Briefly going back to Ventura's Auto Show Festival, is this view of a land rocket ship, the Speed Demon. On an ancient dry sea bed at Wendover, Nevada, on September 17, 2012, George Poteet drove his Speed Demon to the speed record for piston driven vehicles. Poteet accelerated his Demon to 706 KPH (439 MPH). He has also been clocked at 457 MPH in a one way direction. Ken Duttweiler built the Chevy engine.
American auto enthusiasts have long been fascinated with going faster and faster with their own "speed demons", including me. And the West's deserts are a fine place to test your vehicle's acceleration, even illegally sometimes on a long straight stretch of desert road.
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Oceania (5062) 2013-10-14 6:35
Is this a car or what? I can imagine that the speed of the Speed Demon is extremely fast. So, it can be only driven in a place without speed limit.
PS: If my memory serves me right, the first critique I gave you was about a picture of Yellowstone NP.
serp2000 (40954) 2013-10-14 7:08
When I've looked to the thumbnail my first idea was about a bolid without the wheels. I thought what's so strange idea to post this invalid here ))) Good report, Ray. Very informative note about this Speed Demon.
Noel_Byrne (25670) 2013-10-14 8:32
Why does remind me of Reeses peanut butter cups? Must be the color.....Sorry, weird thought.
A cool car and the speeds its acheived are really incredible. I have seen videos of cars shooting across the arid landscape, and it takes a braver man than I to pilot something like this at that speed. Did Craig Breedlove lose his life in such a venture? Love the angle again that you chose on this, and a great report on a car probably a little less well known than most.
All the best
fabbs99 (16779) 2013-10-14 20:25
Brilliant shot Ray,
Very attractive capture in great contrasts and colors.Very well done,TFS.
jhm (141163) 2013-10-15 2:32
I think that name is very well chose of these specially car
Your picture is made with a lot quality and sharpness.
Very well done, TFS.
EstudioChispa (2070) 2013-10-17 13:34
Great way to present this machine, Ray! Also, thanks for the informative note, as I was not aware of this record. That's awesome fast for pistons! I'm curious about the wheels arrangement (I'll hit the internet right away!) -- are we looking at a 2, 3, or 4-wheeler?
Let me tout a Lakes Racer I saw at a show a few years back -- I was kinda proud of this shot and it hasn't gotten much love. Maybe I overdid the post-processing, I dunno. I have another version I like even better where I let the background go even more pale. Anyhow, I call it "Mesmerized."
mcmtanyel (14543) 2013-10-19 18:47
What a beautiful little demon this is! Now you'll have to tell us about your own speed demon and maybe post a pic?