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Event Coverage George Poteet @ Bonneville Today

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Bib Overalls, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. For those of you who follow Land Speed racing George Poteet went in to the record books again today. He took the Speed Demon to a two way average of 419 MPH. No other man has gone faster, record wise, than George in a piston driven land vehicle. He did it with a "D" motor. Tomorrow he will try to break the record he set today with a "C" motor. His best run ever was a 457 MPH blast at Speed Week 2011 but he was unable to make a backup run.

    More information here:
  2. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,545


    Always glad to see when a nice guy gets in the record books.
  3. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 26,148

    Jalopy Joker

    Thanks for posting

  4. big vic
    Joined: Jan 3, 2010
    Posts: 400

    big vic
    from cary il

    oh yeah! thanks for posting
  5. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 6,694


    He da man....
  6. 48 Chubby
    Joined: Apr 29, 2008
    Posts: 1,014

    48 Chubby
    Member Emeritus

    Proof positive that nice guys don't all ways finish last.
    You go George go!!
  7. Cool guy just got cooler!
  8. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,884


    Congratulations! Was this a FIA event? Bob
  9. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,383


    Thanks for the news!
  10. Yes. Big difference is the two hour turn around. They have to hustle.
  11. Great to hear that George broke the record,,the man is living the dream and is passionate about both racing and hot rods.

    Truly a nice guy,Congratulations. HRP
  12. A remarkable feat for sure... CONGRATS!
  13. spinout
    Joined: Jan 15, 2008
    Posts: 333

    from Dallas, TX

    A "D" engine is 306 cubic inches or less. A "C" engine starts there and goes up to 372 inches, I believe.
  14. Rich Wright
    Joined: Jan 9, 2008
    Posts: 3,922

    Rich Wright

    Impressive record
    Impressive car
    Most importantly... Impressive man:)
  15. turdytoo
    Joined: May 14, 2007
    Posts: 1,560


  16. If you go over to you can get real time updates of all the ruuns at Cooks Shootout. There is no live stream for this event but we will have audio for the finals.
  17. PossumJR.
    Joined: Oct 26, 2009
    Posts: 423

    from Walls,MS

    AWSOME! I have grown up around Mr.Poteet he is a active member of the "Memphis Street Rodders" who are the oldest club around our parts. He heard i was building an A model a few years back and asked me to pay him a visit at his shop a few minutes from where i live, so the following weekend my dad I go down and visit him. After spending a couple hours talking and looking at his cars he begins giving me things to help finish my car that i couldnt afford, Steering wheel,gauges,brake pedal assembly,polished straight steering column,etc; This is not your typical greedy rich man. He is a cool guy and will do whatever he can to help his fellow hot rodders especially the youngsters like me.
  18. excellent. It was fun last year for the finals sitting in Norway listening to the live feed!
  19. BOBBYA312
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 140

    from Ala

    Just ran 449. Did the Speed Demon start out as Ron's flathead powered liner? Think I saw an article in Hot Rod about Dick Landy(?) building the motor several years ago.
  20. Yes,it was called "Flat Attack" I think...
  21. Flatfire was the name when it ran a flathead. I believe that the current engines are Duttweiler built.

    After the flathead, it ran a GM Ecotec and was called Ecofire.

    Yes, congrats to a good guy and team, very impressive.
  22. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 10,003


    It is my understanding that the Speed Demon looks very similar to Flat/Echo fire but is a new, different car.
  23. RichFox - You are correct! ...

    FlatFire.jpg EcoFire.jpg SpeedDemon.jpg
    click thumbnails to enlarge

    Click HERE to see construction pics of the Speed Demon.
  24. Congratulations! Its difficult to imagine that speed from a piston engine.
  25. Wow, learned something today! I thought they were the same car.

    I will say that in-person the two cars and specifically Speed Demon are very slick and incredible builds. The packaging to get the V8 engine and turbos inside the body shell is quite a feat.
  26. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 10,003


    They are going for 400 with the 4 cylinder today.
  27. eaglebeak
    Joined: Sep 17, 2007
    Posts: 1,162


    There is a team in Washington state that are going for 500 MPH.
    Two engines.
  28. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 10,003


    Yeah Marlo. But it is one thing to go for it. P&M are out there now.

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