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READY LIKE TEDDY TELLS THE TALE FROM 100 YEARS OF BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS RACING

                    A century of speed has rolled across the famed Bonneville Salt Flats. Starting in 1914, with “Terrible” Teddy Tetzlaff, the velocity milestones are still rising, roaring and raging. The 2014 racing season brings Kaylin Stewart, a rookie 16 year-old teenager to the starting line determined to set a class record in excess of 200 miles per hour.  First-time racers at the Bonneville Salt Flats are affectionately called “salt virgins” because running on the panoramic sodium-soaked pancake always imparts startling insight about its many hidden difficulties. Every smarty pants who thinks …

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A SHOP TOUR AT MANNS RESTORATION

Manns Restoration Does World-Class Work in a Tiny Missouri Town BY “LANDSPEED” LOUISE ANN NOETH This small town crew knocks out world class cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles and fire engine that can be found in museums all around the globe. This humble gang of talented guys have won every “Best of Show” from Pebble Beach to Amelia Island and even had a command performance with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle. Let’s get this out of the way: Festus. Yes, Festus. As in Missouri. A name that begs comical commentary despite its biblical origins. It is certainly not the first place …

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GOODGUYS GAZETTE DUMPS LANDSPEED LOUISE

It was an odd, yet unquestionably puzzling way that I discovered I had been fired. When the January 2015 Goodguys Gazette arrived and my name was gone from the masthead, a spot it been for more than 12 years, I finally got the message. My Fuel For Thought column and the occasional special features and photos were history. Emails had gone unanswered for months and phone calls were never returned. I should be livid, but I am only saddened by the reality that the one place the land speed racing community could count on reading something monthly about their marvelous …

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Pennzoil Platinum Synthetic Racing Oil: Pretty Puffery or Power Protector?

    In late June, I was the guest of Shell and Pennzoil at the Shell Technology Center as well as the Grand Prix of Houston. While many were enamored with the double-header of open-wheel racing I was focused on getting details about the Pennzoil Platinum synthetic motor oil. Yeah, OK, another snake oil in a pretty silver package, right? Maybe. What caught my attention is that this “synthetic” is derived from nearly pure natural gas. Some big brains figured out how turn gas into a liquid to form a base oil into which they then blend in some additives …

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ESPN2 BROADCASTS COVERAGE FROM BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS

Happily, mainstream media is starting to recognize the tremendous efforts of land speed racers — the fastest people in the world! The  a  7-minute segment on Mike Cook’s Bonneville Shootout Saturday,  November 5th at noon (EST), part of the NASCAR nationwide pre-race show. Can’t wait? No problem, watch the fast-paced, energy-laden mini-saga here: espn.go.com/video/clip?id=7190038&categoryid=2378529 Rocky Robinson, the fastest rider on 2 wheels at 376MPH didn’t wait; he checked in with me saying, “Just watched the ESPN video of the Shootout. Awesome job. Wish I could have stayed around to be part of it. I sure hope you are coming back …

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