Building Horsepower for World-Record Speed
HE QUEST FOR A 200-mph record might not be on the top of most peoples’ bucket list, but for Rob Phillips and his ’69 C-10, known as the ZR10, this dream is starting to take shape.
Want to go 200 mph and make it count? The Southern California Timing Association hosts two events that currently recognize those who go 200 mph, El Mirage and Bonneville. While some racers choose to compete officially in only one of these events, most racers try to participate in both. Many of the vehicles also run multiple classes within each event.
As of 2016, there is no current record at El Mirage for the Blown Modified Pickup Engine B class (BMP/B). For Modified Pickup Engine B class (MP/B), the current record is 168.671 mph. This means that Phillips can make a pass in BMP/B, remove the blower and make another pass in MP/B, possibly setting two records.
Bonneville is a little more complicated than El Mirage. If Phillips decides to participate at Bonneville, he must run over 200 mph in order to set a record in either class. In the BMP/B class, the record currently stands at 238.517 mph. In the MP/B class, the record isn’t far behind with 225.246 mph.
Receiving the famous red 200 mph hat given to drivers who run 200 mph or faster at either El Mirage or Bonneville is also a lure to compete.