Tom Burkland, for Love of Family, Friends and Bonneville:Bonneville Stories
Tom Burkland shares his experience and family racing archives that started in the late 60's on the salt. He also is one of the track coordinators at the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials where history is made every year and where this story is told. Tom, Linda, Gene, and Betty Burkland own the fastest piston-powered SCTA record in history. On October 16, 2004, Tom Burkland climbed into his family's PPG Auto Finishes Orange AA/BFS streamliner at Bonneville and cranked a new two-way average of 417.020.
Land Speed Record Turbinator's Fastest Run 470 mph
August 2001, during the Speed Week trials on the Bonneville Salt Flats, Don Vesco set the fastest one way time for a wheel driven car ever at an amazing 470 mph. Don's "Turbinator" was powered by a stock 3750 hp T55 turboshaft engine. Don was forced to shut down at 470 due to the short, 5 mile course, even though he was not throttled up all the way. He returned in Oct. to officially establish the F.I.A. absolute wheel driven record at 458.440.
Speedweek 2008 the Burkland Streamliner
A closeup of the Burkland Streamliner. This car has run over 450 MPH one way. It is powered by two aluminum Donovan 417 Aluminum Hemi Chrysler Racing Engines on Methanol and Nitromethane.
Burklands @ 450MPH+
Team Burkland running 450MPH @ Bonneville salt flats