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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 3:50 pm    Post subject: VW Challenge Land Speed Records through 2013 Reply with quote

G'day Challengers

After receiving the Fast 8 Bugs history the other day Steve Madoski wrote wondering what the Fast 8 Ghia's were. Good question and here is what I found in my research. This is the list of the eight fastest production bodied land speed racing Karmann Ghia's over the past five decades. Production bodied means no aerodynamic assists such as wings or spoilers to aid stability.


1987 Larry Monreal.................68 Ghia 1915cc Turbo......167.480 mph
Bob Godfrey Car Craft motor
5 Speed transaxle
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1976 Ray Filteau/John Weston..64 Ghia 1900cc Turbo......152.372 mph
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2012 Tom Simon/Britt Grannis..70 Ghia 2332cc Carb.......150.343 mph
Hart/Adragna Motor
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2013 Zach/Talor Burns.............74 Ghia 2012cc Carb......146.909 mph
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1979 Mike Manghelli/Brehm......56 Ghia 1980cc Carb......144.00 mph
Sorry, no photo's available in Production trim with bumpers!
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2006 Rick McLean/Boelcke........68 Ghia 1967cc Carb......140.417 mph
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1969 Al Nichols/Veldman..........56 Ghia 1900cc Carb......134.32 mph
Note: Front air scoops were allowed in SCTA Production in 1969
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2013 Tom Bruch/Anderson.......69 Ghia 1378cc Turbo....128.939 mph
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Get ready for World of Speed in September. Gonna be fun.........................

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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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BIG BLOCK, W/C & 36 hp
TOP SPEED RECORDS
VW CHALLENGE


Small Block……………..36hp
Big Block………………..40hp, 1300, 1500, 1600
Super Block…………….T4/T2/914…1700,1800,2000
Water Cooled…………..All Gas and Diesel



Current as of March 5, 2014

FASTEST 4 CYLINDER VW
2012 Dewey Potter 212.922mph 00 Passat 2000cc BV



AIR COOLED
BUG/SUPER BEETLE(without Aero)
1997 Dean Lowry 133.062 73 Super 2332cc EM
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BUG/SUPER BEETLE(with Aero)
1988 Hans Dahlback 174.705mph 55 Bug __?__cc SW
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BAJA BUG
2009 Cody Johnson 100.509mph 61 Bug 2180cc BV

VOLKSROD
2011 Richard Luna 119.207mph 67 Bug 2275cc BV
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KARMANN GHIA
1987 Larry Monreal 167.480mph 68 Ghia 1875cc BV
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SS36BUG
2013 Bryan Houston 88.4mph 65 Bug 1192cc MM

SS36GHIA
2014 Dick Simon 85.8mph 56 Ghia 1192cc MM

SS36BUS
2010 Todd Penn 56.233mph 60 Single Cab1192cc BV
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SSS36BUG
2010 Justin McAllister 99.370mph 74 Bug 1621cc BV


SSS36GHIA
2014 Dick Simon 87.7mph 67 Ghia 1192cc MM

SSS36BUS
2012 Greg Urritia 55.411mph 63 Kombi 1192cc BV

DSS36BUG
2012 Bill Hatfield 114.909mph 99 Bug 1602cc BV

DSS36GHIA
2012 Tom Bruch 108.186mph 69 Ghia 1602cc BV
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DSS36BUS
2012 Ronnie Fietlesen 86.664mph 60 SingleCab1482cc BV

K36BUG
1961 Dick Beith 101.296mph 56 Bug 1282cc BV

K36GHIA
Open - no record

K36BUS
Open - no record

NA36BUG
2011 Tom Bruch 126.236mph 66 Bug 1378cc BV
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NA36GHIA
2013 Tom Bruch 128.9398mph 69 Ghia 1378cc OH

NA36BUS
Open - no record

WW36 Bug
2010 Kim Slaughter 70.914mph 58 Bug 1192cc BV

WW36 Ghia
2011 Craig Wilson 84.42mph 67 Ghia 1285cc BV

WW36 Bus
2011 Ronnie Feitelsen 68.851mph 60 SingleCab1192cc BV

SS1600BB Bug
2013 Rudy Bahnsen 95.0972mph 70 Bug 1585cc OH


SS1600BB Ghia
2011 Craig Wilson 79.405mph 67 Ghia 1585cc BV

SSSBB
2012 Jan Atkinson 111.124mph 72 Super 1776cc BV
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TYPE 2 Steve Muller 117.878mph 57 Kombi 2700cc AU
T2/4
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TYPE 3
2013 Jon Findlay 75.800mph 70 Fastback __?__cc AU

TYPE 4
OPEN-No Record

BUGGY
2012 Brad Humenny 121.253mph 62 Buggy 2332cc BV
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SANDRAIL
1977 Mark Gyzebyk 152.780mph Grizzly 1999cc BV

KIT CAR/CUSTOM VW
1971 Ken Lowry 160.470mph 60 Amante 1500cc BV

TRIKE
OPEN-No Record

MOTORCYCLE
OPEN-No Record

LAKESTER/FORMULA VEE
1985 Jared Collier 189.786cc Frameworks 2800cc BV

STREAMLINER
1990 Skip Moore 161.870mph Streamliner 1776c EM
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WATER COOLED GAS(4 cyl)
BEETLE/NEW BEETLE
2010 Greg Hogue 128.500mph 00 NB 2000cc TX

RABBIT/GOLF/PICK UP/JETTA
2011 Keith Pedersen 195.582mph 80 Pick-Up 2000cc BV

SCIRROCO/CORRADO
2011 Rene Berger 145.96mph ?_ Corrado 2000cc DE

PASSAT/CC
2012 Dewey Potter 212.922mph 00 Passat 2000cc BV

VANAGON/EUROVAN/5
OPEN-No Record

LAKESTER/FORMULA VEE
2007 Dan Chilson 212.610mph Frameworks 2153cc BV


WATER COOLED GAS(6 CYL)
GOLF/JETTA/RABBIT/PICK-UP
2010 Jeremy Freedman 208.100mph 97 Golf 2981cc VR6 TX

WATER COOLED DIESEL
PRODUCTION
2009 Connie Hogue 132.445mph 00 Nu Beetle2000cc 4 TX
2007 Kevin Winder 116.546mph 83 Pick-Up 1497cc 4 BV
2006 Frank Deinbacher 124.300mph ?_ T5 MH __?__cc DE

STREAMLINER
1980 Keke Rosberg 224.990mph Volkswagen 2400cc 5 IT
2011 Kevin Winder 149.182mph Winder 2000cc 4 BV

HYBRID(VW Engine or Body or Production VW Hyb.)
2012 Carlos Lago 187.147mph 13 Jetta 1400cc 4 BV
2009 Jim Bradshaw 165.714mph 70 Ghia 1497cc 4 BV
2009 Jacob Staub 97.740mph 00 Honda 1200cc 3 BV


FASTEST VW CHRONOLOGY(4 cyl)

2012 Dewey Potter 212.922 mph Bonneville
Passat 2.0 Turbo WC
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2007 Dan Chilson 212.610mph Bonneville
Lakester 2.0 Turbo WC

1987 Jared Collier 199.902mph Bonneville
Lakester 2.0 Turbo WC

1985 Jared Collier 189.786mph Bonneville
Lakester 2.8 Carb AC

1979 Burke LeSage 160.740mph(tie) Bonneville
Belly Tank 1.5 F.I. AC

1971 Ken Lowry 160.740mph(tie) Bonneville
Kit Car 2.0 Carb AC

1970 Ken Lowry 157.898mph Bonneville
Kit Car 2.0 Carb AC

1969 Bob Newmire 134.930mph Bonneville
Lakester 1.7 Carb AC

1967 Bob Newmire 130.620mph Bonneville
Lakester 1.7 Carb AC

1963 Dick Beith 129.680mph Bonneville
Belly Tank 1.3 Supchg AC

1961 Dick Beith 101.696mph Bonneville
Bug 1.3 Supchg AC

1960 Dick Beith 80.874mph Bonneville
Bug 1.2 Carb AC

1959 Phil Freudiger 67.560mph Bonneville
Bug 1.2 Carb AC

1954 Dick Katayanagi 61.21mph Sacramento CA
Bug 1.2 Carb AC

1949 Otto Matthe 120.110mph Autobahn DE
Type 64 1.1 Carb AC

1939 _____?_____ 86.991mph Autobahn DE
Type 64 1.0 Carb AC



SPECIAL MENTION

1901 Ferdinand Porsche 37.00mph Austria
Lohner-Porsche Mixte(Hybrid)
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

G'day Challengers

One of the most asked questions I get is what is the record for a stock bodied Volkswagen Beetle (Bug or Super)regardless of the type of VW engine powering it? Up until last week, the Hicks/Forlano Beetle was thought to be the fastest VW with a top speed of 132.100 miles per hour at El Mirage Dry Lake in California. Exciting new information came my way when I was able to talk with Mike Fischer who crewed for Dean Lowry on his last VW racer, a 1973 Super Beetle he too raced at El Mirage. On their first trip to the desert, the Lowry/Fischer VW (which would use a Herrod's Helper rear wing in all later runs!) went 133.062 miles per hour making it the new king of production bodied land speed racing Beetles. Mike by the way will soon be joining the VW Challenge with a beautiful new LSR Ghia! The photo below shows Deans Super Beetle at a event with a wing now attached that allowed him to reach over 141 miles per hour. Sadly, Dean passed away shortly after that final run without ever finding the true potential of the car.

Also below is a list of the "FAST 8" production bodied Beetles and surprisingly, Dean is also at the other end of that bracket with his 1966 Bonneville top speed in the EMPI Inch Pincher at 125.86 miles per hour.

Here is the list of the eight fastest production bodied land speed racing Beetles over the past five decades. Production bodied means no aerodynamic assists such as wings or spoilers to aid stability which becomes a huge problem when Beetles reach the 130 mile per hour range.


1997 Dean Lowry/Fischer.......73 Super Beetle 2332cc F.I........133.062 mph
Revmaster Motor 5 speed
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1991 Hicks/Forlano...............61 Bug 2234cc Carb......132.100 mph
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1995 Bob Stahl.....................65 Bug 1976cc Carb......131.582 mph
Type 4
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1992 Burlile/Hart..................74 Super Beetle 2378cc F.I........131.296 mph
Manghelli Motor
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1969 Pete Barker..................68 Bug 1982cc Carb.....131.100 mph
note: Scoop under the front was a "legal" BNI Production rule in 1969!
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2013 Nigel Wood(England)....73 Super Beetle 2666cc Carb.....131.000 mph
Type 4 5 speed
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2011 Bruch/Anderson...........66 Bug 1378cc Turbo...126.23 mph
36hp Bruchrasa S/P
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1966 Dean Lowry/Empi.........56 Bug 1941cc Carb....125.86 mph
"Inch Pincher" 40hp Denzel D/P 5 speed
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Get ready for World of Speed in September. Gonna be fun............................

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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

G'day Challengers

After receiving the Fast 8 Bugs history the other day Steve Madoski wrote wondering what the Fast 8 Ghia's were. Good question and here is what I found in my research. This is the list of the eight fastest production bodied land speed racing Karmann Ghia's over the past five decades. Production bodied means no aerodynamic assists such as wings or spoilers to aid stability.


1987 Larry Monreal.................68 Ghia 1915cc Turbo......167.480 mph
Bob Godfrey Car Craft motor
5 Speed transaxle
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.



1976 Ray Filteau/John Weston..64 Ghia 1900cc Turbo......152.372 mph
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.



2012 Tom Simon/Britt Grannis..70 Ghia 2332cc Carb.......150.343 mph
Hart/Adragna Motor
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.




2013 Zach/Talor Burns.............74 Ghia 2012cc Carb......146.909 mph
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


1979 Mike Manghelli/Brehm......56 Ghia 1980cc Carb......144.00 mph
Sorry, no photo's available in Production trim with bumpers!
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.



2006 Rick McLean/Boelcke........68 Ghia 1967cc Carb......140.417 mph
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.



1969 Al Nichols/Veldman..........56 Ghia 1900cc Carb......134.32 mph
Note: Front air scoops were allowed in SCTA Production in 1969
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.




2013 Tom Bruch/Anderson.......69 Ghia 1378cc Turbo....128.939 mph
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Get ready for World of Speed in September. Gonna be fun.........................

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Not sure how many are aware, Larry Monreal of Larrry's Old Volks Home passed away this past April, just after Easter. I had the honor of helping the family clear out the shop. It was a race against time as the neighborhood thieves were helping themselves by night while we were clearing cleaning by day.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tasb wrote:
http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/rr301/36hplandspeedracer/130%20Ghias/Monreal57_004Small.jpg

Not sure how many are aware, Larry Monreal of Larrry's Old Volks Home passed away this past April, just after Easter. I had the honor of helping the family clear out the shop. It was a race against time as the neighborhood thieves were helping themselves by night while we were clearing cleaning by day.

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Glad you got the chore done. Larry had accullmulated a lot of VW items over the years and your task was immense.

I am sure the family appreciated all of your effort.

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