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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, 10:52 AM   #3
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A bicycle seat! Makes the early midgets look safe.
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:55 AM   #4
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neato !!
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:56 AM   #5
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wow, that thing is cool and little
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:58 AM   #6
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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, 11:00 AM   #7
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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, 11:04 AM   #8
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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, 11:14 AM   #9
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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   #10
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bad ass,thanks for the friday afternoon history lesson
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:26 AM   #11
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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   #12
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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   #13
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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, 11:39 AM   #14
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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, 11:45 AM   #15
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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   #16
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What a cool story and cool little race car. Thats awesome.
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Old 07-31-2009, 12:06 PM   #17
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Bad ass!
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Old 07-31-2009, 12:14 PM   #18
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Thank you, Mr. Burke, for starting something cool and exciting!

Great history lesson Ryan! Thanks man!
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Old 07-31-2009, 12:41 PM   #19
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I've been intrigued by this car from the first time I saw pictures of it.
Some vintage shots showed up recently in Hop Up vol X. pp 122 and 123 and in Hop Up vol 9 p 117.
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Old 07-31-2009, 12:45 PM   #20
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I've known Bill from his early days selling advertising for McMullen, to the 80's at Bonneville when he and his son were thrashing on that blown Avanti.
I'm thrilled that this project has been completed, and he will be there to see it.
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