Silver State Classic Challenge '98

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September 17 - 20, 1998: Each vehicle is classified into average speed categories where the object is to cross the finish line with an average speed for the distance of the course as close as possible to your speed category. The catch is there is a minimum speed of 30mph less than your target speed at any point on the course, and a tech speed (speed you cannot exceed without being disqualified) for each speed class. We'll be entering the 135mph speed class this time, thanks to firesuits from Dynojet Research and Motowear International, which has a tech speed of 165mph.

Put on by the
Silver State Classic Challenge, Inc. the event is run on Nevada Highway 318 between Lund and Hiko Nevada. It's not a straight run either, with some turns, bends and even "The Narrows" throughout the course. It's designed to be safe yet fun for all who enter.

With Sean O'Leary as my navigator again, we are planning to put the Dynojet Racing Trans Am WS6 through its paces.

Stay tuned for further developments!

The RESULTS are in!

The race is over and we finished 1st in our class! The car performed flawlessly and we didn't have any problems. Since this event was scheduled to host the inaugural "Public Highway Land Speed Record", media coverage was great. Car & Driver, Autoweek, Mens' Journal as well as ESPN2 and the BBC from Europe were all there. We went through the flying mile speed trap at 154, not yet up to top speed. I should have known to put my foot in it sooner, but the car was still accelerating when we got there. Well, there is always next time.

With the 1999 events around the corner, it looks as if my navigator Sean O'Leary will be stepping down to drive his own car in the event. My Dad will be flying out to navigate for me. We'll also probably step up to the 140 or 145 class, just to add to the excitement.

HERE a reprint of an article in POV Magazine about the September '98 race.