Both cars were captured in photographs by Gyronaut designer Alex Tremulis during 1965's Speed Week. The following still photographs of both cars all came from his camera. The two videos were taken by Bonneville official Bob Higbee with his ever-present 8mm movie camera. Special thanks to Mark Brazeau of landspeedracingvideo.com for granting permission to use these segments. The "Good Old Days" 2-disk set contains tons of actual vintage footage of both Bonneville and drag racing at its absolute best. A must have!
In the following undated footage, Bob McGrath(?) is getting ready to run, probably in 1969, but no doubt it was a similar scene that was repeated over and over for decades. In the background is Alex Tremulis and his wife Chrissie. Tremulis is wearing the Gyronaut 245mph T-shirt, so the footage is definitely post-1966, and another photo of Alex and Chrissie with the Gyronaut in 1969 shows them in the same clothes. In any case, these are both great vehicles that naturally caught the attention of the famous designer, enjoy!
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Starting life as a "slingshot" dragster, it would prove its worth on the salt, first in 1962 and then setting numerous records over the next three decades.
...and then it's off to another record-setting attempt:
Off to the races without any assistance from a push truck. There's no sound to the video, but somehow you can still hear the chirping tires on the salt and smell the rubber it left behind. Totally insane!!!
The push truck from Auto Parts Performance lines up behind the engine side of the streamliner.
A special thanks to Dick Boschetti for all the comments on this unique streamliner...
Chassis: Alan Richards
Engine: Dick Boschetti
Builder Alan Richards is probably much better known for one of his other "cars", a 55mph, 2.8ci, bicycle-wheeled, mini-streamliner that would be the smallest entry ever on the salt.
Directly behind the twin-boom's push truck is the Studebaker of the Pisano Brothers...
In the next lane over, beside the Gyronaut, is the beginning of Jack Lufkin's sports racer, another legend on the salt, at that time painted white with red wheel disks.