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Old 07-23-2014, 11:42 PM   #1
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Re: World's Fastest Tow - 141.998 MPH!

"... Diesel Power's Jason Sands pilots a GMC 2500HD and tries to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest speed towing a trailer at El Mirage Dry Lake Bed."

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Old 07-24-2014, 08:41 AM   #2
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They should have pulled an Airstream. They might have gotten even faster.

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Old 07-24-2014, 09:37 AM   #3
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:58 AM   #4
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They should have pulled an Airstream. They might have gotten even faster.

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Perry.

Some 40 plus years ago, Airstream said they towed an Airstream at 100 mph.

As a test, when I was with Caravanner Insurance Company, the insurance division of Airstream, I towed a 1970 31 foot loaded Airstream, with a 1973 Buick, at 115 mph.

This was also recorded on film, so that the proof was not an issue.

Would I do that today?? Heck NO. But I was a lot younger back then.

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Old 07-24-2014, 10:00 AM   #5
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They should have pulled an Airstream. They might have gotten even faster.

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That was my thought too...

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Old 07-24-2014, 02:11 PM   #7
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Re: World's Fastest Tow - 141.998 MPH!

I am more impressed by a 1973 Buick towing a 31 foot Airstream at 115 mph, than with a highly-modified, 3/4 ton pickup with a 1,000+ hp Diesel V8, equipped with twin-turbos, upgraded intercooler, tuned exhaust and 2-stage nitrous-oxide system, towing a 14.5-foot, 2,700 pound SOB.

It's interesting to note that no WD, anti-sway hitch or SAFETY CHAINS were used. Perhaps, they figured it wouldn't make any difference at this speed.

However, like others, I wonder what the result would have been towing an Airstream...
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My husband's comment was they should have used a Bambi and a Ford.
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Old 07-24-2014, 02:29 PM   #9
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I'm just glad they didn't use an AS.... because when the inevitable happened and they wrecked it, it would have shown up on Craigslist as "a few dimples and scratches" a true renovation project. At least with the SOB, when it started tumbling end over end, it would have just been a matter of picking up all the pieces.
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Old 07-24-2014, 02:47 PM   #10
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Re: Guiness World Record - Hi-Speed Tow

They should have CanAm make a hitch for the Bugatti Veyron and tow an Eddie Bauer:

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(OK, I guess any of these cars would work...)
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I think that guy passed me on IH 10 last month on my way to Marfa.
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Wow.. at the end of the video it was interesting they 'unloaded' all those folks and the trailer did not bounce or rise on suspension...would love to have been there!
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Who really cares about that much speed. A good line from the movie cars was -- back then people took to the road to have a good time not to make good time. Let us all slow down and enjoy the VIEW.
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