June 14 2010
Land Speed Record Holder spotted
at Woodland CA car show
Live Oak California
Contributor to OWR3
While attending the 11th annual Woodland, California Hot Rod and Custom Motorcycle Show held June 13, 2010 at the Yolo County Fairgrounds, this writer found the sleek Brant - Wright - Speranza streamliner #919 on display. This beautiful car, built in 1994, is the current record holder at Bonneville in the K/FS class. The FS designation means that it is a streamliner as defined by SCTA (Southern California Timing Association) rules: a car designed and built for Bonneville racing, having four wheels, and at least two wheels covered. The engine class designation, “K” means this car is equipped with a 30 cubic inch Honda engine. With driver Jim Wright at the controls, this car set the current K/FS class record with a two-way average of 180.07 MPH in August 2007, with one run at 198.6 MPH.
John Wright, Randy Speranza, and Dave Brant are the three partners in the streamliner. Dave, who designed and built the car, is a second-generation racer; his father Carroll, raced midgets and big cars before and after World War 2. Dave owned and drove a V8-60 midget in the 1960’s, and was an accomplished motorcycle AMA racer in the 1970’s, and currently operates Brant Engineering in Woodland CA, specializing in Speedway motorcycles, parts and accessories.
Photos by Kevin Triplett
DWS1 "The sleek Brant Wright Speranza streamliner on display"
World Finals October 8-11 2009Bonneville Salt Flats
Michele Brading below has a new record in class "see below". Second time this year on the Salt with a new record.
Driving the Costella Dennee lakester#6060, She came on strong for her second record this year in the Lakester division.
Jack Costella below holds many records on the Salt and Dry lakes as a driver or builder.
Spirit of Rett #1122 came oh so close to being the first over 400mph for "UN"Blown class record.
They had to settle for 392.503 mph record with Charles Nearburg at the wheel. This after exiting the final mile over 400mph.
||Entry Name Engine
||Spirit of Rett
Al the new records set on the Salt last week below.
Long Course Records
||Steinegger & Eshenbaugh
||Cohn Jucewic Monza
||Kenny Hoover (3)
||Spirit of Rett
||Jack Rogers Realtor
||Steve Strupp (2)
||Munz & Busby
||David Busby (2)
||White Goose Bar Racing
||Goldstrom / Jesel
||Jack Rogers Realtor
||Stringfellow & Kirk
||H&H / Old Crow Speed Special
||Steve Benyo (2)
||NRHS V-twin Performance
||FL - Paul Thede
||Van Butler Racing
||Vance & Forstall Racing
||Womack & Sandin
||Jim Meyer Racing
||John V. Dobbs
|Sept 10 2009
Dennis Varni left and 'Retired" Joe Casanova right
Dennis Varni was looking for a good car builder at the time and He found someone that was retired, He wanted to retire his old Belly Tanker and build a new streamliner and go for 300+mph. Well He drug out of retirement a good biuilder by the name of Joe Casanova.
Joe now was really enjoying his new status at the time of being retired. Mind you this was going on three years ago !!!
Anyway they got some parts and proceded to build a car to run in the Class,EBGS,
E, For Engines under 260 cui. B, For Blown they have twin Turbos on it. G, For Gas and S, for Streamliner.
Dennis had some good connections and came up with some of the old Don Vesco stuff. The car will bear a striking resemblance to the Vesco car because they started out with one of His bodies.
Don Vescos Turbinator Below, Team Vesco has announced it will return to Bonneville land speed racing in 2010 and continue the quest of becoming the first wheel-driven vehicle to break through the 500 MPH barrier. Don Vesco established the current record at 458 MPH in 2001. Since Don's passing in 2002, the team has been planning a return to the salt and realize Don's life long dream. The driver has not yet been sellected yet?
Then through another connection got a, 24 vavle inline 6, around 260 CI, Dual over head cam Twin Turbo engine.
Below in line GM 6 cyl the dummy engine
This was developed by GM for who knows what kind of vehicle? It was finaly discarded by GM to never sit in a production vehicle. I was told.
So now with several weeks to go Joe is thrashing to get get this project done. Hopefully We will get to see it run at Winter finals on the Bonneville Salt Flats?
Below are a couple pictures I took at Joes shop where they are thrashing about trying to get it done for Oct Winter finals on the Salt.
Some of the body parts below and right the car with the lower half of the body parts on it.
Retired Joe Casanova Dennis Varni
Well time is running short for them, I sure hope they make it and I wish then good Luck on the Salt.