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Old 11-21-2002, 03:55 PM   #1
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Airstream Land Speed record

I was talking to my friend today and he told me an interesting story.

Back in the 60s his boss worked at Motor Trend
They took a Hemi powered car , hooked up an Airstream trailer and went out to the dry lakes.

Set a record of 117 mph

no sure if anyone ever tried to break this record but it will not be me !

I am trying to get a photo and will post it

ummmm....I guess since this is an Airstream list everyone figured that the Airsteam would be in front !

But I doubt the Hemi powered Dodge or whatever could push it that fast,,,,,and you would need some wild mirrors to see around it !

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Old 11-21-2002, 04:15 PM   #2
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Airstream power

I wonder if the Airstreams built today can push a hemi faster than 117 MPH. That was one baaaaaad Airstream.

Hemi's are pretty heavy you know.


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Old 11-21-2002, 04:15 PM   #3
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my rev limiter keeps cutting in at 99mph! gotta get that fixed! them jayco's just can't seem to keep up.

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Old 11-21-2002, 04:22 PM   #4
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Haulin Hemi

And people question the Vintage Airstream...........

If you really want to get in the wind hook up an Airstream!

I am amazed that the Hemi did not buckle under that kind of tail force.

You can believe that the axles on that ol' Hemi were balanced.

I hear that if you dont have the right hitch er... I mean restraining device, a good ol' vintage will leave your tow vehicle behind.

Must have been one of those souped up Overlanders, they are to be reckoned with!

I am headed for the flats with Hemi in push,
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Old 11-21-2002, 09:25 PM   #5
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I have gone 89mph with my all of my 31ft. in tow!!!! I have the ticket for proof. He gave me a reckless op and the speed, But I got the op dropped, the cop said he was pacing me for 15 to 20 miles. I told the court why did he keep right behind me for so long if he felt I was driving reckless!!! It was a 4 lane about dusk just me and him on the road... I know I did not pass him and no one was behind me and I never saw him come up behind me. So he had to be going a hell of a lot faster to come up behind me!!! If you have to know I have Nationwide full on the truck and a rider for $10,000 for the A/S. Now I had a temp lic on the camper WHY, I had just picked it up for the dealer 2 or 3hr before!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-14-2005, 02:16 PM   #6
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In 2002 Banks Engineering put a Cummins diesel engine in a Dakota and set a land speed record of 205 MPH in 2004 at Bonneville. They took a stock Dodge SRT-10 with the V10 engine and set a record of 154 for a stock truck at the Chrysler Proving Grounds in Michigan.

Either truck could tow an Airstream at an unbelievable speed.

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Old 12-14-2005, 03:20 PM   #7
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Uh.... is there a full moon out? The lunatics seem to have taken over the asylum.

.... but WHY would you want to?
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Old 12-14-2005, 03:53 PM   #8
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I've seen the picture of that - pretty cool.......
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Old 12-14-2005, 03:58 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by PaulaFord
Uh.... is there a full moon out? The lunatics seem to have taken over the asylum.

.... but WHY would you want to?
Just because you can. That might be worth buying a vintage AS just to see if it can be done. I wonder what the top speed of a Hummer H2 is.....
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Old 12-14-2005, 05:38 PM   #10
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I had a 440 Chrysler 4 dr pulling a '67 Overlander at that time, and if I remember correctly, they also conducted brake tests from high speeds, and concluded that with the Kelsey-Hayes brake controller the combined vehicles stopped shorter than with the auto alone. Airstreamers around here were pretty excited about all that, and that 440 I had was a goin' machine.
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Old 12-14-2005, 06:20 PM   #11
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Who says it's gotta be a trailer?

Don't forget some of our Airstream trailers came with big block motors in them. Add a blower, nitrous, headers....heck this thing looks like it's going 118 mpg just sitting there!. With enough time, money and beer I bet we could get this thing over 150!
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Old 12-14-2005, 06:45 PM   #12
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swebster, you know why some of the folks refer to that last set of wheels as a DRAG axel don't ya?
I think the ideal MOHo chassis would be mine.... lots less weight in the coach to begin with. I've got the headers, low tech high volume air intake, just need someone to pay for a Gearvendors unit to give me the gearing. Oh and while we're at it maybe some cooling mods for the engine and tranny.
Just give me a long flat spot to get going.....
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Old 12-14-2005, 07:24 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by PaulaFord
Uh.... is there a full moon out? The lunatics seem to have taken over the asylum.
By a strange coincidence, yes it is...
Also, I towed an Argosy at 95mph with a Dakota, not one of my more intelligent actions.
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Old 12-14-2005, 07:25 PM   #14
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Whow ! Slow down some.

These are recreational vehicles but I don't know about those speeds. I am just looking for a new trout stream.

My little 1959 24 ft Tradewind is so light --- boy those speeds do not sound fun.

I guess on the Salt Flats - if someone wanted to. Not me though.


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