Bucket List Avanti Hits El Mirage

We first told you about this Studebaker Avanti and its Land Speed Racing legend status in the Land Speed Racing Avanti intro.  We have a quick update for you.  Dan and crew took the #88 Avanti and its borrowed twin supercharged Studebaker V8 to El Mirage for some runs down the dry lakebed at El Mirage.  It was 191 days in the making and it was well worth it.

Studebaker Avanti, El Mirage, Land Speed Racing, Burke Bros, supercharged V8, R5

The Stude looks right at home on the dry, cracked lake bed.  Dan suited up and was able to make 2 runs, well, 1.5 runs.  Before actually getting down the dirt track, it took many hours and helpful hands to get the Avanti to pass tech inspection.  Most of the little things are safety related, like sealing off the interior from fire hazards and the correct protection.

Avanti Dan, El Mirage, land speed racing, Studebaker, racing helmet

Avanti Dan suiting up.  No racing happens without help of family and friends.

Studebaker Avanti, El Mirage, land speed racing, hot rodding,

Two land speed racing Avanti’s at the starting line at El Mirage is a beautiful sight to see.  Dan and team were able to figure out a bunch of bugs, get tech inspected, and get another list together to get ready for Bonneville Speedweek in 24 days (and counting!).

We can’t wait to see the Avanti in its new paint scheme at Bonneville in a few weeks.  In the meantime, to keep up on Dan’s progress and preparations for Speedweek, check out his build thread on RacingStudebakers.com.


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