WORLD SPEED RECORDS RATIFIED BY USAC & FIA
USAC World Record Run Chief Steward David Petrali has received ratification from FIA recognizing World Speed Records established during September at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
George Poteet, piloting the Poteet & Main “Speed Demon” Streamliner during the Mike Cook Shootout September 17, set new FIA International Category A, Group 1, Class 10 records in the kilometer and mile distances by averaging the following speeds: 439.562 mph and 707.408 kph in the kilometer and 439.024 mph and 706.540 kph in the mile. The records had already been eclipsed by Poteet during runs the previous day which shattered the previous records.This makes the Speed Demon the fastest piston-engine, wheel-driven World record setting car in history. No other piston-engine car has ever achieved this speed!
In addition, records for Category A, Group 2, Classes 6 and 8 were also eclipsed during September 17 and 19 runs.
Alan Rice, driving the Rice/Vigeant Racing Lakester, set the kilometer record at 204.697 mph and 329-428 kph. His brother James Rice set the mile record at 204.371 and 328.903 respectively. James Knapp, driving the “Barnyard Bearcat” Streamliner, set mile and kilometer records at 298.482 (mph in the mile) and 480.360 (kph in the mile).