of the teardrop shaped race car in America and the WWII tanks are still used today. Amazing.
The guys behind this recreation also need a pat on the back. Beautiful car.
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Old 07-31-2009, 06:51 PM   #4
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What a great tribute

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Gotta give alot of respect to racers of years past.
A great car and Bill definitely had balls driving that at 135mph sitting on a bicycle seat half way out of the car, crazy! & what a legend.

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Bill Burke is most certainly the pioneer of the teardrop shaped race car in America
Pioneer of the belly tank yes, of the teardrop shaped streamliner no. That honour goes to Bob Rufi who designed his whole car around the principal of the most aerodynamic shape being the teardrop with the widest point 1/3 the way down.




Something I've often wondered is when Bill first saw the belly tank on the dock if he thought of Bob Rufi's car and saw a way to gain similar speeds at the lakes.

I hope someone films when Bill sees this amazing recreation and gets his reaction.
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Old 07-31-2009, 09:09 PM   #5
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Fuckin A! He went 130 ON that thing?? It looks like the wind in your face could blow you right out the back of it!!

BALLS.
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Old 08-04-2009, 01:11 PM   #6
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What a great tribute


A great car and Bill definitely had balls driving that at 135mph sitting on a bicycle seat half way out of the car, crazy! & what a legend.


Pioneer of the belly tank yes, of the teardrop shaped streamliner no. That honour goes to Bob Rufi who designed his whole car around the principal of the most aerodynamic shape being the teardrop with the widest point 1/3 the way down.




Something I've often wondered is when Bill first saw the belly tank on the dock if he thought of Bob Rufi's car and saw a way to gain similar speeds at the lakes.

I hope someone films when Bill sees this amazing recreation and gets his reaction.

Not so new. If you survey the fastest swimming fish in the sea, you'll notice they are tear drop shaped with the widest point a third of the way down.
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Old 08-07-2009, 11:05 AM   #7
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Well plans have changed, Tom Bambard and myself are leaving for the salt Sunday morning. We will be there Sunday afternoon and Monday. Looking forward to shaking hands with some HAMBers. Look for us around the Burke pit area. Thanks Ted
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:52 AM   #8
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A bicycle seat! Makes the early midgets look safe.
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:55 AM   #9
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neato !!
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:56 AM   #10
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wow, that thing is cool and little
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:58 AM   #11
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Cripes. That's awesome...I wonder if the new car will be on the salt next week?
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:39 AM   #12
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Cripes. That's awesome...I wonder if the new car will be on the salt next week?
It'll be there.....There will be a presentation of sorts and make a deal out of it.
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:00 AM   #13
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Thanks for the early morning history lesson. That car probably helped make one of the biggest changes in land speed racing that still works even now. It looks like the recreation pretty well captures the spirit of the original car even with the noticeable differences. 120+ in that car in the late 40's must been one exciting ride.


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Old 07-31-2009, 11:14 AM   #14
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Very cool. Bill Burke is a legendary racer, and one of the nicest men on the planet. It is really great that our history has been reclaimed.
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:25 AM   #15
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bad ass,thanks for the friday afternoon history lesson
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:26 AM   #16
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Way cool! I love those old belly tank cars. My dad use to race one on the salt flats.
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:27 AM   #17
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That is too cool, just yeaterday I was looking at that belly tank on the internet, and here it is.
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:33 AM   #18
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Thank You!!! Just passing through Ogden, Utah and saw some salvage tanks and just wondered who thought of the 1st Belly Tank. Now I know. Amazing......
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:45 AM   #19
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I would love to take a shot in something like that. Thats good stuff there.
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:56 AM   #20
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What a cool story and cool little race car. Thats awesome.
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