Drag racing and land speed record attempts on the salts of Bonneville and elsewhere have always been inextricably linked to one another, and while both are of the straightline variant, the cars and engines of the two venues are built to do very different things.
Now, we’ve all had the opportunity to witness, either in person or via internet video, the dyno testing of many forms of drag racing engines, but what does a dyno run on an engine meant to carry speed for miles at a time look and sound like? Well, Mark Wilcox of Wilcox Garage in Enumclaw, Wash. wants to show you.
Wilcox recently placed his titled and street legal D/Blown Street Roadster ’29 Model A, powered by a 294 cubic inch, small block Chevrolet powerplant sporting an F2 ProCharger, on a local chassis dyno with the cameras rolling, providing a glimpse into what a vehicle producing 800 horsepower and capable of running right at or above 200 miles per hour on the five and seven mile Bonneville courses.
As you’ll notice, due to the high gearing in the car (which often requires land speed vehicles to be pushed off), it takes much longer to reach peak RPM than a car built for drag racing, but nonetheless, this car has some serious grunt.