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10/02 2018

Dave Spangler roared into history as the first wheel-driven automobile to exceed 500MPH on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats

Dateline: Tuesday, October 2, 2018  11:04AM MST

Contact: “LandSpeed” Louise Ann Noeth 805.312.0893
Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah – TEAMVesco Turbinator II cools down after driver Dave Spangler roared into history as the first wheel-driven automobile to exceed 500MPH on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats. The speed machine averaged 493MPH in the measured mile and recorded a 503MPH mark as it exited the timing lights – indicating the car was still accelerating.

“Dave drove the car straight and true,” said jubilant Team Matriarch “Jinx” Vesco. “We have looked over everything and nothing was hurt, we are ready for our record run! It’s been a very long time in coming.”

On Wednesday morning, or later this afternoon (weather permitting) the team will make a return run to satisfy record requirements of the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA), the second run will be averaged to determine new National Record. TEAM Vesco was the Top Record Setter at the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association (USFRA) World of Speed in September with a 482MPH Class record that exceeded the team’s current World Record of 458MPH. In August, at the venerable SCTA Speed Week, the team earned the HOT ROD Magazine Top Time Trophy with a 463.038mph in class 3/T.

Powered by a Lycoming T3 turbine tuned by Advanced Turbine Services, the engine feeds a bespoke reduction gear case that distributes the blistering horsepower to all four wheels simultaneously.

World Finals Race Director and SCTA President Pat McDowell added, “Our organization is very glad to part of history. The is an epic event and amazingly, 500 miles-per-hour DOES look different than 400.”

SCTA Time Slip showing Turbinator II’s historic speed mark recorded at 11:04 AM MST