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Old 09-11-2009, 10:03 AM   #1
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A few weeks ago, we featured the first belly tank to ever hit Bonneville. It was built by a mild mannered yet seriously respected man by the name of Bill Burke. Assuming you don't know the name would ...

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Old 09-11-2009, 10:06 AM   #2
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Fun read and visit back in time. Great way to start the morning, thanks!
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Old 09-11-2009, 10:37 AM   #3
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Bill Burke is a very intersting man to visit with, He has so
many Bonneville stories of his early days. Bill is a very cool
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Old 09-11-2009, 12:06 PM   #4
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I've enjoyed more than a few wet lunches with Bill when he was the one and only ad salesman for Car Craft, Hot Rod, and Rod & Custom. Most, if not all, of our clients were more than happy to contribute parts, pieces and and a helping hand to Bill. A true living legend and a hell of a nice guy.
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Old 09-11-2009, 12:50 PM   #5
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Ryan ... I've been meaning to start a "Bill Burke Pictorial History" thread ... now I don't have to! ... thanks for the cool pics and the history lesson!
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Old 09-11-2009, 08:36 PM   #6
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Great read. Thank you for sharing.
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Old 09-12-2009, 06:52 AM   #7
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Talk about a pioneer on so many levels. And talk about balls on so many levels. These depression era inovators like Bill Burke are national treasures to say the least. When you think of the advancements in mechanical technology and speed that took place during a 20 to 30 year period it's mind blowing. Also, this was also one of the last times in our history where the military was taking it's cues from the civilian sector as far as engineering, horsepower and speed. Whether it was in the air races over Cleveland or on the dry lakes of California. Guys like Bill Burke were pushing the limits with no safety net or compensation. They hung it out there, spent their hard earned dough and set and broke records at a break-neck speed, both figuratively and literally!!

I can't imagine what a buzz he caused when he rolled up with the belly tank for the first time! What a wild assed ride that thing must have been.
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Old 09-12-2009, 04:29 PM   #8
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Hi Gang....

I visited Bill Burke last week and took some shots of him with the belly tank we recently built. Attached is one of the photos. Bill is in purple and his son Steve is standing next to him.

Hope you enjoy...

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The Kellison and also that streamliner are just plain cool.
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Old 09-12-2009, 09:00 PM   #10
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I've told this tale before. When I was in grammar school my walk home, with a slight detour, took me by the Burke house in the San Gabriel Village. If I was lucky the garage door would be open and I could get a look at a belly tank or stream liner parked inside. And once or twice, a car was actually pushed outside. But I never saw anyone outside and I did not have the nerve to knock on the door. My loss. Many years later I found out Bill's son Steve and my brother Mike were best of friends.
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Hi Gang....

I visited Bill Burke last week and took some shots of him with the belly tank we recently built. Attached is one of the photos. Bill is in purple and his son Steve is standing next to him.

Hope you enjoy...

Geoff
Got any more details on this car? That looks seriously fun.
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:55 AM   #12
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Hi Fiat128....

Here’s a summary of links on the internet about the belly tank. These are the stories covered by Hemmings in the last few months. Hope you enjoy. Just click on the first link and then the remaining links for each story.

This shows the progression from when we started the belly tank project, it’s arrival and showing at Bonneville, and it’s final stop on the journey at the NHRA Museum in Pomona California. Here are the links:

http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2...ion-under-way/

http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2...ion-continues/

http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2...to-bonneville/

http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2...hits-the-salt/

http://tinyurl.com/lons3k

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