Archive for May 7th, 2008

1928 Video Clip of Opel Land Speed Record Car

Thanks to AutoRacing1.com for this interesting find this afternoon:

“In May 1928 on Berlin’s AVUS racetrack, Fritz Von Opel set a speed record of an estimated 238 km/h in a rocket-powered car, the RAK 2. Von Opel, grandson of Opel Motor Car Company founder Adam Opel, and his partners used 24 solid-fuel rockets packed with 120 kilograms of explosives to propel the RAK 2 forward. More than 3000 guests from show business, sports, science and politics including movie star Lilian Harvey and boxer Max Schmeling attended the event. Available video includes archive shots of the event (In German).”

Vintage Video

ACTion News

Must be even Mother Nature is a race fan.  She put up a fuss all day on Saturday during the Thunder Road Merchants Bank Car Show and wiped out half of the afternoon practice, but kindly stepped aside to let the 10th Annual Merchants Bank 150 – Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl’s 49th season opener – go on as planned.

Scott Payea served notice that he is definitely ready to wrestle the American-Canadian Tour championship away from Jean-Paul Cyr by taking the Merchants Bank 150 checkered flag for the second year in a row.  After three events, Payea now leads the point standings by five markers over Patrick Laperle.  In perhaps a bit of a surprise to some, John Donahue sits third ahead of Cyr and Brent Dragon.  Donahue, by the way, drove from 30th to finish 9th in the 150.

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Palmer & Corey Win Wild N Wacky Opener

Waterford, CT — Jason Palmer passed George Whitney at the halfway point, going on to win the 20-lap Legends feature at Waterford Speedbowl’s first Wild n’ Wacky Wednesday of  the season. Palmer was trailed by Mark Bakaj, Whitney, Justin Rau, and, Glen Billings.

Other Feature winners were Rob Corey (Super X Car), Mike Walsh (X Car), and, Bill Gerstch, Jr. (X Modified).

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