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    Accidental Vintage Rider pohlf's Avatar
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    Speed Week moment - Alfa records at B'ville

    Forget your carbon footprint for a moment and consider the exploits of a small group of guys from the midwest that built up a '91 Alfa Spider - nicknamed Bonnie - to take on some speed records this last week. They've been doing this most years since '99.

    They managed to break 2 records (same engine/body - different fuel) - with a custom built, turbo'd 2000cc motor. The block/head are Alfa Romeo - with the head being a twin spark from a Euro car. The injection/spark system represents leading-edge technology from various US-based manufacturers that unofficially contribute to this effort. As an example, spark timing can be varied per cylinder through a laptop and the engine mgmt. s/ware - good stuff.

    This car remains the world's fastest fully bodied Alfa Romeo - now at 230+MPH

    The records broken this last week (pardon the formatting):
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    Number Entry Name Engine Body OldRec NewRec(Speed) Driver/Rider

    2001 AutocomponentI G BFMS 221.252 225.839 Bill Lightfoot

    2081 AutocomponentI G BGMS 217.152 230.352 James Steck

    From this year's event:


    From 2008:


    Having attended Speed Week in '05, and helped Bonnie's team, I have immeasurable admiration for these racers.

    see you on the salt

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    I ain't no newbie redirekib's Avatar
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    I could save time on my commute with that for sure.
    "Never send a monkey to do a man's job." ~ Captain Leo Davidson ~

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